Central Nanaimo Real Estate

To be "central" in Nanaimo means ultra-convenience. These neighbourhoods are within 9-10 minutes of just about any other point in the city, including:

  • The Island's biggest shopping mall
  • Historic Downtown Nanaimo
  • Trailheads for 1km-high Mt Benson
  • Kayak and paddleboard rentals
  • BC Ferries to Vancouver
  • Ferries for three other islands

You can read more below; or, here are homes for sale in Central Nanaimo:

Homes in Central Nanaimo

34 Properties Found. Page 1 of 3

Located In The Heart Of Central Nanaimo Is A Pr...

Photo of Listing #422327

$739,900 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.56 Acres
  • 2,159 ft²

Single Family

1598 Bush Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #422327

Located In The Heart Of Central Nanaimo Is A Prime 0.56 Acre Development Property With A 6 Bedroom, And 2 Bathroom Home With A Legal Suite. Plans Are Currently Designed For The Addition Of An 8 Unit Building With Two 1 Bedroom And Six 2 Bedroom Condos. The ...

Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island

Ideal Family Home Or Investment In Central Nana...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #424917

$599,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,871 ft²

Single Family

2160 Lark Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #424917

Ideal Family Home Or Investment In Central Nanaimo. With 2871 Square Feet Of Living Space Featuring 9 Foot Ceilings, A 2 Bedroom Legal Suite, Rv Parking With Alley Access And A Private Rear Yard. Nice Mountain Views. Enjoy The Modern And Open Concept Living...

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PBO)

7 Year Young Family Home In An Excellent Centra...

Photo of Listing #427809

$529,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 2,542 ft²

Single Family

1024 Thunderbird Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #427809

7 Year Young Family Home In An Excellent Central Nanaimo Location. This 5 Bedroom + Den, 3 Bath Home Includes A 2 Bedroom Legal Suite. The Main Floor Offers An Open Plan With Plenty Of Natural Light. The Large Kitchen Is Complete With A Walk In Pantry, Isla...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Like New! This 3 Year Young Family Home Offers ...

Photo of Listing #426233

$499,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 1,950 ft²

Single Family

1076 Dufferin Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #426233

Like New! This 3 Year Young Family Home Offers Something For The Entire Family. Great Kitchen For The Cook In The Family, Complete With Quartz Counter Tops And Built In Hutch. Fabulous Living Room With Features Ceiling, Fireplace And Ease Care Wood Style La...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Built By Meir Developments! This Fantastic 3 Be...

Photo of Listing #427495

$469,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.12 Acres
  • 1,357 ft²

Single Family

2239 Bourbon Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #427495

Built By Meir Developments! This Fantastic 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Home Is Centrally Located On A Quiet No Through Road And Just Minutes From Your Choice Of Grocery Stores, Fitness Centres, Nanaimo's Frank Crane Arena And Country Club Mall. This Level Entry H...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Welcome To This Charming Home Offering 3 Bedroo...

Photo of Listing #427312

$449,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 1,440 ft²

Single Family

1180 Strathmore Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #427312

Welcome To This Charming Home Offering 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms And A Studio Ideal For A Home Based Business. As Soon As You Enter This Character Home You Will Appreciate The Large Living Room That Entertains An Attractive Fireplace With Built In Cabinetry, ...

460 Realty Inc.

Here's A Home With Lifestyle! 5 Bed, 2 Bath Hom...

Photo of Listing #427485

$445,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 2,533 ft²

Single Family

1118 Thunderbird Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #427485

Here's A Home With Lifestyle! 5 Bed, 2 Bath Home On Big 8260 Sqft Lot With Great Curb Appeal In The Front & 20x28 In-ground Pool Plus Hot Tub Out Back. Recently Painted, Replaced Roof, Installed New Gas Furnace & Updated Blinds, Fixtures, Bathroom & Laminat...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Located In The Heart Of Central Nanaimo Is This...

Photo of Listing #422209

$439,900 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 2,159 ft²

Single Family

1598 Bush Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #422209

Located In The Heart Of Central Nanaimo Is This Renovated 6 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom Home With A New Legal 2 Bedroom Suite. This Property Boasts Spacious Living For A Large Family Or Rental Complex And Is Located Close To Nanaimo Regional Hospital. The Main Lev...

Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island

Excellent Price Possible Mortgage Helper, This ...

Photo of Listing #426877

$439,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,034 ft²

Single Family

2223 Fern Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #426877

Excellent Price Possible Mortgage Helper, This Centrally Located Home Near Beban Park With Five Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms, Family Room, And A Bonus Room In The Garage Is All Ready For Your Family To Move In. With A Current House Appraisal Completed This Hom...

FSBO Real Estate Inc.

This True Character Home In The Heart Of Nanaim...

Photo of Listing #427093

$419,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,826 ft²

Single Family

536 Bradley Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #427093

This True Character Home In The Heart Of Nanaimo Keeping Its Charm But Complete With Plenty Of Updates. Offering 4 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms. Inviting Covered Front Porch With Beautifully Landscaped Gardens Leading To The Main Entrance. As You Enter You Will N...

One Percent Realty Ltd.(Dunc)

Legal Duplex - Close To The Hospital And School...

Photo of Listing #424711

$399,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 2,107 ft²

Single Family

1575 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #424711

Legal Duplex - Close To The Hospital And Schools And Viu Just Around The Corner, Shopping Also Close By, With Buses Running Regularly At Your Doorstep. Making This A Valuable Feature To Attract Tenants. Coin Operated Separate Shared Laundry Area. Bonus Area...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Spacious Central Nanaimo Rancher, Completely Re...

Photo of Listing #427557

$399,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 1,458 ft²

Single Family

2026 Forest Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #427557

Spacious Central Nanaimo Rancher, Completely Renovated. Ideal For Retirees, Empty Nesters Or First-time Buyers Looking For Brand New Updates, This Hospital-area Home Enjoys An Excellent Location Within Walking Distance Of Shops, Amenities & Recreation. The ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

The boundaries of Central Nanaimo would vary according to who you ask - but the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board uses these boundaries:
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The length of Northfield to the Parkway ; south to the Millstream (Pryde Vista) ; downstream to Quarterway ; following Bowen Rd down to Wall St ; jump over the curling rink to Barsby Park ; down to the Pearson St Bridge ; north on the Island Highway back to Northfield.

Central Nanaimo from space

Central Nanaimo Amenities

Terminal Park mall is just across the highway from Central Nanaimo - the mall has an excellent trio of boutique shops all close together: a fish market, a popular family-owned specialty meat shop, and a bakery. AND a liquor store.

On the other side of the area is the Bowen Road corridor, which includes a lot of strip malls. There is the Country Grocer supermarket, the amazing Arbutus Distillery, a veterinary hospital, two Vietnamese restaurants, a Korean barbecue, Greek, more bakeries, specialty meats, fish and chips, drug store, haircutters, women's gym, furniture boutiques and barns, thrift stores, and much more.

The Landlubber Pub, Windward Pub, and Quarterway Hotel (and pub) are all popular meeting places in the area.

Parks and Rec

Central Nanaimo Neighbourhoods & Home Styles

There's been a big explosion of homes in this area, including large clean apartment buildings with amazing mountain views, and affordable new-construction houses and townhomes on smaller lots, convenient to everything.

Hospital Area

The "hospital area" is roughly in the centre of Central Nanaimo. Named for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (the busiest hospital on The Island), this area has some nice family-oriented neighbourhoods, as well as some more run-down ones. I'd be happy to discuss the differences with anyone who needs information for choosing the best area!

Quarterway and Townsite Rd West

 South of the hospital are the Townsite and Quarterway areas. These include some older neighbourhoods from the early 20th century (Quarterway is so named for being a quarter way along the old 1800s road from Nanaimo to Wellington). Some beautiful old homes are here, especially near Townsite Rd and the Pryde Vista golf course near Buttertubs Marsh. There are some older and newer apartment units

Northfield West

The western ends of Boxwood Rd and Meredith Rd - just south of the old Northfield School - seems quite peaceful despite being near the Parkway and a light industrial park. There are some gorgeous views of Mt Benson, here.

In recent years, this space between the corridors of Bowen Rd and the Nanaimo Parkway has been getting snatched up; there is very little left undeveloped.

Home types:

  • New apartment buildings
  • Medium-sized '80s-'90s homes on 7500-8500 sqft lots
  • Some homes on large parcels
  • Houses on ~5250sqft strata lots

Meredith Road Area

This area between the hospital and Northfield Rd, stretching west to Bowen Rd, is generally quiet and family-oriented. Most homes were built in the '70s-'80s, aside from some newer ones in the area west of Woodlands School.

Median lot sizes seem to be about 7500-8000 square feet, though there are some sized 10,000 and even 12,000.

Much of this area feels separated from the retail and service corridors, which is nice for drivers, but not always for pedestrians - but the #3 bus (hospital) does run through here.

Strathmore, Waddington, Millstone

From the old Woodlands High School, east to the highway and then south past St George St almost to Townsite Rd, there is a well-kept but unpretentious neighbourhood comprised mainly of homes built 1960-1990. There are some well-built 1940s-era homes nearer the southern reaches of this stretch, getting even older (for some homes) nearer Mansfield Park and Millstone Ave.

Much of this area is just across the highway from Terminal Park mall and Brooks Landing mall, convenient to the appealing ravine trail of Beach Estates Park as well as the E&N Trailway that appeals to cyclists and joggers. Bowen Park is also just 3-20 minutes' walk away, depending on your starting point.

Boundary Crescent to Holly Avenue (Townsite)

While the far western end of Townsite Rd is characterized by new and old apartments near to Quarterway (see above), and the eastern reach of Townsite is a semi-luxurious drop to the ocean among early-century monster houses, the area in between is what is most commonly referred to when someone says "the Townsite area". There are some beautiful character homes here (as well as everyone's favourite arbutus tree), but some parts of this neighbourhood are considered to be a bit dodgy.

DIV: Townsite is named for the site of "Newcastle Town", a prestigious residential suburb in the early 20th century. It's the area close to the ocean, near the White Spot restaurant.

Satellite map showing location of Central Nanaimo and nearby landmarks

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