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

39 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

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

This Well Maintained Four Plex Is In A Great Ar...

Photo of Listing #422701

$649,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,714 ft²

Fourplex

711 Nightingale Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #422701

This Well Maintained Four Plex Is In A Great Area Within A Short Walking Distance To The Nanaimo Regional Hospital. Long Term, Quality Tenants, Mostly Seniors, Love The Building And Beautiful Yard Area. Building Comprises, 3 One Bedroom, One Bath Units And ...

Realty Executives Mid-Island

Ideal Family Home Or Investment In Central Nana...

Photo of Listing #424917

$639,900 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)

Don't Miss This....no Gst, Home Warranty, Beaut...

Photo of Listing #424441

$519,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 1,812 ft²

Single Family

1040 St George Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #424441

Don't Miss This....no Gst, Home Warranty, Beautiful Home, Huge 9400+ Sf Lot, 2-bedroom Authorized Suite, Rv Parking, Stainless Steel Appliances, Awesome Deck, 7-minute Walk To The Hospital, Located Beside A Beautiful Park (dog Friendly), And An Awesome Cent...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

You Don't Want To Miss This One! Gorgeous 5 Bed...

Photo of Listing #424527

$499,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.24 Acres
  • 2,264 ft²

Single Family

1732 James Way, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #424527

You Don't Want To Miss This One! Gorgeous 5 Bedroom Home In Central Nanaimo. Located On A Quiet Cul-de-sac, Close To Shops And Transit. Upgrades Include Thermal Windows, New Kitchen With Granite Counters, Maple Cabinets And Stainless Steel Appliances. Relax...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Great Family Home In Central Nanaimo Featuring ...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #423541

$489,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 2,269 ft²

Single Family

2110 Lang Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #423541

Great Family Home In Central Nanaimo Featuring 5 Bedrooms & 3 Full Bathrooms. Upstairs Features Spectacular Open Floor Plan. Newer Kitchen With Attractive Wood Cabinetry, Heated Tile Flooring, Large Island, Pantry & Plenty Of Pot Lights. Open To The Dining ...

One Percent Realty Ltd.(Dunc)

Virtual Up/down Duplex Here's A Modern, Stylish...

Photo of Listing #424142

$475,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 2,024 ft²

Single Family

645 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #424142

Virtual Up/down Duplex Here's A Modern, Stylish Home Built From The Git Go To Be A Low Maintenance, Easy Care Revenue Property. Totally Self-contained Suites, Separate Entrances, Separate Laundries And Best Of All: Separate Hydro Meters. Comfortable And Wel...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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

Photo of Listing #424916

$449,900 Active

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

Single Family

1118 Thunderbird Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #424916

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

Here's Your Chance To Own A Nice Family Home Th...

Photo of Listing #423589

$439,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,547 ft²

Single Family

1212 Thunderbird Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #423589

Here's Your Chance To Own A Nice Family Home That Is Centrally Located. 3 Bedrooms On The Main Floor And A 4th Downstairs, Updated Bathrooms, Some Hardwood Floors, Energy Efficient Natural Gas Fired Radiant Heat. There Is A Wood Burning Fireplace In The Mai...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Opportunity For Work And Live Scenario In This ...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #411837

$439,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 3,903 ft²

Single Family

2137 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #411837

Opportunity For Work And Live Scenario In This Residential Home With Commercial Designation On Busy Nanaimo Thoroughfare. Community Corridor (cor3) Zoning Provides For A Wide Range Of Uses Intended To Meet The Day To Day Needs Of The Surrounding Community. ...

RE/MAX Jay Cousins Realty

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

This Home Boasts 3 Bedrooms Upstairs With A 2 B...

Photo of Listing #424347

$435,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.13 Acres
  • 2,023 ft²

Single Family

1475 Boundary Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #424347

This Home Boasts 3 Bedrooms Upstairs With A 2 Bedroom Unauthorized Suite Downstairs. The Spacious Open Floor Plan Upstairs Opens Up To A Large Wrap Around Sun Deck With Access To A Large Backyard. The Lower 2 Bedroom Suite Has Been Fully Updated With A Priv...

Realty Executives Mid-Island

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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