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

46 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

Two Story House, Centrally Located Close To Hos...

Photo of Listing #429753

$649,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 2,780 ft²

Single Family

2125 Boundary Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #429753

Two Story House, Centrally Located Close To Hospital Is Very Well Kept Interior And Exterior Features 3 Bedroom Up , Seprate Living Room,dining And Family Room And Large Kitchen Nook.family Room Features Gas Fireplace Which Can Heat The Whole Upstairs. Down...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Excellent Brand New Home With 2 Bedroom Legal S...

Photo of Listing #430561

$549,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,240 ft²

Single Family

710 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #430561

Excellent Brand New Home With 2 Bedroom Legal Suite.top Quality Finishing And Workmanship.great Room Concept.bright Open Layout.huge Kitchen With Plenty Of Cupboard Space.feature Fireplace In Great Room.large Master Bedroom With Walk In Closet And Beautiful...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Excellent Brand New Home With 2 Bedroom Legal S...

Photo of Listing #430560

$549,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,240 ft²

Single Family

706 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #430560

Excellent Brand New Home With 2 Bedroom Legal Suite.top Quality Finishing And Workmanship.great Room Concept.bright Open Layout.huge Kitchen With Plenty Of Cupboard Space.feature Fireplace In Great Room.large Master Bedroom With Walk In Closet And Beautiful...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Gorgeous Investment Property In The Heart Of Na...

Photo of Listing #430570

$459,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 2,782 ft²

Single Family

2132 Lark Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #430570

Gorgeous Investment Property In The Heart Of Nanaimo. With A New Roof, New Gutters, Downspouts, Soffits, And Plenty Of Interior Updates, This Large Home With Two Suites Is Fully Finished & Has Been Thoughtfully Renovated. The Lower Suite Features A Large Li...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

A Truly Impeccable Open Concept 3 Bed 2.5 Bath ...

Photo of Listing #431129

$449,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 1,517 ft²

Single Family

1064 Moyse Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #431129

A Truly Impeccable Open Concept 3 Bed 2.5 Bath Treasure. Main Level Living With Three Big Bright Bedrooms Upstairs. On The Main Level You'll Find A Spacious Open Plan Living And Dining Area Leading To The Rear Yard. The Kitchen Features Maple Cabinets And A...

460 Realty Inc.

Semi-detached 2-storey Home - Here Is An Excell...

Photo of Listing #430933

$449,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.08 Acres
  • 1,652 ft²

Half Duplex

2196 Lang Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #430933

Semi-detached 2-storey Home - Here Is An Excellent Opportunity To Own This Fantastic, Affordable 4-bed, 3-bath 1,680 Sq. Ft. Centrally Located Half Duplex. This Home Would Be A Great Place To Live If You Want To Be Within Walking Distance To All Amenities, ...

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PBO)

Here Is A Centrally Located 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath R...

Photo of Listing #430867

$445,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.08 Acres
  • 1,222 ft²

Single Family

228 Silver Valley Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #430867

Here Is A Centrally Located 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Rancher That Is Minutes To All Amenities, Including Beban Park, Major Shopping, Fitness Centres And Public Transportation. This Home Is Only 4 Years Old And Has Been Well Cared For. The Rear Yard Has A Large Con...

460 Realty Inc.

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

You Must See This Spacious Half Duplex In Centr...

Photo of Listing #430474

$429,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.1 Acres
  • 1,755 ft²

Half Duplex

2194 Duggan Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #430474

You Must See This Spacious Half Duplex In Central Nanaimo. Features Include 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Over 1700 Sqft, Vaulted Ceilings In Living Room, Den On Main Floor, Nook Upstairs For Studying Or Computer, Fully Fenced Yard & Much More. In A Great Location, ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Looking For A House With Suite (potential) In A...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #428245

$429,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 2,400 ft²

Single Family

620 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #428245

Looking For A House With Suite (potential) In A Central Location? This Home Spans 2400 Square Feet Over 2 Floors And Includes Tons Of Updates Including All New Thermal Windows, New Kitchen Cabinets And Countertops, New Bathtub Enclosure Upstairs, Lots Of St...

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

Attention Developers/investors. Here's A Great ...

Photo of Listing #429725

$424,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.4 Acres
  • 900 ft²

Single Family

1641 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #429725

Attention Developers/investors. Here's A Great Opportunity To Buy A Property With Cor3 Zoning Which Allows For A Multitude Of Different Options From Commercial To Multi-family Development. There Is Currently A Cute Circa 1930's 2 Bedrooms Home On The Proper...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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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