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

40 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

1.76 Acre River And Ocean View Development Site...

Photo of Listing #439858

$1,480,000 Active

  • 1.76 Acres


210 Caledonia Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #439858

1.76 Acre River And Ocean View Development Site. 40 Unit Condo Project Is Designed And Is Ready To Apply For Development Permit. Site Survey, Riparian Study, Environmental Study And Detailed Design Drawings Are All Done, And Geographic Report Is Ready To Be...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Development Opportunity In Central Nanaimo Loca...

Photo of Listing #438615

$1,100,000 Active

  • 0.45 Acres


1583 Bartlett Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #438615

Development Opportunity In Central Nanaimo Located Off Of Bowen Road, Close To All Amenities. Zoned R5 Multi Family. Property Is Level And Rectangular In Shape, 66 Ft By 300 Ft Totaling 19,800 Sq Ft. Bring Your Development Ideas! Density Is Needed Within Ar...

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This Full Duplex Has Been Well Kept & Makes A G...

Photo of Listing #440241

$650,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 2,552 ft²

Full Duplex

1394-1396 Graham Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #440241

This Full Duplex Has Been Well Kept & Makes A Great Investment Opportunity With Excellent Tenants Already In Place. The Property Is Set On A Low Maintenance Corner Lot With Good Tenant Parking. Close By Is A Bus Route, The Hospital, Quarterway School & A Va...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Beautifully Renovated Two Storey, Fresh Modern ...

Photo of Listing #437969

$649,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.24 Acres
  • 2,192 ft²

Single Family

1613 Cormorant Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #437969

Beautifully Renovated Two Storey, Fresh Modern Paint Throughout, New Custom Kitchen With Gourmet Quartz Island, Quartz Countertops, Shaker Cabinets. New Lighting, Plumbing, Flooring, Bathroom Updates, Windows, Forced Air Heating System And Much More. Three ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Ideal Location For Your Dream Home. This Family...

Photo of Listing #439739

$599,990 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.11 Acres
  • 2,240 ft²

Single Family

129 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #439739

Ideal Location For Your Dream Home. This Family Home In The Established Townsite Neighbourhood Is Just A Block From The Waterfront Walkway And Marina. Ideal For An Investor Or First-time Home Buyer, This Home Has Suite Potential, And Is A Blank Slate For Yo...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Visit, And You Will Soon Imagine Family Gatheri...

Photo of Listing #440212

$579,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,535 ft²

Single Family

1851 Latimer Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #440212

Visit, And You Will Soon Imagine Family Gatherings Around The Expansive Island, Special Toasts In The Formal Dining Room, Or Sharing Laughs With Buddies On The Deck In A Particularly Private Backyard. In Fact, The Yard Alone Will Make A Quick Sale Of This H...

460 Realty Inc.

Three Year Old, Centrally Located Home. Bright,...

Photo of Listing #439722

$559,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,900 ft²

Single Family

1080 Dufferin Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #439722

Three Year Old, Centrally Located Home. Bright, Open Floor Plan, Boasting Three Bedrooms And A Large Deck On The Upper Floor. Downstairs A Large Entry Way And A One In Law Bedroom Suite, Finished Off With A Large Garage. Fully Fenced Yard With Lane Access. ...

460 Realty Inc.

5 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom 2070 Sqft Split Level Hom...

Photo of Listing #440185

$515,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 2,093 ft²

Single Family

1009 Beverly Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #440185

5 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom 2070 Sqft Split Level Home With A Separate Shop And Additional Accommodations And Great Income Potential. Situated On A Large Private Level Lot With A Fully Fenced Backyard, Close To Hospital, Shopping Major Bus Route And All Levels Of...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Spacious Forest Park Family Home, Well Maintain...

Photo of Listing #439249

$499,500 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.24 Acres
  • 2,554 ft²

Single Family

1663 Chick A Dee Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #439249

Spacious Forest Park Family Home, Well Maintained & In Great Condition. Located On A Quiet Cul De Sac & Only Minutes Walking Distance To Nanaimo Hospital, This 5 Bedroom & 3 Bath Home Is Perfect For The Growing Family. You'll Remember This Home From The Bri...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Beautiful And Bright Family Home Located In Cen...

Photo of Listing #440140

$498,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 2,327 ft²

Single Family

1012 Beverly Drive, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #440140

Beautiful And Bright Family Home Located In Central Nanaimo Near Schools, Hospital, Shopping And Bus Routes. Well Kept With A 4 Year Old Roof, Hardwood Floors, An Updated Kitchen With Stainless Steel Appliances, Updated Bathroom, Duradek, Thermopane Windows...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Well Designed, Kept And Restored 1950s South Fa...

Photo of Listing #439829

$485,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 2,100 ft²

Single Family

966 Eberts Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #439829

Well Designed, Kept And Restored 1950s South Facing Character Home On Fenced Double Legal Lot (115x100 Ft). Gorgeous Kitchen With Open Concept To Living Room (with Cove Ceilings) And Stairwell To Large Lower Rec Room. Heating: Electric Baseboard And New (20...

FSBO Real Estate Inc.

Nicely Renovated Home In Central Nanaimo With A...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #438988

$469,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 2,172 ft²

Single Family

1490 Bush Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #438988

Nicely Renovated Home In Central Nanaimo With A 2 Bedroom Legal Suite. This Home Was Almost Completely Renovated From The Roof To The Windows, Flooring, Light Fixtures, Cabinetry, Backsplash, Bathrooms, Virtually Everything Was Renovated Approximately 4 Yea...

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:
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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