Nanaimo Real Estate: The Old City

Downtown Nanaimo - also referred to as the Old City - is shaped like a half bowl. At the bottom of the bowl is the harbourfront, commercial district, and condos. Then there are about 18 city blocks of single family homes arranged on the slope of the bowl, overlooking downtown and the harbour.

It's a very convenient place to live, especially if you work downtown, or commute to Vancouver, or attend VIU, or don't want to pay for taxis back from events downtown.

You can see current listings below, or use this link to read more about the Old City below.

Old City Property Listings

38 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

Waterfront Home At Cameron Island, Known As A"g...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #425894

$1,075,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,788 ft²

Condo/Strata

150 Promenade Drive 602, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #425894

Waterfront Home At Cameron Island, Known As A"garden Patio Suite" With Over 1100 Sq Ft Of "outdoor Living" Which Really Enhances Your "liveability",and You Are Right On The Waterfront Facing North & East,with Tremendous Un-interupted Views,over The Nanaimo ...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Inner Harbour Views. Semi-penthouse Level, With...

Photo of Listing #432755

$899,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,773 ft²

Condo/Strata

150 Promenade Drive 604, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #432755

Inner Harbour Views. Semi-penthouse Level, With Only 4 Suites On This Level. Facing South And West, This Suite Has A Warm Sunny Exposure. Over 1700 Sq Feet Of Living Area, Plus A Massive Open Air Sundeck (approx 1000 Sq Ft) Which Really Enhances The "liveab...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

"unsurpassed Ocean, Mountain, And City Views". ...

REDUCED 9% Photo of Listing #431196

$799,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,744 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 2402, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #431196

"unsurpassed Ocean, Mountain, And City Views". This Beautiful And Spacious 1744sqft Executive Condo Reeks Of Luxury And Quality. Situated In Nanaimo's Tallest Building (the Beacon) On The 24th Floor. Featuring 3 Large View Decks To Follow The Sun All Day Lo...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Ladysmith

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of N...

Photo of Listing #435787

$709,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 603, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #435787

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Historic Downtown. A True West Coast Lifestyle Property, This Home Features A Spectacular 500' Rooftop Patio With 360 Ocean & Mountain Views. Beautifully Appointed, The Elegant Master Suite Offers A Wa...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Unique Ocean View House & Lot Features A C...

Photo of Listing #434876

$699,000 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 3,300 ft²

Single Family

602 Selby Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434876

This Unique Ocean View House & Lot Features A Character Home That Is Ready For Your Personal Touches. All The Hard Work Has Been Done So You Can Just Bring In Your Design Ideas. There Is A Newer Roof & New Electrical With Additional 220 & Separate Meters. T...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of N...

Photo of Listing #435849

$679,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 608, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #435849

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Historic Downtown. A True West Coast Lifestyle Property, This Home Features A Spectacular 500' Rooftop Patio With 360 Ocean & Mountain Views. Beautifully Appointed, The Elegant Master Suite Offers A Wa...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Situated In The Old City Sector Is This Charmin...

Photo of Listing #435750

$679,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 3,168 ft²

Single Family

288 Machleary Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #435750

Situated In The Old City Sector Is This Charming Updated 3168 Sq Ft Home W/ 5 Bdrms & 4 Bthrms. A Covered Front Veranda Leads To The Entrance Of The Home. The Spacious Living Room Has A Stunning Floor To Ceiling Natural Rock Wall W/ A New Pacific Energy Fir...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of N...

Photo of Listing #434118

$679,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 605, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434118

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Historic Downtown. A True West Coast Lifestyle Property, This Home Features A Spectacular 500' Rooftop Patio With 360 Ocean & Mountain Views. Beautifully Appointed, The Elegant Master Suite Offers A Wa...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of N...

Photo of Listing #434250

$669,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 606, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434250

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Historic Downtown. A True West Coast Lifestyle Property, This Home Features A Spectacular 500' Rooftop Patio With 360 Ocean & Mountain Views. Beautifully Appointed, The Elegant Master Suite Offers A Wa...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of N...

Photo of Listing #434119

$669,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 607, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434119

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Historic Downtown. A True West Coast Lifestyle Property, This Home Features A Spectacular 500' Rooftop Patio With 360 Ocean & Mountain Views. Beautifully Appointed, The Elegant Master Suite Offers A Wa...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Magnificent Ocean Views. Executive Style Living...

Photo of Listing #436052

$659,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,261 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street 306, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #436052

Magnificent Ocean Views. Executive Style Living, Unique In Nanaimo, 3 Bed And 2 Bath. 10 Foot Ceiling; Top Of The Line Miele Appliances; Custom Cabinets With Self Closing Doors And Drawers; Heated Marble Floors In Kitchen And Bathrooms; Hardwood Floors; Mar...

Fair Realty (Nan)

Oceanfront Suite. Nanaimo's Crown Jewel Is The ...

Photo of Listing #434701

$649,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,117 ft²

Condo/Strata

150 Promenade Drive 311, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434701

Oceanfront Suite. Nanaimo's Crown Jewel Is The Cameron Island Ocean Front Condominium Community. Walk 2 Blocks To Downtown, The Performing Arts Theatre, & The V.i. Conference Centre, & Float Plane Service To Vancouver. Major Shopping Mail (with Doctors Offi...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Old City Real Estate Profile

First, let's clarify that the Old City referred to on this page is not to be confused with the much smaller "Old City Quarter" centered on Fitzwilliam Street. I'm referring to the "Old City" region defined by VIREB (real estate board) which is bordered by the Millstream in the north, down Pine St. to where Fifth St. meets Old Victoria, then up to Milton St., down Milton to the water, and back up to the Millstream Estuary. (See map below)

There are about 800 single-family homes in this area, the majority of which might be called "character homes" by virtue of the architectural details which survive from construction in the 1890s-1940s. These include solid old-growth timber construction, craftsman front porches with chunky pillars and wide steps, and stained glass windows.

Note: Even the most desirable neighbourhoods in the Old City can be just a block away from a less desirable area. I know the area well and would be happy to discuss it with you. Contact me.

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Old City Nanaimo boundary location map with landmarks

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