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

28 Properties Found. Page 1 of 3

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

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #425894

$1,125,000 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

Sitting Watching The Sunset Over Newcastle Chan...

REDUCED 9% Photo of Listing #427385

$675,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,262 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street 402, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #427385

Sitting Watching The Sunset Over Newcastle Channel From Your Luxurious 2 Bed/2 Bath Open Concept Downtown Suite Doesn't Get Much Better. The New Building Known As Aqua Residences Is A Luxury 20 Unit Building That Has No Strata Fees! Yes You Read That Right,...

Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island

The Beacon - The Tallest And Most Recognized Re...

Photo of Listing #432054

$649,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,164 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 1302, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #432054

The Beacon - The Tallest And Most Recognized Residential Building In Downtown Nanaimo, Was Conceived And Completed In 1996 By Bosa Builders, Current Owner Of Victoria's Iconic Empress Hotel. Fully Furnished - Custom Built-in Furnishings With A Focus On Stor...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Spectacular Downtown Condo With Unobstructed Vi...

Photo of Listing #431208

$619,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,286 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street 301, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #431208

Spectacular Downtown Condo With Unobstructed Views Across Newcastle Channel. This Unique Building Also Includes 4 Rental Units That Offset Strata Fees For Owners, Currently Resulting In $0 Strata Fees. An Entertaining Haven, This South-facing Luxury Home Fe...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner...

Photo of Listing #417956

$599,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,270 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th6, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #417956

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner Harbour Is Waterfront Living At Its Finest. An Ideal Location For Those Who Want To Experience The Best Of What Nanaimo Has To Offer, Relish The Panoramic Harbour And City Views Form This Well-appointed Open-c...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner...

Photo of Listing #417955

$574,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,300 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th4, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #417955

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner Harbour Is Waterfront Living At Its Finest. An Ideal Location For Those Who Want To Experience The Best Of What Nanaimo Has To Offer, Relish The Panoramic Harbour And City Views Form This Well-appointed Open-c...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner...

Photo of Listing #417954

$574,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,300 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th3, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #417954

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner Harbour Is Waterfront Living At Its Finest. An Ideal Location For Those Who Want To Experience The Best Of What Nanaimo Has To Offer, Relish The Panoramic Harbour And City Views Form This Well-appointed Open-c...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner...

Photo of Listing #417953

$574,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,311 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th2, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #417953

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner Harbour Is Waterfront Living At Its Finest. An Ideal Location For Those Who Want To Experience The Best Of What Nanaimo Has To Offer, Relish The Panoramic Harbour And City Views Form This Well-appointed Open-c...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Designer's Own Personal Suite: Enjoy The Natura...

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #431063

$559,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,163 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 404, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #431063

Designer's Own Personal Suite: Enjoy The Natural Splendour Of The World-renowned Ocean Harbour In The Heart Of Nanaimo, The Beacon At Cameron Island Offers The Best Of Both Worlds. This Spacious And Bright 2 Bedroom Condo, Also Features 2 Full Bathrooms And...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Enjoy The Ocean Views And The Convenient Locati...

Photo of Listing #433184

$549,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.13 Acres
  • 1,870 ft²

Single Family

109 Machleary Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #433184

Enjoy The Ocean Views And The Convenient Location Of This Newer Home In The Old City Quarter. Sitting In The Heart Of Downtown Nanaimo Is This Spacious Split Level, 2 Bed, 2 Bath Home (design Of House Makes It Easy To Incorporate A Third Bedroom). Upstairs ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

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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