Uplands Drive begins at the higher part of Departure Bay Rd (behind Country Club Centre), and curves its way northwest past North Town Centre mall, running somewhat parallel with the highway (but out of sight of it). Uplands continues past North Town Centre, but the northern part of Uplands is not what is referred to when someone mentions "the Uplands area".
This is a really nice, mostly upper-middle-class area, with neighbourhoods developed during the 1970's-90's. The area is maturing nicely, having already protected the local Linley Valley nature area, and with popular ocean parks just an eight minute drive away.
Properties in Uplands often perch on rocky hillsides, or they occupy the cool dark spaces at the bottoms of small ravines. It's an exciting area to look at homes in. The uneven topography makes for some large lot sizes, and many of the homes in Uplands are Nanaimo's best view homes, overlooking Long Lake, Mount Benson, or even the ocean.
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