Brechin Hill & Newcastle

When you disembark from the ferries at Departure Bay, Brechin Road runs up the hill beside you. From here, almost all the way to downtown, is the old Newcastle Townsite. This neighbourhood includes a lot of different styles, many of them rare and highly desirable. These homes were built to enjoy the amazing views of Departure Bay and Newcastle Island; decks are large, windows are tall, roads are steep, and there's a sort of maritime feeling. Even if your home doesn't have an ocean view, you will see the water every day - up close - as you come and go.

Note, the real estate board calls this whole area "Brechin Hill" after the coal mine settlement (Brechin) that was near the present BC Ferries terminal and Brechin Road. But closer to downtown (around the White Spot restaurant and the Yacht Club), the area is called "Newcastle" after the Newcastle Townsite that was here in the early days (and from whence Townsite Rd gets its name).

View Brechin and Newcastle home listings below, or read more about the neighbourhood.

Properties for Sale in Brechin

15 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

Fabulous 1,818 Sf Condominium With A Panoramic ...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #461305

$665,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,818 ft²

Condo/Strata

35 Newcastle Ave 202, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461305

Fabulous 1,818 Sf Condominium With A Panoramic View Over The Nanaimo Harbour. Be Part Of One Of The Best Waterfront Locations Close To Downtown. Enjoy The Fireworks, Dragon Boats, Silly Boat Races And Forever Boating Activities With The Best Seat In The Hou...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Beautiful New Construction House With Spectacul...

Photo of Listing #461895

$569,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 2,031 ft²

Single Family

595 Larch Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461895

Beautiful New Construction House With Spectacular Ocean View And Open Concept Floor Plan. This House Has 3 Spacious Bedrooms And 4 Bath With A Large Media Room And Hardwood Flooring Throughout. Breathtaking Views From Most Rooms And A Large Deck Off Of Main...

460 Realty Inc.

Ocean Views - Brechin Hill Carriage House Zoned...

Photo of Listing #460733

$564,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 2,130 ft²

Single Family

410 Larch Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #460733

Ocean Views - Brechin Hill Carriage House Zoned - Corner Lot. Level Entry Fully Finished Basement. Fully Updated Throughout Including New Deck, Roof, Insulation, Heating System, Electrical, Plumbing. New Heat Pump And Furnace Still Under Warranty. Air Condi...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Immaculate Oceanfront Condo ! Luxury Suite Desi...

Photo of Listing #462127

$519,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,322 ft²

Condo/Strata

566 Stewart Ave 301, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462127

Immaculate Oceanfront Condo ! Luxury Suite Designed To Take Full Advantage Of The Views Of Newcastle Channel. Located In The Channel View Upscale Strata Complex Of Promenade Oceanside Homes This Impressive Building W/ Stunning Architecture, Meticulously Mai...

eXp Realty

Located Within A Downtown Marina, This Hotel Gr...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #460219

$445,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 907 ft²

Condo/Strata

1250 Stewart Ave 404, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #460219

Located Within A Downtown Marina, This Hotel Grade, Furnished 2-bedroom 2 Baths Condo Is Ideal For Those Seeking An Easy Waterfront Lifestyle That Combines Luxury, Comfort And Convenience. It Overlooks The Dynamic Newcastle Channel Busy With Boats, Kayaks, ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Located Within A Downtown Marina, This Hotel Gr...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #460218

$440,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 907 ft²

Condo/Strata

1250 Stewart Ave 304, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #460218

Located Within A Downtown Marina, This Hotel Grade, Furnished 2-bedroom 2 Baths Condo Is Ideal For Those Seeking An Easy Waterfront Lifestyle That Combines Luxury, Comfort And Convenience. It Overlooks The Dynamic Newcastle Channel Busy With Boats, Kayaks, ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Two Bdrm, 2 Bathroom Unit In Marinaside Resort,...

Photo of Listing #459606

$429,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 868 ft²

Condo/Strata

1250 Stewart Ave 402, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #459606

Two Bdrm, 2 Bathroom Unit In Marinaside Resort, A Luxurious Boutique Style Resort Condominium With Secure Underground Parking Garage. This Is A Great Opportunity To Own A Contemporary Condo For Yourself As A Permanent Residence Or An Island Getaway. If You ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Bright, Spacious Ocean View Condo Steps From Th...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #454792

$374,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,107 ft²

Condo/Strata

220 Townsite Road 503, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #454792

Bright, Spacious Ocean View Condo Steps From The Nanaimo Seawall And Within Walking Distance To Two Marinas. Also, Conveniently Nearby Is The Ferry Terminal And The Seaplane Terminal As Well As Downtown Shopping And Restaurants. This Spacious 1107 Sf Two Be...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Bright 2 Bedroom Condo By The Marina In Nanaimo...

Photo of Listing #461499

$369,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 838 ft²

Condo/Strata

580 Stewart Ave 106, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461499

Bright 2 Bedroom Condo By The Marina In Nanaimo. This 2 Bedroom 838 Sq Ft Condo Is In The Edgewater Complex Built In 2008 And Located Only A Minute Walking Distance To The Beautiful Marina. It Is A Corner Unit Which Gives Extra Sunlight And The Covered Deck...

RE/MAX of Duncan

Brechin Hill Homes

Ocean views are the norm for homes on Brechin Hill, with about 35-40 multi-family buildings and about 550 single-family homes perched on steep streets running down to the ocean.

This area runs the length of the Newcastle Channel between Departure Bay and Nanaimo Harbour - it's a very central, desirable location - and yet much of it is quiet and cozy, disturbed only by float planes and the horns of the Departure Bay ferry terminal.

The larger portion of this neighbourhood is between the ocean and Terminal Park Mall - on your right for several blocks as you drive off the ferry toward downtown. On this end of Brechin, east/west streets are named for trees: Willow, Chestnut, Maple, etc. The lots in this area tend to be about 6000-9000 square feet, or larger for certain corner properties and lots near the water.

Less quiet is the southern end of Brechin (Newcastle Ave., Vancouver Ave.), closer to downtown and nearer the island highway. For lovers of old-town Nanaimo, this is the best real estate available, matched only by the Old City area. This neighbourhood's streets slope down to the ocean, such that you can usually look down the road and see boats, backdropped by Newcastle Island across a narrow channel. There are a number of apartment buildings and some very fine old homes; this was the original Newcastle Townsite where many of the early 20th century elite built gorgeous estate homes on large lots. These have since been subdivided, but some houses still sit on 10,000-19,000 sqft parcels. If you love mature gardens and fine craftsman homes, this neighbourhood is worth checking out.

Nearest Schools:

  • École Océane
  • Brechin Elementary
  • Cilaire Elementary

Nearest Parks:

Brechin Hill Condos

There are several condos in the Brechin area, from waterfront developments down on Stewart Avenue (the road running between BC Ferries and downtown) to ocean view apartments up on Vancouver Avenue (closer to downtown) and Estevan Road (Terminal Park shopping mall).

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