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Brechin Hill: When you disembark from the ferries at Departure Bay, you're near the old Brechin coal mine site, and Brechin Road runs up the hill to your right. The east/west streets on this end 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.

There are a lot of great homes in this area! From cute old wartime bungalows to mid-century-modern gems, to modern steel and glass homes built to take in the water views, homes in Brechin are some of the most affordable oceanview homes in Nanaimo.


Newcastle: As you head toward downtown, the homes get older - you're now in the "Newcastle" neighbourhood, though it's still "Brechin" according to the real estate board.

There are a number of low-rise apartment buildings in this area, with more being added over time.

This is also where you will find some very fine historic homes; this was the original Newcastle Townsite where many of the early 20th century elite built gorgeous craftsman homes on large lots. Those estates have since been subdivided, but some of the houses still sit on 10,000-19,000 sqft parcels. For lovers of old-town Nanaimo, this is the best real estate available, matched only by the Old City area.

Contact me if you want to be notified of any new listings showing up in Brechin and Newcastle. Or, see below for current properties for sale.

Properties for Sale in Brechin & Newcastle

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33 Mount Benson St 404, Nanaimo

$474,950

33 Mount Benson St 404, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,144 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 919920

eXp Realty

310 St. George St, Nanaimo

$669,900

310 St. George St, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,254 SqFt 6,970 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919891

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

375 Newcastle Ave 304, Nanaimo

$469,900

375 Newcastle Ave 304, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,118 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 919847

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

428 Maple St, Nanaimo

$799,900

428 Maple St, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 1,793 SqFt 3,050 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919682

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1685 Estevan Rd 410, Nanaimo

$374,900

1685 Estevan Rd 410, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 880 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 919631

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

275 St. George St, Nanaimo

$699,000

275 St. George St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,782 SqFt 13,940 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 918393

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

2080 Estevan Rd, Nanaimo

$499,000

2080 Estevan Rd, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 7,841 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 918080

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

40 Thetis Pl, Nanaimo

$1,025,000

40 Thetis Pl, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,196 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 917530

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

770 Poplar St 310, Nanaimo

$357,900

770 Poplar St 310, Nanaimo

1 Bed 2 Baths 823 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 913558

eXp Realty

1685 Estevan Rd 106, Nanaimo

$399,900

↓ $8,000

1685 Estevan Rd 106, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,046 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 912485

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

375 Newcastle Ave 700, Nanaimo

$979,000

375 Newcastle Ave 700, Nanaimo

2 Beds 3 Baths 2,826 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 912206

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

1250 Stewart Ave 301, Nanaimo

$649,900

↓ $20,000

1250 Stewart Ave 301, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 901 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 907062

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Brechin Hill Homes

This is 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.

Homes in Brechin are typically built to enjoy the amazing views of Departure Bay, Newcastle Channel and Nanaimo Harbour; decks are large, windows are tall, roads are steep, and there's a sort of maritime feeling. The neighbourhood's streets slope down to the ocean, so that even if you don't have a view from your house, you can look down the road as you arrive at home, seeing boats backdropped by Newcastle Island across a narrow channel.

Nearest Schools:

  • École Océane
  • Brechin Elementary
  • Cilaire Elementary

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