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

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Here Is A True Nanaimo Classic In Ever Poplar V...

Photo of Listing #464578

$849,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,878 ft²

Single Family

522 Vancouver Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464578

Here Is A True Nanaimo Classic In Ever Poplar Vancouver Ave. A Short Walk To The Famous Seawall And Nanaimo's Marinas. This Well Built Beauty Was Built In 1937 And Has Been Maintained And Updated. Gorgeous Oak Flooring, Leaded French Doors And Many Light Fi...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Waterfront Living At Its Best! Three Story Town...

Photo of Listing #464557

$729,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 1,466 ft²

Condo/Strata

27 Cypress Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464557

Waterfront Living At Its Best! Three Story Townhouse On Nanaimo's Seawall With Stunning Views Of Newcastle Island And The Marina. Enjoy One Of Three Ocean Front Patios While Watching The Boats Sail By, Sea Planes Or Launch Your Kayak Right In Front Of Your ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Lifestyle & West Coast Living.1min From Your Do...

Photo of Listing #465154

$699,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 1,465 ft²

Condo/Strata

29 Cypress Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #465154

Lifestyle & West Coast Living.1min From Your Door W/your Kayak & You'll Be On The Ocean Living The Life You've Dreamed.welcome To This Pristine Oceanfront 0 Maintenance Home!no Shovelling Snow Just Pure Bliss On The Water!this 3lvl Show Home Features New He...

eXp Realty

Located In The Desirable Newport Residences Ove...

Photo of Listing #463107

$659,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,611 ft²

Condo/Strata

550 Blue Girl Way 301, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463107

Located In The Desirable Newport Residences Overlooking The Marina And Newcastle Channel, This Updated 3 Bedroom Condo Offers The Advantage Of Main Level Entry Living With Both An Ocean Facing Balcony And Rear Patio With Southern Exposure. This Large Corner...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty

Spacious Character Home In Well-established Bre...

Photo of Listing #463413

$518,800 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,251 ft²

Single Family

561 Stewart Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463413

Spacious Character Home In Well-established Brechin Hill Neighbourhood. Overlooking The Newcastle Channel, This Home Is Nicely Set Up With 4 Beds And 2 Baths On 3 Levels. The Upper Level Could Be Converted To A 1 Bedroom Suite, And The Second Level Is Brigh...

eXp Realty

Ocean View Condo. Enjoy The Ever Changing Scene...

Photo of Listing #462972

$489,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,244 ft²

Condo/Strata

566 Stewart Ave 303, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462972

Ocean View Condo. Enjoy The Ever Changing Scenery Overlooking The Boat Marinas, The Activity On The Water And The Fabulous Waterfront Walkway. Located In The Channel View Upscale Strata Complex Of Rare Promenade Oceanside Homes This Impressive Building W/ S...

eXp Realty

Beautifully Renovated Apartment With Stunning O...

Photo of Listing #462440

$479,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,145 ft²

Condo/Strata

375 Newcastle Ave 501, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462440

Beautifully Renovated Apartment With Stunning Ocean And Marina Views. Steps To The Yacht Club And A Wonderful Waterfront Boardwalk This Centrally Located Property Offers A Unique Lifestyle Opportunity. Gorgeous Designer Finishes And A Fabulous Open Floor Pl...

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PBO)

Ocean And Marina View Corner Unit Condo In The ...

Photo of Listing #463947

$450,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,319 ft²

Condo/Strata

500 Stewart Ave 603, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463947

Ocean And Marina View Corner Unit Condo In The Newport Building On Stewart Avenue. This Large 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Plus Den Condo Is Over 1300 Square Feet And Offers Beautiful Views Of The Marina, Newcastle Island And The Ocean Channel. This Bright And Sun...

460 Realty Inc.

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

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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