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Sprawled on a huge flat piece of land beside the ocean, Cedar is almost as large as the rest of Nanaimo combined (see the map at the bottom of this page). It's mostly rural with good land for farming and a few sizeable lakes. Aside from the open farm spaces, there are also some low rocky ridges creating very private wilderness settings.

There is a small commercial area with restaurants, groceries, a pub, and hardware. The homes around these services are naturally zoned to be on smaller lots, so there is a recent subdivision nearest to the stores (5000 sqft lots), and then an older development behind, with quarter acre properties from the 80s/90s. This is a great family oriented neighbourhood, especially if you want to be able to stretch out into a larger yard while still being close to essentials.

Swimmers at the Nanaimo River as it passes through Cedar near the oceanThe rural parts of Cedar are a very "undiscovered" region for most people, with wide open spaces and large recreation areas, including seaside parks and trail systems. The Nanaimo River also passes through Cedar, creating some amazing swimming experiences.

Most properties in Cedar have septic systems and wells, though some do have municipal water - especially near to the "downtown" commercial district on Cedar Rd where you'll find the old Wheatsheaf Pub and the 49th Parallel Grocery.

It should be noted that there is a small neighbourhood called "Cedar by the Sea" at the end of Barnes Rd, overlooking a beautiful oceanscape and islands. It also has municipal water in places. This is where the early 20th-century cult leader Brother XII had his land (also on the nearby islands). Some people mistakenly use "Cedar By the Sea" to refer to the entire Cedar area, but ... they are mistaken.

Some parts of Cedar are affected by proximity to the big regional landfill, or to the pulp and paper mill (HARMAC) and other industrial properties in the Duke Point area. Most of these are only rarely an issue, depending on the winds, as long as you don't live too close. Something to be aware of!


Highlights of Cedar real estate:

  • Properties backing onto Nanaimo River or near the ocean
  • Equestrian, ranch, and farm properties
  • Many large lots & acreages - some of these are quite affordable because they have manufactured homes on them. Tip: Land is cheaper when it's ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve); the drawback is that there are additional restrictions in how you can use the land.
  • 10-20 minutes from Duke Point, downtown Nanaimo, or VIU

Properties for Sale in Cedar

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2218 Blue Jay Way, Nanaimo

$699,900

2218 Blue Jay Way, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,164 SqFt 13,504 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 922330

eXp Realty

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2177 Holden Corso Rd, Nanaimo

$624,900

2177 Holden Corso Rd, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,030 SqFt 21,780 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 922059

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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1314 Blue Heron Cres, Nanaimo

$1,550,000

1314 Blue Heron Cres, Nanaimo

6 Beds 4 Baths 3,868 SqFt 19,167 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 921960

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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3497 Juriet Rd, Nanaimo

$696,000

3497 Juriet Rd, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,474 SqFt 233,046 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 922033

eXp Realty

1304 Blue Heron Cres, Nanaimo

$699,888

1304 Blue Heron Cres, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,690 SqFt 3,485 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 921625

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty

25 Maki Rd 45, Nanaimo

$220,000

↓ $19,900

25 Maki Rd 45, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,172 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 921363

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

5120 Aho Rd, Nanaimo

$1,799,900

5120 Aho Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,934 SqFt 216,494 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 921095

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

25 Maki Rd 73, Nanaimo

$249,900

↓ $5,100

25 Maki Rd 73, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,300 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 921023

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

2575 Enefer Rd 1, Nanaimo

$224,900

2575 Enefer Rd 1, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 920 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 921064

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

1464 Frontier Pl, Nanaimo

$889,000

1464 Frontier Pl, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,010 SqFt 21,780 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 921037

eXp Realty

13535 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo

$729,000

13535 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,080 SqFt 83,200 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 920750

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

2616 Barnes Rd, Nanaimo

$869,000

↓ $30,900

2616 Barnes Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,362 SqFt 189,051 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 920613

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

Satellite map showing context of Cedar BC on Vancouver Island with landmarks

Yellow Point Area

The Yellow Point area is arguably a part of Cedar. It's over the district line in the Cowichan Valley Regional District, but otherwise it's very similar to the rest of Cedar, except it's even more rural. It's a beautiful area with lots of ridges and little lakes and rolling meadows, and some properties have beautiful oceanfront and even beaches. Tons of privacy here!

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