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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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1699 Vowels Rd, Cassidy

$829,900

1699 Vowels Rd, Cassidy

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,221 SqFt 43,560 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 888335

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Ladysmith

New
2425 Yellow Point Rd, Nanaimo

$1,649,000

2425 Yellow Point Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 3,114 SqFt 217,800 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 888278

eXp Realty

New
3600 Yellow Point Rd 125, Nanaimo

$579,000

3600 Yellow Point Rd 125, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,040 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 888166

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

2485 Pylades Dr, Nanaimo

$1,794,900

2485 Pylades Dr, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 4,972 SqFt 134,601 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 887952

Royal LePage Duncan Realty

1617 & 1623 Brightman Rd, Nanaimo

$1,100,000

1617 & 1623 Brightman Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,248 SqFt 217,800 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 887171

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Lt 7 - 9 Sanford Way, Nanaimo

$199,900

Lt 7 - 9 Sanford Way, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 28,750 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 887100

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

1644 Rugg Rd, Nanaimo

$1,990,900

1644 Rugg Rd, Nanaimo

6 Beds 3 Baths 2,793 SqFt 1,789,881 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 887043

eXp Realty

13758 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo

$599,900

↓ $50,000

13758 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,279 SqFt 44,867 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 885104

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

1841 Shasta Rd, Nanaimo

$1,695,000

1841 Shasta Rd, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 1,295,910 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 882958

RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Mac Real Estate Group

1785 Morden Rd, Nanaimo

$974,900

1785 Morden Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,178 SqFt 44,432 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 882511

eXp Realty

Lot 2 Seaspray Blvd, Nanaimo

$649,000

Lot 2 Seaspray Blvd, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 25,701 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 881835

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

3043 Yellow Point Rd, Nanaimo

$999,000

3043 Yellow Point Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,558 SqFt 88,427 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 879428

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe 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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