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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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3428 Juriet Rd, Nanaimo

$1,395,000

3428 Juriet Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 3,549 SqFt 172,498 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 915503

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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2375 Lindsey Rd, Nanaimo

$1,449,900

2375 Lindsey Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,272 SqFt 216,929 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 915239

RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Mac Real Estate Group

New
2218 Blue Jay Way, Nanaimo

$799,000

2218 Blue Jay Way, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,164 SqFt 13,504 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 915315

eXp Realty

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1324 Fielding Rd, Nanaimo

$1,089,000

1324 Fielding Rd, Nanaimo

6 Beds 4 Baths 2,986 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 915269

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

New
1455 Georgina Rd, Nanaimo

$1,489,000

1455 Georgina Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 3,083 SqFt 128,938 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 915169

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

New
4808 Aho Rd, Nanaimo

$1,324,000

4808 Aho Rd, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,767 SqFt 237,838 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 915176

RE/MAX Generation (LD)

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2035 Lazy Susan Dr, Nanaimo

$1,699,900

2035 Lazy Susan Dr, Nanaimo

5 Beds 5 Baths 2,398 SqFt 123,711 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914504

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

2316 Yellow Point Rd Pl3, Nanaimo

$1,450,000

2316 Yellow Point Rd Pl3, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,589 SqFt 479,160 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914683

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

5120 Aho Rd, Nanaimo

$1,880,000

5120 Aho Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,934 SqFt 216,494 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914717

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

2159 Yellow Point Rd, Nanaimo

$449,900

2159 Yellow Point Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 960 SqFt 17,424 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 914568

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1323 Fielding Rd, Nanaimo

$935,000

1323 Fielding Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,852 SqFt 27,008 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914570

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

4190 Filipana Rd, Nanaimo

$1,200,000

4190 Filipana Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,751 SqFt 107,594 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914564

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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