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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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4914 Yellow Point Rd, Nanaimo

$799,900

4914 Yellow Point Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 2,066 SqFt 25,701 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966585

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

New
3308 Mcguire Way, Nanaimo

$1,200,000

3308 Mcguire Way, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,851 SqFt 96,704 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966997

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

New
2051 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo

$849,000

2051 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,200 SqFt 21,780 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 967022

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

New
2009 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo

$1,369,900

2009 Cedar Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 4 Baths 3,376 SqFt 34,848 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966798

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

4858 Homestead Way, Nanaimo

$699,900

4858 Homestead Way, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,440 SqFt 27,879 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966515

RE/MAX Generation (LD)

Section 19 Nicola Rd, Nanaimo

$2,500,000

Section 19 Nicola Rd, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 4,209,203 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 966440

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1931 Legacy Pl, Nanaimo

$1,400,000

1931 Legacy Pl, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,485 SqFt 33,977 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 966246

eXp Realty

1771 Morden Rd, Nanaimo

$1,120,000

1771 Morden Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,913 SqFt 44,432 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 965846

One Percent Realty Ltd.

1750 Starling Rd, Nanaimo

$995,000

1750 Starling Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,366 SqFt 22,652 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 965537

eXp Realty

1695 Woobank Rd, Nanaimo

$749,900

1695 Woobank Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,134 SqFt 24,394 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 965502

eXp Realty

13740 Long Lake Rd, Nanaimo

$1,199,900

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13740 Long Lake Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 1,936 SqFt 45,303 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 965427

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

10 Maki Rd, Nanaimo

$1,999,000

10 Maki Rd, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 477,418 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 965457

eXp Realty

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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