Central Nanaimo Real Estate

To be "central" in Nanaimo means ultra-convenience. These neighbourhoods are within 9-10 minutes of just about any other point in the city, including:

  • The Island's biggest shopping mall
  • Historic Downtown Nanaimo
  • Trailheads for 1km-high Mt Benson
  • Kayak and paddleboard rentals
  • BC Ferries to Vancouver
  • Ferries for three other islands

Real estate in Central Nanaimo has become more desirable (relative to other parts of the city) in recent years, partly owing to the development described below, and partly because of gentrification created by more working-class families moving to Nanaimo and wanting to be central.

You can read more below; or, here are homes for sale in Central Nanaimo:

Homes in Central Nanaimo

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1.76 Acre River And Ocean View Development Site...

REDUCED 9% Photo of Listing #439858

$1,350,000 Active

  • 1.76 Acres

Lots/Acreage

210 Caledonia Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #439858

1.76 Acre River And Ocean View Development Site. 40 Unit Condo Project Is Designed And Is Ready To Apply For Development Permit. Site Survey, Riparian Study, Environmental Study And Detailed Design Drawings Are All Done, And Geographic Report Is Ready To Be...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Sun Porch Homes Ltd. Is Proud To Present Anothe...

Photo of Listing #451451

$629,900 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.11 Acres
  • 2,876 ft²

Single Family

1259 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #451451

Sun Porch Homes Ltd. Is Proud To Present Another Quality Constructed Home! Walk In To Be Amazed By The Impressive Design,quality And Exceptional Value Of This Large Open Concept 6 Bedroom,4 Bathroom Centrally Located Family Home!the Home Has A Bonus 2 Bedro...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

An Ideal Family Home Offering 3 Beds, 3 Baths &...

Photo of Listing #451700

$539,999 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 2,306 ft²

Single Family

1640 Chick A Dee Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #451700

An Ideal Family Home Offering 3 Beds, 3 Baths & 2,155 Sqft, Located In A Quiet, Well-established Neighbourhood Close To All Amenities & The Hospital. The Large .20-acre Lot Has A Leveled & Landscaped Backyard With A Convenient Sprinkler System, A Garage & A...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

A New Year Equals A New Home! Sun Porch Homes L...

Photo of Listing #448747

$524,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 2,019 ft²

Single Family

961 Morpeth Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #448747

A New Year Equals A New Home! Sun Porch Homes Ltd. Is Proud To Present Another Quality Constructed Home! Walk In To Be Amazed By The Impressive Design, Quality And Exceptional Value Of This Beautiful Open Concept 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Centrally Located Fami...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

A New Year Equals A New Home! Sun Porch Homes L...

Photo of Listing #448792

$512,500 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 1,780 ft²

Single Family

725 Cadogan Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #448792

A New Year Equals A New Home! Sun Porch Homes Ltd. Is Proud To Present Another Quality Constructed Home! Walk In To Be Amazed By The Impressive Design, Quality And Exceptional Value Of This Beautiful Open Concept 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Centrally Located Fami...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Located In Central Nanaimo, This 4 Bedroom 3 Ba...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #449784

$499,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 2,022 ft²

Single Family

1030 St George Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #449784

Located In Central Nanaimo, This 4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Home Is Just Minutes Away From Shopping, All Levels Of School And Transit. The Cozy Living Room Features An Electric Fireplace And Direct Access To A Recently Renovated & Spacious Kitchen With Plenty Of ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Cute As A Button. 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Home With A ...

Photo of Listing #451528

$469,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 1,858 ft²

Single Family

1272 Nelson Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #451528

Cute As A Button. 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Home With A Legal 1 Bedroom Plus Den 1 Bathroom Suite. Perfect For Investors, First Time Buyers And Anyone Looking For Additional Income. Centrally Located Near The Hospital And Shopping. Huge Backyard, Nicely Renovated Up...

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (QU)

Great Investment Opportunity. This Central Nana...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #449925

$449,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 2,033 ft²

Single Family

1805 Peyton Place, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #449925

Great Investment Opportunity. This Central Nanaimo Home Sits On A Large Lot In A Quiet Cul-de-sac. The Home Offers A Big Kitchen, Living Room, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Up And 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom Down. Upstairs Bathroom Recently Renovated And Whole Upstairs...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Lovely Rancher In Central Nanaimo Move In Ready...

Photo of Listing #451823

$439,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 1,180 ft²

Single Family

1080 Nelson Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #451823

Lovely Rancher In Central Nanaimo Move In Ready. This Well Maintained 2 Bedroom Home Is Bright And Roomy With A Great 25' X 25' Wired Shop Out Back. Inside Is An Open Concept Feel Connecting The Living Room Area With The Dining Room And Kitchen. A Large Mas...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Ideal Location, This Two Storey Home Overlookin...

REDUCED 8% Photo of Listing #448423

$439,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.24 Acres
  • 1,920 ft²

Single Family

1402 White Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #448423

Ideal Location, This Two Storey Home Overlooking The Millstone River Has A Private Yard With Great Outdoor Living Space. The 2 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom Home Has An Updated Kitchen, Approx. 2 Year Old Roof, An Electric Forced Air Heat Pump. The Lower Level Of Th...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Gabriola

Yes, I Am An Old Home, Which Housed Many A Peop...

Photo of Listing #450959

$435,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 1,050 ft²

Single Family

531 Arbutus Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #450959

Yes, I Am An Old Home, Which Housed Many A People Over The Years, In The Most Recent Years, No One Really Looked After Me. I Am Looking For Kind Loving People To Restore My Youth. I Have 3 Bedrooms For Sleeping, Country Style Kitchen For Cooking, Large Livi...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

1800 Summerhill - Phase 3. Beautifully Appointe...

Photo of Listing #450817

$435,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,717 ft²

Condo/Strata

1800 Summerhill Place 107, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #450817

1800 Summerhill - Phase 3. Beautifully Appointed With A Modern Flare, These 3 Level Townhomes Have Lots To Offer. 2 Bedrooms Plus A Den (or 3rd Bedroom) Plus 2 Bathrooms On The Top Floor, Modern Kitchen, Living, Dining Room, Computer Desk Area And Bathroom ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

The boundaries of Central Nanaimo would vary according to who you ask - but the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board uses these boundaries:
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The length of Northfield to the Parkway ; south to the Millstream (Pryde Vista) ; downstream to Quarterway ; following Bowen Rd down to Wall St ; jump over the curling rink to Barsby Park ; down to the Pearson St Bridge ; north on the Island Highway back to Northfield.

Central Nanaimo from space

Central Nanaimo Amenities

Terminal Park mall is just across the highway from Central Nanaimo - the mall has an excellent trio of boutique shops all close together: a fish market, a popular family-owned specialty meat shop, and a bakery. AND a liquor store.

On the other side of the area is the Bowen Road corridor, which includes a growing number of commercial amenities. There is the Country Grocer supermarket, the amazing Arbutus Distillery, a veterinary hospital, two Vietnamese restaurants, a Korean barbecue, Greek, more bakeries, specialty meats, fish and chips, drug store, haircutters, women's gym, furniture boutiques and barns, thrift stores, and much more.

The Landlubber Pub, Windward Pub, and Quarterway Hotel (and pub) are all popular meeting places in the area.

Parks and Rec

Central Nanaimo Neighbourhoods & Home Styles

There's been a big explosion of homes in this area, including large clean apartment buildings with amazing mountain views, and affordable new-construction houses and townhomes on smaller lots, convenient to everything.

Hospital Area

The "hospital area" is roughly in the centre of Central Nanaimo. Named for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (the busiest hospital on The Island), this area has some nice family-oriented neighbourhoods, as well as some more run-down ones. I'd be happy to discuss the differences with anyone who needs information for choosing the best area!

Quarterway and Townsite Rd West

 South of the hospital are the Townsite and Quarterway areas. These include some older neighbourhoods from the early 20th century (Quarterway is so named for being a quarter way along the old 1800s road from Nanaimo to Wellington). Some beautiful old homes are here, especially near Townsite Rd and the Pryde Vista golf course near Buttertubs Marsh. There are some older and newer apartment units

Northfield West

The western ends of Boxwood Rd and Meredith Rd - just south of the old Northfield School - seems quite peaceful despite being near the Parkway and a light industrial park. There are some gorgeous views of Mt Benson, here.

In recent years, this space between the corridors of Bowen Rd and the Nanaimo Parkway has been getting snatched up; there is very little left undeveloped.

Home types:

  • New apartment buildings
  • Medium-sized '80s-'90s homes on 7500-8500 sqft lots
  • Some homes on large parcels
  • Houses on ~5250sqft strata lots

Meredith Road Area

This area between the hospital and Northfield Rd, stretching west to Bowen Rd, is generally quiet and family-oriented. Most homes were built in the '70s-'80s, aside from some newer ones in the area west of Woodlands School.

Median lot sizes seem to be about 7500-8000 square feet, though there are some sized 10,000 and even 12,000.

Much of this area feels separated from the retail and service corridors, which is nice for drivers, but not always for pedestrians - but the #3 bus (hospital) does run through here.

Strathmore, Waddington, Millstone

From the old Woodlands High School, east to the highway and then south past St George St almost to Townsite Rd, there is a well-kept but unpretentious neighbourhood comprised mainly of homes built 1960-1990. There are some well-built 1940s-era homes nearer the southern reaches of this stretch, getting even older (for some homes) nearer Mansfield Park and Millstone Ave.

Much of this area is just across the highway from Terminal Park mall and Brooks Landing mall, convenient to the appealing ravine trail of Beach Estates Park as well as the E&N Trailway that appeals to cyclists and joggers. Bowen Park is also just 3-20 minutes' walk away, depending on your starting point.

Boundary Crescent to Holly Avenue (Townsite)

While the far western end of Townsite Rd is characterized by new and old apartments near to Quarterway (see above), and the eastern reach of Townsite is a semi-luxurious drop to the ocean among early-century monster houses, the area in between is what is most commonly referred to when someone says "the Townsite area". There are some beautiful character homes here (as well as everyone's favourite arbutus tree), but some parts of this neighbourhood are considered to be a bit dodgy.

DIV: Townsite is named for the site of "Newcastle Town", a prestigious residential suburb in the early 20th century. It's the area close to the ocean, near the White Spot restaurant.

Satellite map showing location of Central Nanaimo and nearby landmarks

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