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A city of this size, surrounded by natural wonders - if you can buy a home that is "central" in Nanaimo, it means you're within 9 or 10 minutes of ANYTHING, including:

  • The Island's biggest shopping mall
  • Historic Downtown Nanaimo
  • Trailheads for 1000m Mt Benson
  • Kayak and canoe heaven
  • BC Ferries to Vancouver
  • Ferries to 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. There are all kinds of development in this region, from TOC miner's cabins to brand new developments.

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

Homes in Central Nanaimo

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815 Townsite Rd, Nanaimo

$739,900

815 Townsite Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,700 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919686

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

1633 Dufferin Cres 216, Nanaimo

$524,900

1633 Dufferin Cres 216, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,098 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 919428

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

550 Bradley St 415, Nanaimo

$289,000

550 Bradley St 415, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 633 SqFt 436 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 919381

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

1623 Caspers Way 5, Nanaimo

$369,000

1623 Caspers Way 5, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 900 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 919347

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

2461 Crystal Brook Way, Nanaimo

$699,000

↓ $25,900

2461 Crystal Brook Way, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,238 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 919251

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1675 Crescent View Dr 203, Nanaimo

$475,000

1675 Crescent View Dr 203, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,014 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 919104

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PBO)

1283 Strathmore St, Nanaimo

$599,900

1283 Strathmore St, Nanaimo

4 Beds 1 Bath 1,532 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 918858

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

1900 Bowen Rd 101, Nanaimo

$334,900

1900 Bowen Rd 101, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 852 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 919041

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1604 Creekside Dr, Nanaimo

$579,900

1604 Creekside Dr, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,105 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 918679

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1631 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo

$659,900

1631 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo

5 Beds 2 Baths 2,018 SqFt 5,228 SqFt Lot Half Duplex MLS® # 919001

eXp Realty

681 Oakley St, Nanaimo

$524,900

681 Oakley St, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 801 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 918800

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

999 Bowen Rd 5205, Nanaimo

$199,900

999 Bowen Rd 5205, Nanaimo

0 Beds 1 Bath 408 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 918088

eXp Realty

The boundaries of Central Nanaimo would vary according to who you ask - but the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board uses these boundaries:

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 Amenities

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

A lot of real estate investors like this area because there is constant demand for temporary housing for hospital staff, ferry workers, etc.

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 apartment units near the hospital, and a lot of new condos near the commercial corridor along Bowen Rd.

Northfield West

The western ends of Boxwood Rd and Meredith Rd - just south of the old Northfield School - the area 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 developed into light industrial purposes - it makes sense because of the proximity to the noisy Parkway.

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 - EDIT: that was cut down, boo), but some parts of this neighbourhood are considered to be a bit dodgy.

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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