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:
7,480 Square Feet Legal Fourplex. Fantastic Investment Pilot As Nanaimo Has Exploded With Investors Coming In From All Over The World Now. Located In The Hub Of The City With Access To Ferries And Float Planes With In Walking Distance. 3 Units Face The Mils...
1.76 Acre River And Ocean View Development Site. Video Shows Expected View From 4th Floor. 40 Unit Condo Project Is Designed And Is Ready For Development Permit Application. Site Survey, Riparian Study, Environmental Study And Detailed Design Drawings Are A...
Quality Constructed 2550 Sf Home With 2 Bedroom Suite And Detached 570sf Two Bay Shop. Rare 6 Year Old, 5 Bedroom And 3 Bathroom Home Include Classy Wood Cabinetry, Quartz Counter Tops And Pantry/breakfast Bar In The Main Kitchen, Scraped Hard Wood Floors O...
This Full Duplex Has Been Well Kept & Makes A Great Investment Opportunity With Excellent Tenants Already In Place. The Property Is Set On A Low Maintenance Corner Lot With Good Tenant Parking. This Unique, Full Duplex Includes A 2 Bdrm/2 Bath Suite, A 2 Bd...
Investment Opportunity /development Potential. Beautiful Fully Renovated And Updated Rancher With Carriage Home (unauthorized), Situated On A Large 0.34 Acre (almost 15,000 Sqft.) Lot In Central Nanaimo. This 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Home Includes A 1 Bedroom S...
Located In Central Nanaimo You Will Find This Beautiful Family Friendly Home. Upon Entering You Are Greeted With A Spacious Entry Way That Leads You To An Open Concept Living Area With A Dining Room And Fully Renovated Kitchen With New Appliances, Cabinets,...
Character Home That Has Been Updated To Todays Standards. Top Floor Has Been Gutted And Rebuilt Including 4 Inches Of Spray Foam Insulation And Rewired With Separate Sub Panel. Hardwood Floors On The Main Floor Exude The Charm Of This Home. Back Room Could ...
Welcome To This Lovely Home With 5 Bed And 3 Bath Which Is Renovated Tastefully With New Kitchen Cabinets, New Floor, New Paint, And Fully Updated Bathrooms. The Main Level Has 2 Bedrooms And 2 Bath. Primary Bedroom Has 3-pc Ensuite And A Walk In Closet. G...
Investor Alberta! A Cozy Rancher On Two Legal Lots With Separate Pid And Legal Description Close To Nanaimo General Hospital. 2 Bed Room 1 Bath Rancher Is Currently Rented For $1400/ Month +utilities Month To Month. Perfect Opportunity For A Builder To Dem...
Character Home Located In Sought After Neighbourhood Just Minutes From The Seawall And Marina. Don't Miss This Opportunity To Own This 2 Bath, 3 Bedroom Plus Home. This Home Is Perfect For A Growing Family It Would Be Very Easy To Make A 5 Or 6 Bedroom. Lot...
Central Nanaimo Charmer On An Awesome Lot, With A Legal Suite. Located In A Cute Pocket Of Character Homes, Within Walking Distance Of An Elementary School, This Property Has Been Well Maintained, And Retains Many Heritage Features, Including The Original R...
Investor Alert!! Great Opportunity To Enter The Market And Put In Some Elbow Grease To Make This Property Shine!! This Family Home Or Investment Property In Central Nanaimo Is Situated In An Incredibly Convenient Location. Enjoy Easy Access In Either Direct...
The boundaries of Central Nanaimo would vary according to who you ask - but the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board uses these boundaries: (SKIP TO MAP) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.