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

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...

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$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 #448384

$629,900 Active

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

Single Family

1259 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #448384

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

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

Photo of Listing #448295

$614,900 Active

  • 6 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.11 Acres
  • 2,463 ft²

Single Family

1255 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #448295

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

A Rare Find Nestled In The Quietest Of Family N...

Photo of Listing #447918

$499,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.35 Acres
  • 1,944 ft²

Single Family

1603 Venlaw Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #447918

A Rare Find Nestled In The Quietest Of Family Neighbourhoods On A Giant .35 Acre Lot That Backs Onto Pryde Vista Golf Course. Mature Trees Provide Privacy & A Visually Stunning Backdrop To The Spacious Back Yard. This Split-level, Move-in Ready Home Has Und...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Charming Home With Loads Of Character. Walk To ...

Photo of Listing #445616

$499,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 1,850 ft²

Single Family

1232 Nelson Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #445616

Charming Home With Loads Of Character. Walk To The Hospital. 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms. Some Original Oak Flooring Upstairs Except Kitchen And Bathroom. Main Floor 2 Bedrooms , 1 Bathroom, Spacious Kitchen With View Of The Beautiful Back Yard. Lots Of Cabinet...

One Percent Realty Ltd.(Dunc)

Beautiful, Bright Family Home With Views Of Mt ...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #445742

$479,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 1,944 ft²

Single Family

2159 Lark Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #445742

Beautiful, Bright Family Home With Views Of Mt Benson On Large South Facing, Fenced Yard With Fruit & Veggie Gardens, Tree House And Huge Sun Deck. Large Foyer, Spacious Sunken Living Room & Formal Dining Room Have French Glass Doors. Well Designed Kitchen ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

1800 Summerhill - Phase 3. Beautifully Appointe...

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Photo of Listing #436057

$435,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,717 ft²

Condo/Strata

1800 Summerhill Place 107, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #436057

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)

1800 Summerhill. Beautifully Appointed With A M...

Photo of Listing #436090

$429,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,426 ft²

Condo/Strata

1800 Summerhill Place 112, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #436090

1800 Summerhill. Beautifully Appointed With A Modern Flare, These 3 Level Townhome Have Lots To Offer. 2 Bedrooms Plus 2 Full Bathrooms On The Top Floor, 3rd Bedroom Or Den, Modern Kitchen, Living, Dining Room And Bathroom On The Main Floor, And Garage And ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Affordable Single Family Home On Corner Lot Wit...

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Photo of Listing #448159

$419,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,060 ft²

Single Family

1180 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #448159

Affordable Single Family Home On Corner Lot With Back Lane! Renovated Character Home In Central Nanaimo, Close To Everything From Shopping To Recreation Center. This Home Can Be Perfect For A First Home, Or Can Even Be Further Renovated To Become Your Dream...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

1800 Summerhill. Beautifully Appointed With A M...

Photo of Listing #436088

$419,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,426 ft²

Condo/Strata

1800 Summerhill Place 111, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #436088

1800 Summerhill. Beautifully Appointed With A Modern Flare, These 3 Level Townhome Have Lots To Offer. 2 Bedrooms Plus 2 Full Bathrooms On The Top Floor, 3rd Bedroom Or Den, Modern Kitchen, Living, Dining Room And Bathroom On The Main Floor, And Garage And ...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Summerhill Place - Phase 3! Built By A Reputabl...

Photo of Listing #436086

$419,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,426 ft²

Condo/Strata

1800 Summerhill Place 110, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #436086

Summerhill Place - Phase 3! Built By A Reputable Builder, This 3 Level Townhome Has 2 Bedrooms On The Top Floor With 2 Full Bathrooms, 3rd Bedroom Or Den, A Modern Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room And Bathroom On The Main, A Garage, Workshop & Storage On T...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Exceptional Townhome With Single Car Garage In ...

Photo of Listing #446679

$415,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,371 ft²

Condo/Strata

1720 Dufferin Cres 165, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #446679

Exceptional Townhome With Single Car Garage In A Central Location Close To All Amenities. 2-5-10 Year Warranty In Place. Three Generous Size Bedrooms Three 2 Full Bathrooms And A 1/2 Bath On The Main Floor. Open Concept Kitchen Dining And Family Room. Pets ...

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 lot of strip malls. 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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