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 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. 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:
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...
Centrally Located Mixed Use Property, Ideal For A Home Based Business And With Desirable Cor2 Zoning. This 0.28 Acre Property Features A 5 Bedroom And 4 Bath Home With Extensive Upgrades, Such As Granite Counters And Custom Cabinetry In Both Kitchens, An Op...
All Ready For You To Move In! This Wonderful Family Home With Beautiful Renovations In A Fantastic Neighborhood Just Waiting For You. With 3 Bedrooms Upstairs And Two Downstairs You Can Easily Suite The Generous Space While Keeping Lots For Yourself And Pay...
Charming Is The First Word That Will Come To Mind As You Enter This Two Story Character Home. Built In 1937, This Home Still Has Beautiful Original Hardwood Floors And Vintage Radiant Heaters. Aside From The Vintage Charm, This Home Also Has Some Modern Upd...
Classic Well-maintained Post-war Home On A Large Lot Near Mansfield Park - A Highly Desirable, Very Central Neighbourhood - Just 6 Blocks From The Hospital, 8 Blocks From The Ocean, Or 6 Min Drive To The University. This Main-level Entry Home Looks Like A C...
Venlaw Rd Is Nanaimo's Best Kept Secret, A Quiet Street Located Central To All Levels Of Amenities With Large Private Lots Backing Onto Pryde Vista Golf Course. This Classic 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Home Has Been Beautifully Maintained Boasting Updated Windows...
What Isn't To Love About This Charming 3 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Home?! Immense Care And Attention Has Been Given To The Recent Renovations Which Include But Are Not Limited To; Brand New (2019) Natural Gas Furnace And Ng Hot Water Tank, Vinyl Windows, Flooring,...
This Centrally Located Home Is Just About 10 Minutes Away From Anywhere Your Going In Nanaimo. This Home Is In Move In Condition With Many Updates In Recent Years. You Will Enjoy Entertaining On The 2 Tier Deck Over Looking The Back Yard That Has A Natural ...
Charming Rancher Located In A Well-established, Desirable Central Nanaimo Neighbourhood In Close Proximity To Amenities & Recreation, Offering A Functional, Family-friendly Layout With 1,095 Sqft Of Living Space, 3-beds & 1-bath, & Situated On A Level, Full...
Affordability, Location And Function All Come Together In This Fantastic Townhome! Offering Over 1100sq Ft Of Very Nicely Finished Living Space, With Two Bedrooms And Two Baths, This Home Is Likely A Good Fit For Many Different Buyers. Built In 2012, This H...
This Beautiful Central Nanaimo Townhome Located In The Popular Park Ridge Place Development Offers Over 1200 Sq. Ft. With Three Bedrooms, Or Two And A Den, And Two Full Bathrooms. The Bedrooms Are Nicely Separated For Privacy. Cozy Up Next To The Fireplace ...
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 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.
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!
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
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.
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.