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...
A Stunning Luxury Condo With Ocean Views, The Grandeur Of Which Is Immediately Apparent As You Walk In The Private Entrance. Towering Vaulted Ceilings, Gorgeous Natural Light, And Chic Esthetic Carries Thought The Open Concept Layout. The Kitchen Has An Imp...
It's Not Very Often That We Can Truly Say That Everything In A Home Is Exactly As It Should Be But We Feel Fully Confident Saying That About This New Listing! At Just Under 1900 Square Feet With 4 Bedrooms And 2 Bathrooms, This Home Has Been Done From Top T...
This Home Is Situated In An Ideal Location Close To Schools, Shopping, Recreation And More. This 5 Bed 4 Bath Home Offers 3 Beds And 2 Baths Up As Well As A 2 Bed 2 Bath Suite. Located On A Quiet Cul De Sac, This Large Home Offers Plenty Of Space For A Grow...
Located On The Top Floor, This Corner Unit Has Been Entirely, Professionally Renovated. The Home Boasts Almost 1200 Sqft Of Interior Living Space, W/ A Wrap-around Southern Facing Deck. Enjoy Sunny Mt. Benson Views, W/ 3 Doors To Access The Outdoor Living S...
This Is A Rare Opportunity Under $475k! 4 Bd, 3 Ba Family Home W/ A Large Detached Workshop Right In The Centre Of Nanaimo. This Home Is Main Level Entry W/ An Open Dining And Living Room, & Good Sized Kitchen & Plenty Of Cupboard Space. Also On The Main Is...
Undeniable Charm & Curb Appeal Epitomize This Lovely 1,540 Sqft Rancher Nestled Away On A Large, Private Sunny Lot In Hospital Area. This Well-maintained, 3 Bdrm + Den, 2-bath Home Combines Old World Character With All The Practical Modern Updates. The Spac...
Welcome To 1726 Kerrisdale, 9 Well-designed Townhomes Being Built In Central Nanaimo Close To All Amenities. Situated At The End Of A Cul-de-sac, Unit 105 In Building 1 Will Boast A West Coast Exterior While The Well-designed Interior Will Provide 1,419 Sqf...
As You Enter Into This Meticulously Maintained 2 Bedroom, Plus Den, 2.5 Bath Town Home You Will Be Amazed At What It Has To Offer. It Is Centrally Located In Nanaimo And Close To All Amenities. This Unit Has Had Many Updates Including New Windows, Flooring ...
Introducing 1726 Kerrisdale, 9 Well-designed Townhomes Being Built In Central Nanaimo Close To All Amenities. Situated At The End Of A Quiet Cul-de-sac, Building 2 Will Be Home To Unit 104, Boasting A West Coast Exterior With Views Of Mt Benson. The Interio...
Absolutely Stunning Townhome Featuring 3 Beds, 3 Baths In The Village At Summerhill, Just 1 Block To The Hospital & Shopping. Immaculate Sought After End Unit Is A Main Level Entry That Features A Great Room On The Main Floor, With Bedrooms Up. There Is Eve...
This Delightful Two Bedroom + Den Home Is Nestled In A Family Friendly Neighborhood Only Steps From Mansfield Park, Millstone River, The Hospital, Great Schools And Shopping. The Comfortable Living Room Offers Beautiful Corner Windows Providing Abundant Lig...
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.