Central Nanaimo Real Estate

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

23 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

Modern And Contemporary Townhouse Complex For S...

Photo of Listing #873393

$2,900,000 Active

  • 0.31 Acres
  • 7,364 ft²

Other

582-584 Rosehill St, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #873393

Modern And Contemporary Townhouse Complex For Sale. Built By Ecklundson Construction, Located A 5 Min Walk To The Waterfront And A 15 Min Walk To Downtown. This 8 Unit Townhouse Complex Is A Great Investment Package With Separate Titles For Each Unit. T...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

7,480 Square Feet Legal Fourplex. Fantastic Inv...

Photo of Listing #862419

$1,690,000 Active

  • 8 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 7,480 ft²

Quadruplex

240 Caledonia Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #862419

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...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

1.76 Acre River And Ocean View Development Site...

Photo of Listing #823313

$1,280,000 Active

  • 1.76 Acres

Land

210 Caledonia Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #823313

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...

eXp Realty

Development Site Shovel Ready - Multifamily Bui...

Photo of Listing #881697

$1,130,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 1,000 ft²

Single Family Detached

580 Rosehill St, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #881697

Development Site Shovel Ready - Multifamily Building Site In The Heart Of Nanaimo. This R8 Zoned Lot Is Ready For 12 Mainly Two Bedrooms And One Large Penthouse Suite. The City Of Nanaimo Development Issued Permit #001128, A Building Permit Application Subm...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

House, Shop, Office Space, This Industrial Zone...

Photo of Listing #879863

$950,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 2,312 ft²

Single Family Detached

1924 Northfield Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #879863

House, Shop, Office Space, This Industrial Zoned Property Has All The Components Of Great Cash Flow And Multiple Uses. Located On A Corridor Street Which Is Highly Visible. House Has 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Huge Sundeck Deck Space, Covered Parking, Heat Pu...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Massive 3536 Square Foot Home (7 Bedrooms/4 Bat...

Photo of Listing #882176

$759,900 Active

  • 7 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 3,536 ft²

Single Family Detached

1116 Thunderbird Dr, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #882176

Massive 3536 Square Foot Home (7 Bedrooms/4 Bathrooms Total) With Versatile Floor Plan. The Main Area Features 4 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms, Living Room, Family Room; Downstairs Includes A Large Rental Accommodation Area (or Use For Additional Bedrooms , Rec Ro...

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

Amazing 12,400 Sq Ft Lot Near The Hospital On A...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #879346

$629,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 2,270 ft²

Single Family Detached

1250 Woodlands St, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #879346

Amazing 12,400 Sq Ft Lot Near The Hospital On A Quiet Cul-de Sac. Over 2,500 Sq Ft Finished Space With 4 Bedrooms Room For An In-law Suite In The Lower Level. Additional Family Room Over The Carport. New Floors. Updated 200 Amp Service. Private Party Deck O...

Team 3000 Realty Ltd. (Van2)

A Stunning Luxury Oceanview Condo, The Grandeur...

Photo of Listing #878376

$619,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,589 ft²

Condo Apartment

679 Terminal Ave 202, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #878376

A Stunning Luxury Oceanview Condo, The Grandeur Of Which Is Immediately Apparent As You Walk In The Private Entrance. Towering Vaulted Ceilings, Gorgeous Natural Light, And Chic Esthetic Carry Through The Open Concept Layout. The Kitchen Has An Impressive S...

eXp Realty

With Duplex Homes Nearly Impossible To Find In ...

Photo of Listing #879264

$599,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 1,561 ft²

Half Duplex

342 Millstone Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #879264

With Duplex Homes Nearly Impossible To Find In Nanaimo, We're Pleased To Offer For Sale These Attached Two Storey Duplex Homes With No Strata Fees, Bylaws Or Restrictions. Scheduled For Completion In Late October This Main Level Entry Home Boasts A Open Fl...

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

With Duplex Homes Nearly Impossible To Find In ...

Photo of Listing #879261

$599,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 1,561 ft²

Half Duplex

340 Millstone Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #879261

With Duplex Homes Nearly Impossible To Find In Nanaimo, We're Pleased To Offer For Sale These Attached Two Storey Duplex Homes With No Strata Fees, Bylaws Or Restrictions. Scheduled For Completion In Late October This Main Level Entry Home Boasts A Open Fl...

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

Welcome To This Lovely Home With 5 Bed And 3 Ba...

NEW Photo of Listing #882672

$589,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 1,730 ft²

Single Family Detached

2107 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #882672

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...

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 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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