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...
Completely Renovated From Top To Bottom! This Large Home With 3 Bedroom Legal Suite Would Be Well-suited For A Revenue Property Or Mortgage Helper. With 3 Bedrooms Up And 3 Bedrooms Down And Over 1200 Sq Ft On Each Floor There Is Plenty Of Room For Everyone...
Unique Opportunity To Own An Extensively Updated Home With A 2 Bedroom Authorized Suite. Sitting On 2 Legal City Lots, It Has A Large Private Yard With The Potential To Build Two Detached Shops On The Property And Is Located In A Very Desirable Location Wit...
Completely Renovated Home In Central Nanaimo! Over 2100 Sq Ft Of Living With 3 Or 4 Bedrooms Plus 2 Full Baths. Everything Has Been Done Including New Kitchen With Stainless Steel Appliances, New Bathrooms, Beautiful Hardwood Flooring Refinished And Some Ne...
This Home Was Extensively Renovated In 2012 By Georgia View Homes, At The Time The Interior Was Brought Down To The Wooden Studs To Create A Floor Plan And Finishing That Allowed For The Suite To Be Self Contained And Totally Separate. This Home Makes A Gre...
Welcome To The Perfect 3 Bed And 3 Bath Family Home, This Rare Main Level Entry House Is Located At The End Of A Quiet Cul-de-sac And Just A Couple Homes Down From A Playground. The Lot Is Very Flat And With Plenty Of Room For Parking Several Vehicles, A Bo...
This Move-in Ready 1,800 Sqft Rancher Is On A Large Lot In A Great Neighbourhood. The Open Floor Plan Includes A Great Room With 6 Skylights, A Living Room, 2 Natural Gas Fireplaces, A Master Bedroom With 4pc Ensuite And Zero Hallways. The Beautifully Lands...
Welcome To 939 Oakley St A Charming 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Rancher. This Home Has Had Many Recent Updates That Includes The Kitchen, Windows, Roof & Insulation. The 2007 Addition Boasts A Large Master Bedroom With A Walk-in Closet And Ensuite, So Rare In Homes I...
Look No Further, This Home Is Located In A Prime Location With Easy Access To Everything Nanaimo Has To Offer. Only Blocks To The Local Hospital, Schools, Shopping, And A Quick Walk To Waterfront, City Center Plus Situated Behind Beautiful Bowen Park Where ...
Here Is A Fantastic Opportunity To Own A Large 2-bedroom Condo With Beautiful Views In A Well-maintained Quiet Building That Is Just A Short Stroll To The Seawall. This Corner Unit Is On The Water-side Of The Building And Enjoys The Views From All Of The Ma...
First Time Buyers Or Those That Are Downsizing Will Find This Opportunity Has Tremendous Value. This 60 Unit Development Has Been Well Maintained With A Recent Depreciation Report In Place. Families Like The Three Bedrooms(master Bed Has A Access To A Sunny...
Lovely Newer Condo In The Heart Of Central Nanaimo. Great Room Plan With Two Large Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms Including Ensuite, And Ensuite Laundry. Desirable High Ceilings And Modern Decor With Beautiful Views Of Mt. Benson Where You Can Watch The Sunset Sli...
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.