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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

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1620 Townsite Rd 402, Nanaimo

$514,900

1620 Townsite Rd 402, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,172 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 922050

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

New
111 Wall St 5, Nanaimo

$419,900

111 Wall St 5, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,320 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 922277

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

New
1720 Dufferin Cres 125, Nanaimo

$597,000

1720 Dufferin Cres 125, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,264 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 922066

eXp Realty

New
211 Buttertubs Dr 24, Nanaimo

$369,900

211 Buttertubs Dr 24, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 830 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 922031

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

New
1900 Tulsa Rd 103, Nanaimo

$569,900

1900 Tulsa Rd 103, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,236 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 921967

eXp Realty

2176 Lark Cres, Nanaimo

$875,000

2176 Lark Cres, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 3,031 SqFt 6,534 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 921694

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

350 Kennedy St, Nanaimo

$749,800

350 Kennedy St, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,100 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 921697

PG Direct Realty Ltd.

580 Rosehill St, Nanaimo

$1,299,000

580 Rosehill St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,100 SqFt 12,197 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 921528

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

550 Bradley St 209, Nanaimo

$259,900

550 Bradley St 209, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 614 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 920938

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

2313 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo

$480,500

2313 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,120 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 921099

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

1155 Woodlands St, Nanaimo

$599,900

1155 Woodlands St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,136 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 920940

eXp Realty

1631 Dufferin Cres 306, Nanaimo

$454,900

1631 Dufferin Cres 306, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 976 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 920691

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

The boundaries of Central Nanaimo would vary according to who you ask - but the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board uses these boundaries:

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 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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