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

35 Properties Found. Page 1 of 3

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


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


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

Quality Constructed 2550 Sf Home With 2 Bedroom...

NEW Photo of Listing #872664

$849,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.16 Acres
  • 2,553 ft²

Single Family Detached

871 Chelsea St, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #872664

Quality Constructed 2550 Sf Home With 2 Bedroom Suite And Detached 570sf Two Bay Shop. Rare 6 Year Old, 5 Bedroom And 3 Bathroom Home Include Classy Wood Cabinetry, Quartz Counter Tops And Pantry/breakfast Bar In The Main Kitchen, Scraped Hard Wood Floors O...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Full Duplex Has Been Well Kept & Makes A G...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #871120

$814,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 2,638 ft²

Full Duplex

1394/1396 Graham Cres, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #871120

This Full Duplex Has Been Well Kept & Makes A Great Investment Opportunity With Excellent Tenants Already In Place. The Property Is Set On A Low Maintenance Corner Lot With Good Tenant Parking. This Unique, Full Duplex Includes A 2 Bdrm/2 Bath Suite, A 2 Bd...

460 Realty Inc.

Investment Opportunity /development Potential. ...

Photo of Listing #871985

$799,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.34 Acres
  • 612 ft²

Single Family Detached

1623 Northfield Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #871985

Investment Opportunity /development Potential. Beautiful Fully Renovated And Updated Rancher With Carriage Home (unauthorized), Situated On A Large 0.34 Acre (almost 15,000 Sqft.) Lot In Central Nanaimo. This 2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom Home Includes A 1 Bedroom S...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Located In Central Nanaimo You Will Find This B...

Photo of Listing #871103

$749,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 2,252 ft²

Single Family Detached

1794 Latimer Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #871103

Located In Central Nanaimo You Will Find This Beautiful Family Friendly Home. Upon Entering You Are Greeted With A Spacious Entry Way That Leads You To An Open Concept Living Area With A Dining Room And Fully Renovated Kitchen With New Appliances, Cabinets,...

460 Realty Inc.

Character Home That Has Been Updated To Todays ...

NEW Photo of Listing #872507

$679,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 1,826 ft²

Single Family Detached

510 Bradley St, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #872507

Character Home That Has Been Updated To Todays Standards. Top Floor Has Been Gutted And Rebuilt Including 4 Inches Of Spray Foam Insulation And Rewired With Separate Sub Panel. Hardwood Floors On The Main Floor Exude The Charm Of This Home. Back Room Could ...

Royal LePage-Comox Valley (CV)

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

NEW Photo of Listing #872390

$669,900 Active

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

Single Family Detached

2107 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #872390

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)

Investor Alberta! A Cozy Rancher On Two Legal L...

Photo of Listing #866081

$650,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 818 ft²

Single Family Detached

1004 Moyse Crt, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #866081

Investor Alberta! A Cozy Rancher On Two Legal Lots With Separate Pid And Legal Description Close To Nanaimo General Hospital. 2 Bed Room 1 Bath Rancher Is Currently Rented For $1400/ Month +utilities Month To Month. Perfect Opportunity For A Builder To Dem...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Character Home Located In Sought After Neighbou...

Photo of Listing #871419

$599,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 1,991 ft²

Single Family Detached

720 Arbutus Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #871419

Character Home Located In Sought After Neighbourhood Just Minutes From The Seawall And Marina. Don't Miss This Opportunity To Own This 2 Bath, 3 Bedroom Plus Home. This Home Is Perfect For A Growing Family It Would Be Very Easy To Make A 5 Or 6 Bedroom. Lot...

460 Realty Inc.

Central Nanaimo Charmer On An Awesome Lot, With...

Photo of Listing #870584

$569,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 1,906 ft²

Single Family Detached

879 Millstone Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #870584

Central Nanaimo Charmer On An Awesome Lot, With A Legal Suite. Located In A Cute Pocket Of Character Homes, Within Walking Distance Of An Elementary School, This Property Has Been Well Maintained, And Retains Many Heritage Features, Including The Original R...

eXp Realty

Investor Alert!! Great Opportunity To Enter The...

Photo of Listing #871875

$525,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.13 Acres
  • 1,872 ft²

Single Family Detached

660 Townsite Rd, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #871875

Investor Alert!! Great Opportunity To Enter The Market And Put In Some Elbow Grease To Make This Property Shine!! This Family Home Or Investment Property In Central Nanaimo Is Situated In An Incredibly Convenient Location. Enjoy Easy Access In Either Direct...

eXp Realty

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 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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