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:
Rare Opportunity To Obtain A Residential Development Site In Central Nanaimo On 6.55 Acres With Potential For 132 Residential Units Situated In Central Nanaimo. The Current Seller Has Proposed A Development Of 54 Town Homes Offering 3 Levels, Garage, And On...
Sun Porch Homes Ltd. Is Proud To Present Another Quality Constructed Home! Walk In To Be Amazed By The Impressive Design, Quality & Exceptional Value Of This Large Open Concept 6 Bedroom 4 Bathroom Centrally Located Family Home! The Home Has A Bonus 2 Bedro...
Outstanding Opportunity, 0.70 Acre Property (subdivide - Confirm With City) Well Maintained Home Faces Pryde Vista Golf Course Fairways. Great View Of Manicured Greens With Mount Benson In The Background, Updates Include Windows Aluminum Soffits, Gas Firepl...
Centrally Located, This One Level, "still New" Under Warranty Home Offers 9'ceilings, Is Flooded With Natural Light From The Large Windows, And Has New Led Lighting Throughout. Outside You Will Enjoy The Large Patio, Fully Fenced, Recently Upgraded Landscap...
Two Bedroom Home With A Unfinished 6ft Basement In Central Nanaimo. Large Living Room With Natural Gas Fireplace. Hardwood Flooring Throughout. Workshop In The Basement With A Gas Fireplace. Large Level Lot. Back Yard Fully Fenced. One Car Detached Garage W...
Welcome To This Spacious Family Home In The Forest Park Area, On A Cul-de-sac Close To All Amenities. With Over 3300 Sqft, This Large Home Has Plenty Of Room For The Growing Family. Featuring Two Kitchens, 5 Bedrooms And 3 Bathrooms On A Fenced, Level Lot. ...
Affordable Family Home W/ A Bachelor Suite. This Is A Perfect Opportunity To Own A Spacious Home On A Large Level Lot. This Home Offers Over 2200 Sqr.ft Of Living Space Including 4 Bdrms And 2 Full Bathrms In The Main Living Area. The Galley Kitchen Has Ple...
Spacious Central Nanaimo Home On A Pretty Property. Large Windows With Mountain Views And Lovely Back Yard With Fruit Trees. Unique Floor Plan Has Office/library [ Remodeled Dining Area] Adjoining The Living Room With Cozy Wood Burning Fireplace. There Are ...
Investor Alert! Affordable Housing Located In Central Nanaimo Close To Mansfield Park With A Detached 16x24 Garage. Detached Garage Has Power. Upper Floor Feature Two Bedrooms, One Bathroom, Living Room And A Kitchen Area. Lower Floor Offers Another Two Bed...
Family Home. Located In The Popular Townsite Area, This, Attractive Home Offers Three Bedrooms Up, A Part Basement, Fireplace, Heat Pump, Enclosed Workshop, And A Sun Room Off The Back Of The House. This Is A Popular Style Of Home In A Desirable Location. I...
Here Is A Great Opportunity For A Move-in-ready Family Home In Central Nanaimo. The Fantastic Floor Plan With 3 Bedrooms And 2 Bathrooms On The Upper Level With An Open Floor Plan On The Main Floor. The Kitchen Features Dark Cabinetry, Tiled Back Splash, St...
This Beautiful Family Home Features Three Spacious Bedrooms & A Den Perfect For An Office Space; Three Bathrooms Including An Updated 5 Piece Ensuite In The Master With Heated Tile Flooring, An Open Concept Living Room/dining Room Combination With A Beautif...
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.