Character Homes - Nanaimo & Mid-Island

For buyers who love "character homes", Nanaimo offers huge opportunities. A lot of old-growth forest was being harvested and processed when these homes were built, which means that the highest-quality lumber was available. The result is that old homes in Nanaimo were built with good materials - and with the builders' costs being low, they were able to invest in other areas of the construction, such as interior features and grand porches. See below for my curated list of character homes currently for sale.

If you're selling your old home in the Nanaimo area, I'd love to help you get the price your home deserves. My home was built in 1912 and I can't imagine selling it to a buyer who doesn't appreciate its unique qualities! If you want my help, please contact me.

A final note - some of the homes below have only a degree of original features remaining. I've included those anyway!

Character Home Listings

21 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

Beautiful Character Home On A Large Lot With An...

Photo of Listing #464851

$525,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.23 Acres
  • 2,474 ft²

Single Family

1046 Chase River Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464851

Beautiful Character Home On A Large Lot With An Amazing Shop. The 4 Bedroom Home Has Been Meticulously Maintained And Nicely Updated By The Current Owners. The Main Level Has A Large Kitchen With Ample Cupboard Space And An Eating Island. An Attractive Bric...

460 Realty Inc.

Nestled On The Shores Of Quamichan Lake In The ...

Photo of Listing #464607

$2,940,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 11.97 Acres
  • 4,101 ft²

Single Family

1834 Stamps Road, Duncan, BC

MLS® #464607

Nestled On The Shores Of Quamichan Lake In The Cowichan Valley And Steeped In History, The "lakehouse" Circa 1929 Has Been Transformed Into An A First Class Equestrian Estate. Privacy And Quiet Enjoyment Awaits Down The Long Drive Leading To The 4101 Sq Ft ...

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Dun)

Development Potential: Flexible R5 Zoning - Up ...

Photo of Listing #464602

$399,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.11 Acres
  • 1,566 ft²

Single Family

494 Haliburton Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464602

Development Potential: Flexible R5 Zoning - Up To 4 Unit Residential With Lane Access. Cozy 3 Bedroom Character House With Ocean And Mountain Views Walking Distance To Downtown. Absolutely Brimming With Potential, The Main Floor Of This House Is Just Under ...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Here Is A True Nanaimo Classic In Ever Poplar V...

Photo of Listing #464578

$849,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,878 ft²

Single Family

522 Vancouver Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464578

Here Is A True Nanaimo Classic In Ever Poplar Vancouver Ave. A Short Walk To The Famous Seawall And Nanaimo's Marinas. This Well Built Beauty Was Built In 1937 And Has Been Maintained And Updated. Gorgeous Oak Flooring, Leaded French Doors And Many Light Fi...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Departure Bay - Private .82 Ac Estate-like Prop...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #464322

$989,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.82 Acres
  • 3,631 ft²

Single Family

2525 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464322

Departure Bay - Private .82 Ac Estate-like Property - Subdividable. A Unique Opportunity To Own This Very Rare Mature Manicured Property That Offers Complete Privacy With Beautiful Gardens And Large Trees And Is Located In A Central Location Within Walking ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Charm And Grace. Unleash Your Artisan Talents I...

Photo of Listing #463758

$539,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.33 Acres
  • 2,990 ft²

Single Family

9351 Chemainus Road, Chemainus, BC

MLS® #463758

Charm And Grace. Unleash Your Artisan Talents In This Inspiring Abode. Exhausting Day At Work? Retreat To Your Upstairs Master Bedroom For A Peaceful Night's Rest. Your Lower Floor Could Be A Great Study/sleep Area For Your Teen Or De-evolutionize It Into A...

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Ldy)

Ocean View Character Home In The Old City Quart...

Photo of Listing #463261

$419,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 1,576 ft²

Single Family

403 Victoria Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463261

Ocean View Character Home In The Old City Quarter. Behind A Huge Holly Privacy Hedge, This 3 Story Home Is Ready To Be Yours. Plenty Of Space For Everyone With 4 Bedrooms & 2.5 Bathrooms. Many Updates Over The Years Including Thermopane Windows & Natural Ga...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Bring Your Building Plans!! R15 Zoning (old Cit...

Photo of Listing #463260

$469,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 1,326 ft²

Single Family

537 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463260

Bring Your Building Plans!! R15 Zoning (old City Medium Density Residential) Allows For A Carriage Home, Duplex Or Fourplex!! This Tastefully Updated Home Boasts Character And Charm. An Upgraded Kitchen, 2 Bdrms, Bathroom And Laundry Room On The Main Plus A...

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PBO)

Remarkable 1935 3400 Square Foot Home Oozing Wi...

Photo of Listing #463072

$819,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.27 Acres
  • 2,952 ft²

Single Family

2939 Esplanade Street, Chemainus, BC

MLS® #463072

Remarkable 1935 3400 Square Foot Home Oozing With Character And Charm. This Ocean Front Home In A Very Central Chemainus Location Has Spectacular Ocean, Mountain And Island Views. Master Bedroom, Living Room And Foyer Have Stained Glass Windows. This Loving...

eXp Realty

1901 Ocean View Victorian Heritage(mcrae Reside...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #461883

$469,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 2,293 ft²

Single Family

98 Victoria Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461883

1901 Ocean View Victorian Heritage(mcrae Residence) Home Here Is A Rare Opportunity To Own This Victorian Heritage Home For Those Looking For A Unique Residence Loaded With Curb Appeal In Downtown Nanaimo With Carriage Home Potential. Offering Ocean Views F...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Have You Been Looking For A Place In Cumberland...

Photo of Listing #461645

$374,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.08 Acres
  • 1,510 ft²

Single Family

2741 Windermere Ave, Cumberland, BC

MLS® #461645

Have You Been Looking For A Place In Cumberland That You Want To Make Your Own? Stop Right Here! Built In 1901 This 3 Bedroom 1 Bath Home Is Waiting For Someone To Make It New Again. Main Entry Living With All Three Bedrooms Up, With An Under-height Basemen...

RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty (Crtny)

Location, Potential, Location, History, Locatio...

Photo of Listing #460789

$550,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,223 ft²

Single Family

9900 Maple Street, Chemainus, BC

MLS® #460789

Location, Potential, Location, History, Location, And Charm! Just Steps To Kinsmen Beach Park And Only A Block From The Fabulous Dining And Shopping Of The Old City, This First Of The 7 Sisters Houses Was Built To Last And Just Needs Your Vision To Bring It...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Restore Historical Lavender House To Its Origin...

REDUCED 1% Photo of Listing #460680

$475,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.38 Acres
  • 1,538 ft²

Single Family

5511 Island Hwy, Union Bay, BC

MLS® #460680

Restore Historical Lavender House To Its Original Beauty! This Property Is Right Across From The Union Bay Boat Launch And Has Unobstructed Ocean Views That Include Tree Island And Denman Island. Property Is Zoned For A Secondary Dwelling Or Carriage House....

Royal LePage-Comox Valley (CV)

"character Home In Courtenay." This Beautiful T...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #460603

$479,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,967 ft²

Single Family

1170 21st Street, Courtenay, BC

MLS® #460603

"character Home In Courtenay." This Beautiful Three Level Home With Original Fir Flooring Is A Pleasure To Walk Through. Built In 1920 And May Have Been A School House At Some Point In Its Life. There Are 5 Bedrooms Two Up, Master On The Main With Cheater E...

Royal LePage-Comox Valley (CV)

1936 Character Home With Updates. Home Has Orig...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #459988

$299,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.19 Acres
  • 2,092 ft²

Single Family

2891 8th Ave, Port Alberni, BC

MLS® #459988

1936 Character Home With Updates. Home Has Original Styling And Spectacular Mountain View. This 4 Bedroom Home Is On A Large Corner Lot With Basement With Bedroom, Workshop, And 1/2 Bath. Kitchen And Bathroom Have Been Updated With A Classic Decor. Great De...

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty

Idyllic 43.8 Acre Farm In Merville. Anchored By...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #458233

$1,099,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 43.8 Acres
  • 1,955 ft²

Single Family

931 Williams Beach Road, Merville, BC

MLS® #458233

Idyllic 43.8 Acre Farm In Merville. Anchored By A Four Bedroom, Two Bathroom 1955 Sq Ft Farmhouse, The Property Includes Multiple Farm Outbuildings, A Separate Studio, And A Converted Bus For Summer Guests. Achieving Certified Organic Status In 2010, The Pr...

Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island North

Gorgeous Riverfront Home With Access To 32 Km O...

Photo of Listing #455951

$992,800 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 0.66 Acres
  • 4,387 ft²

Single Family

72 Park Road, Lake Cowichan, BC

MLS® #455951

Gorgeous Riverfront Home With Access To 32 Km Of Lakefront! Bright And Sunny Near The Mouth Of The Cowichan River On An Awesome Road With Lovely Homes On Huge Lots With An Easy Walk Into Town. This 0.69 Acre Property Has Great Rental Income. This Huge Home ...

RE/MAX of Lake Cowichan

Resting On 7.29 Acres Overlooking Cherry Point ...

Photo of Listing #454177

$2,750,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 7.29 Acres
  • 4,635 ft²

Single Family

800 Garnett Road, Cobble Hill, BC

MLS® #454177

Resting On 7.29 Acres Overlooking Cherry Point Beach, Salt Spring Island & Mt. Baker, This Impressive Ocean Front Estate Will Enchant You. The Circular Drive Lined By Level Pastures, Plentiful Flower, Fruit & Vegetable Gardens, 45 Fruit Trees & Creek Leads ...

Johannsen Group Realty Inc.

Note: There is an official "heritage building" designation recognized by the City of Nanaimo. The discussion and heritage properties listed on this page do not necessarily match the requirements set out by the City.

VIREB IDX Reciprocity listings are displayed in accordance with VIREB's broker reciprocity Agreement and are copyright © the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. The above information is from sources deemed reliable but it should not be relied upon without independent verification.