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

30 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

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

Photo of Listing #463260

$469,000 Active

  • 2 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 On The Main Plus A Bonus Loft Space (with En-...

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

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

Photo of Listing #462922

$888,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,878 ft²

Single Family

522 Vancouver Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462922

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 Fix...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Everything's Been Done In This Lovely Townsite ...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #462900

$519,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 2,468 ft²

Single Family

411 Holly Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462900

Everything's Been Done In This Lovely Townsite 3-level Character Style Home With 4 Beds, 2 Baths,& Many Updates. This Home Has Great Street Appeal With The Pretty Front Yard Garden. Lovely, Private Back Yard Is Beautifully Fenced & Offers Deck & Patio Areas...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Have You Always Dreamed Of Owning A Beautiful C...

Photo of Listing #462891

$349,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.12 Acres
  • 2,050 ft²

Single Family

4805 Swanson Street, Port Alberni, BC

MLS® #462891

Have You Always Dreamed Of Owning A Beautiful Character Home? This Stunner Has All The Farmhouse Vibes But It Located Within City, And Is Just A Short Walk To All The Local Amenities You Need, Including Coffee Shops, Brew Pub, Grocery Stores, Schools, Shopp...

RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty

This Beautiful Log Home Set On 2.569 Acres Offe...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #462681

$670,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2.57 Acres
  • 1,720 ft²

Single Family

2955 Extension Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462681

This Beautiful Log Home Set On 2.569 Acres Offers A Rural Setting Beside A Park Yet Is Just Minutes From Amenities. Inside, A Stunning Great Room Features Custom Rock Work Around The Woodstove Insert Extending To The Ceiling High Above. The Kitchen Boasts A...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Renovated Cumberland Character Home With Legal ...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #462444

$764,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 4,076 ft²

Single Family

2700 Maryport Ave, Cumberland, BC

MLS® #462444

Renovated Cumberland Character Home With Legal Suite!! Over 4,000 Sq.ft. Home On .25 Acres - Soak Up Beautiful Mountain View. Enjoy Bbq's On The Large Back Deck. The Main Floor Of This 4 Bedroom Home Boasts 10'3" Ceilings Throughout, Master Bedroom W/ Glass...

Royal LePage-Comox Valley (CV)

Craftsman! If You're Looking For A Classic Craf...

Photo of Listing #462460

$499,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 1,396 ft²

Single Family

551 Vancouver Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462460

Craftsman! If You're Looking For A Classic Craftsman-style Home That's Maintained Much Of Its Original Character, You Must See This Centrally-located Home In A Great Nanaimo Neighbourhood. After You Stroll Around The Large Yard, Take In The Pretty Covered F...

RE/MAX Ocean Pointe Realty (LD)

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

Photo of Listing #462421

$539,900 Active

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

Single Family

1046 Chase River Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462421

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.

2 Homes On A Large 1 Acre Flat Property In Chas...

Photo of Listing #462229

$829,900 Active

  • 8 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 1 Acres
  • 4,672 ft²

Single Family

1500 Cranberry Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462229

2 Homes On A Large 1 Acre Flat Property In Chase River. What An Opportunity!! The Original Home Is The Cranberry Residence That Is A 1912 Edwardian Farmhouse That Has Been Well Maintained Over The Years And Has Lots Of Updates, But Still Reflects The Charac...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

1901 Ocean View Victorian Heritage(mcrae Reside...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #461883

$499,900 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. A Unique Location Situ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Almost 1 Acre, 4 Bedroom - Charming Character-t...

Photo of Listing #461809

$499,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.94 Acres
  • 2,882 ft²

Single Family

2996 Canyon Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461809

Almost 1 Acre, 4 Bedroom - Charming Character-type Home With Major Improvements Of Newer Insulation, Electrical, Drywall, Plumbing, Windows, Interior Doors, Light Fixtures, Baseboard Heating, Blinds, Woodstove, New Flooring And Newer Roof. Move In Ready! Th...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty Ladysmith

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)

This Charming Cumberland Character Home Is Just...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #461296

$399,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.08 Acres
  • 1,979 ft²

Single Family

2750 Penrith Ave, Cumberland, BC

MLS® #461296

This Charming Cumberland Character Home Is Just Waiting For You! Located Within Easy Walking Distance Of The Thriving Village Of Cumberland, Close To Brew Pubs, Coffee Shops, Restaurants And Shopping And A Few Minutes From World Class Biking And Hiking Plus...

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...

Photo of Listing #460603

$499,000 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)

Great Investment Opportunity! Situated On A Qui...

Photo of Listing #460438

$319,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.17 Acres
  • 1,828 ft²

Single Family

117 French Street, Ladysmith, BC

MLS® #460438

Great Investment Opportunity! Situated On A Quiet No Through Street Right In The Heart Of Beautiful Downtown Ladysmith Is The 1828 Square Foot, Two Bedroom, One Bathroom Character Home. This Excellent Downtown Location Offers Easy Access To All Ladysmith Am...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

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.

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