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

22 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

Cozy 3 Bedroom Character House With Ocean And M...

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

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 1200 Sq Ft With Hardwood Flooring Throughout And No Shortage Of Natural Light! There Ar...

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)

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

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)

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

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

$375,000 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

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

Beautiful 76 Acre Farm Property With 2 Homes Lo...

REDUCED 14% Photo of Listing #459331

$1,250,000 Active

  • 8 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 78 Acres
  • 4,100 ft²

Single Family

6725 Howard Road, Black Creek, BC

MLS® #459331

Beautiful 76 Acre Farm Property With 2 Homes Located In Central Merville. The Original Character Farmhouse Has Been Upgraded Throughout Including A Heat Pump System, New Thermal Windows, Flooring, Newer Kitchen And A Wonderful Patio. Additional Features Inc...

RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty (Crtny)

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

Outstanding Opportunity, 0.70 Acre Property (su...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #454350

$534,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.71 Acres
  • 2,136 ft²

Single Family

1615 Venlaw Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #454350

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 Firepla...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

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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