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

23 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

Stately Character Home In Nanaimo's Old City Qu...

Photo of Listing #467465

$699,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.21 Acres
  • 3,600 ft²

Single Family

461 Selby Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #467465

Stately Character Home In Nanaimo's Old City Quarter With Some Ocean Views, An Inviting Back Yard And A Flexible Zoning Of Dt8. With Over 3,000 Sq Foot Of Space This Home Is Sure To Impress With Its Modern Amenities & Updates While Maintaining The Stunning ...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Welcome To This Beautifully Restored Heritage H...

Photo of Listing #467396

$524,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.09 Acres
  • 2,706 ft²

Single Family

733 Nicol Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #467396

Welcome To This Beautifully Restored Heritage Home! Built Around 1912 This Classic Home Has Undergone An Extensive Renovation And Has Been Tastefully Decorated As Well! A Perfect Combination Of Heritage Architecture With A Modern Flare. The Level Entry Desi...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Charming 3 Bedroom, 1702sf Character Home With ...

Photo of Listing #467330

$649,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 1,702 ft²

Single Family

515 Stewart Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #467330

Charming 3 Bedroom, 1702sf Character Home With Extensive Updates, Beautiful Landscaping, And Newer Detached Shop. Recently Painted Wood Cladding, A Picturesque Fenced Back Yard With Rockeries, Interlocking Brick Patio, All Enjoying The Warmth Of A Sunny Sou...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Updated 3 Bd, 2 Ba 2349 Sqft. Character Ho...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #467298

$459,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,349 ft²

Single Family

9881 Cedar Street, Chemainus, BC

MLS® #467298

This Updated 3 Bd, 2 Ba 2349 Sqft. Character Home Is Located In The Lovely Town Of Chemainus. Main Level Living With A Cozy Living Room With Re-finished Original Fir Hardwood Floors And Coved Ceilings, A Bedroom, 4pc Ba, Master Bedroom And The Spacious Kitc...

RE/MAX of Duncan

This 4 Bdrm, 3 Bath Character Home Exudes Charm...

Photo of Listing #467271

$569,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.14 Acres
  • 1,705 ft²

Single Family

2962 Arbutus Street, Chemainus, BC

MLS® #467271

This 4 Bdrm, 3 Bath Character Home Exudes Charm Throughout. On The Main Level You'll Find A Beautiful,bright Bedroom, A Large Bathroom With Fully Updated Fixtures, A Kitchenette (or Rec Room Complete With Wet Bar) As Well As A Gorgeous Living Room, Formal D...

eXp Realty

Classic Character Home In One Of The More Prest...

Photo of Listing #467022

$599,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,856 ft²

Single Family

710 Arbutus Ave, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #467022

Classic Character Home In One Of The More Prestigious Areas Of Central Nanaimo. This Beautiful Home Has Been Fully Updated And Renovated. Featuring A Great New Kitchen With Recycle And Compost System, Roll Out Drawers And New Appliances. New Flooring, New B...

460 Realty Inc.

Charming Qualicum Rancher Plus A Guest Cottage ...

Photo of Listing #466832

$638,000 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.29 Acres
  • 1,759 ft²

Single Family

498 Country Club Drive, Qualicum Beach, BC

MLS® #466832

Charming Qualicum Rancher Plus A Guest Cottage Overlooking The 18th Hole At Eaglecrest Golf Course. Originally Part Of The Eaglecrest Farm This Property Is Filled With Charm & History. The Main Home Has 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Original Wood Floors & Rock Firepl...

RE/MAX Anchor Realty (QU)

Attention Developers And Investors!! This Beaut...

Photo of Listing #466774

$449,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.25 Acres
  • 906 ft²

Single Family

456 Milton Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #466774

Attention Developers And Investors!! This Beautiful Property Is Zoned For A Fourplex With The Potential For More Units. Sitting Near The Heart Of Downtown Nanaimo, This 1/4 Acre Lot Features Ally Access As Well As Parking On Milton Street. A Building On The...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Situated On A 12,000 Sq Foot Level Corner Lot W...

Photo of Listing #466117

$445,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.28 Acres
  • 800 ft²

Single Family

488 5th Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #466117

Situated On A 12,000 Sq Foot Level Corner Lot With Mature Fruit And Walnut Trees, This Old-timer Is Ready To Serve A New Owner. Zoning Allows For A Carriage Home And The City Is Open To Higher Density Use (with Rezoning). South Exposure Makes This A Light-f...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

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)

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

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #464578

$819,900 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 9% Photo of Listing #464322

$899,900 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 This Very Rare Mature Manicured Property Offers Complete Privacy With Beautiful Gardens And Large Trees And Is Located In A Central Location Within Walking Distance To Brooks Landing Shoppin...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

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

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #463758

$519,000 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...

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #463261

$399,000 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

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)

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

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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