New Condo Developments in Nanaimo

Apartment style condo developments are sprouting up all over Nanaimo, generally wherever there are commercial/transport services, and near the university. See below for the NEW condo listings in Nanaimo's MLS, followed by a list of new apartment-style developments (skip to developments) that are in the planning phase or have already started construction.

If you have questions about any developments or if you'd like me to keep you notified of something, please contact me.


Newest Condo Units in Nanaimo (built 2021 or later)


Upcoming New Construction Condo Projects

Seaglass

These 17 units will be divided between 2 low-rise buildings; the lower one is near the Yacht Club, and directly across the road from the waterfront Queen Elizabeth II Promenade, which connects to downtown. The upper building fronts onto Stewart Ave, and will sit a little higher.

The pre-sale offering of these units has begun (June 24, 2024) and you can see the listings on MLS with addresses at 360 Stewart Ave and 345 Newcastle Ave. Prices range as follows:

  • Stewart Ave building: $435,000-$875,000
  • Newcastle Ave building: 2x$900s units, 3x$2.4M-$2.8Ms units

I'm happy to send you information about this project, and to help you interpret the builder's disclosure statement.

Contact me

Location of upcoming Seaglass low rise condos on Stewart Ave and Newcastle Ave in Nanaimo BC


10 Condo Proposals in Nanaimo in spring of 2023

Townsite Area:
582 Bradley St (3-storey building with five 2-bed condo units) - Development permit issued July2023
591 Bradley St (5-storey building with 55 condo units) - Development permit issued Nov2023
404 & 406 Millstone Avenue (3 fourplexes, side-by-side) - Development permit issued Feb2024

Aerial image showing locations of 3 proposed condo developments in Central Nanaimo's Townsite area

Harewood:
488 and 492 Fifth Street - (4-storey condo with about 24 units) - The City approved the request to rezone this property as COR1 in order to permit the development. As of June 2024 the neighbouring properties have changed to COR1 to work with provincial rezoning mandates. It's not clear to me whether this particular lo-rise is going ahead because I don't see a development permit application.

Aerial image showing location of proposed condos on Fifth St in South Nanaimo

South End:
13/17/21 Haliburton Street (Lumina - see Harbourview) - (5-storey plus underground parking) - Under construction, units for sale
223 Victoria Rd - (4-storey with a live/work unit plus 3 residential units) - Development permit issued Jan2023
225 & 233 Nicol St - (4-storey plus underground, mixed-use with 10 residential units) - Development permit issued May2023

Aerial image showing proposed locations of condo developments in Nanaimo's South End

Diver Lake:
2453 Labieux Road - (6 three-storey apartment buildings) - The rezoning application appears to have passed and a development permit will be next(?)
3789 / 3801 Shenton Road (a 5-storey and a 3-storey building right on Diver Lake's shore) - Currently under construction (June 2024)

Aerial image showing locations of 2 proposed condo developments in Nanaimo's Diver Lake area

North Nanaimo:
6340 Mcrobb - (two 6-storey buildings with 266 units) - DPApplication Status: Active

Aerial image showing location of proposed condo development at 6340 McRobb Ave, North Nanaimo


Nelson Rd Multi-Family Development

A huge development has been APPROVED for Nelson Road, near the new roundabout on Turner Rd, behind Longwood Station. However, although I have heard it will move forward, the first phase is likely to produce only purpose-built rentals. A phase with townhomes may include stratified units for sale.

Satellite image map showing location of proposed Nelson Rd multi-family development in North Nanaimo

The development should look something like what is shown below (this is a rendering by dHKArchitects for the developer) - it appears there will be about 23 townhome units, as well as two large 6-7 storey apartment buildings. 

Contact me if you want to be kept in the loop about this development.

Rendering of proposed Nelson Rd, Nanaimo apartments


Millstone Riverfront (Howard Johnson site)

This large multi-use development involving a hotel, commercial spaces and tons of strata homes was approved by the City and they even moved to rezone the property in order to approve the development. However, in July 2023 the Snuneymuxw First Nation pointed out this is a known village site that was specifically enshrined in the early treaties concerning the lands in Nanaimo. The province also stepped in, and things are currently on hold as of 2024. 

Unfortunately, the site is a major eyesore and has been for many years. I am hoping an agreement may be struck: either for development to continue in a way that makes the stakeholders happy, or for the site to be cleared and turned into something that at least looks good from the highway (park!).

The vision in the current application includes a 16-storey hotel, a park, commercial and retail space, and 698 residential condo/townhome units. The rendering below by Victoria's D'AMBROSIO architecture + urbanism shows the concept in place. This would modernize Nanaimo's skyline and produce a lot of much-needed housing inventory close to the downtown core.

Rendering of Millstone Riverfront development by D’Ambrosio Architecture and Urbanism


501 Prideaux

A development application was approved in early 2023 for a 3-storey condo building with 24 units. The location is the corner of Albert and Prideaux Streets (Old City), where there has been a vacant lot for as long as I can remember, with various U-Haul trailers among other stored equipment.

I'm optimistic about seeing more density in that area, and more shoppers for the "Superette" bodega across the tracks!

Contact me if you want to receive updates about this or any other development.

showing location of 501 Prideaux St development site


Bowen Road Corridor - 3 Upcoming Condo Developments

2103 Bowen Road, 1641 Bowen Rd, 2126 Meredith Rd

Here are THREE proposed apartment projects from different developers; all three were submitted to the City in 2021. The locations are shown in the image below, all within the rapidly-developing CENTRAL urban corridor taking shape along Bowen Rd.

For 2103 Bowen Rd (development application APPROVED Mar2023), the vision is for a 41-unit building by Victoria's Camargue Properties. This is the corner of Bowen Rd and Meredith Rd. There will be 39 parking spaces for a 41-unit building, with plans for smaller street parking stalls to accommodate the need.

At 2126 Meredith Rd, there was an application (was approved, has expired) for a 4-storey, 21-unit apartment building with a parking garage. This is right beside the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Meredith near Bowen Rd.
The property/plans were listed for sale in 2023.

The 1641 Bowen Rd project (development approved July 2023) is a five-storey wood-framed building with roof-top patio and covered parkade. There will be 21 units and 27 parking spaces, plus 12 long term bike storage units. The location is right beside the Chevron, across from École Quarterway elementary school.

I don't have any other information about these projects at this time, but I'll be watching them closely! Contact me if you'd like to get an email from me when there are updates.

Satellite image showing locations of 3 proposed apartment buildings along Central Nanaimo's Bowen Rd corridor


The Village on Third - context mapThe Village on Third

A big 4-acre mixed-use development for students, 2 blocks from VIU.

Currently under construction with some pre-sales available!

See more info and listings: The Village on Third


Mint condos Nanaimo - concept drawingMint Condominiums

6340 McRobb Ave, North Nanaimo

This North Nanaimo project is just southwest of the Texada condo building between Uplands Drive and Costco - close to the Simonholt restaurant.

The first phase is a six-storey building whose units mostly sold out around March of 2022; as of summer 2024 the building is under construction, and some units are still available for pre-purchase. Completion is expected in late 2025.

This first phase has 66 units between 496-1120 square feet in size. There will be studio apartments, 1-bed, 2-bed, 2-bed +den, and 3-bed units. Some units will have two bathrooms. Pets allowed (unless the new strata decides otherwise). There is secure underground parking, bike and storage lockers. and many of the condos will have ocean and/or mountain views.

Phase 2 is still in the application process (Aug/'23 - see 6340 McRobb above) and will probably involve a pair of buildings similar to the one in phase 1. It is about two years behind the phase 1 portion.


Windermere at Longwood

Aerial image showing approx location of proposed Windermere buildings at Longwood, NanaimoLongwood is a popular "senior-friendly lifestyle" community in North Nanaimo, with 6 large condo buildings currently wrapping around a well-tended landscape of large ponds and perennial gardens. This was mostly built 20 years ago, but there has always been a vacant space at the southwest corner (nearest to the Origin at Longwood assisted living facility).

In May 2023 the City approved the development permit. The address will be 4775 Uplands Dr and there will be two 4-storey buildings with 96 dwelling units total.

Like the existing grounds at Longwood, Windermere will feature an outdoor area characterized by stone walkways, rain gardens, dry creek swales, attractive lighting and large planters, etc.

The strata at Longwood allows 1 dog up to 10kg when fully grown. There are many common facilities here. I imagine this will also be true for the Windermere buildings.


The Station

North Vancouver developer Parkshore has had success with their Outlook project on Haliburton Street (that project completed in early 2021) and they sold out their Prospect development (currently under construction) and the Lumina building which is nearby the first two. In early 2022 they announced The Station which will be NORTH of downtown Nanaimo (location details below). The development permit application (DP001252) was approved by the City.

UPDATE: This development sold out immediately in mid/late February 2022. ($179,900-$525,900 +GST). Contact me if you have any questions about this or any other development.

The location is just north of the Port-o-Call Hotel at the corner of Townsite and the Island Highway. The building will have 6 storeys including 69 units ranging from 311 sqft micro-studios, to studios, and 1-2 bedroom units with ocean views.

All units come with a parking space and full appliance package. Completion was expected in fall of 2024 but now (as of June 2024) they haven't even demolished all of the old homes on the site.


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