Nanaimo's New Home Subdivisions
See the new detached homes in Nanaimo's MLS below, followed by a list of upcoming developments and subdivisions in the Nanaimo area (skip to developments)
New Homes and Lots in Nanaimo
There are some new home developments that LOOK like a traditional "freehold" subdivision but are technically a strata.
Bare land strata: In these subdivisions, you DO OWN your lot and house 100%, but you also own and maintain a share of the infrastructure (sewer pipes, streetlights, roads). A bare land strata will also have bylaws (not usually onerous) and there will be low strata fees.
Building strata: A collection of detached homes can be set up as a building strata, which usually means the exteriors/roofs are common property, and their maintenance is a shared responsibility. Expect higher strata fees.
Upcoming Subdivision Projects around Nanaimo
4 & 8 Leam Rd, Diver Lake Area
This location is just west of Bowen Rd, across from the playground at Beban Park. These 13 freehold(?) lots will surround a cul-de-sac. The lots will range from about 5145-6950 sqft each. These were approved in June 2022 and will soon be ready for sale.
If you'd like to be kept in the loop, just leave me a message.
2186 Jingle Pot Rd
There's an application for redevelopment of this 4-acre property as a little cul-de-sac area with 13 new lots. This is very near to the location of the Jingle Pot mine from the first decades of the 20th century (a geo-technical assessment is likely a part of the re-development application process). This will be a very convenient location, and probably surrounded on all sides by trees. However, noise from the Parkway will certainly be a factor.
(1045 Harewood Mines Rd)
This 10-acre property at 1045 Harewood Mines Rd has been under development for a few years; Tycott Contracting is building 23 single-family homes and 7 full duplexes; as of September 2023 there are several stately homes built/sold and construction is ongoing, including the pending offering of a 2,642 sqft home (lot 27) on an 8016 sqft lot.
The plan includes dedicated park space beginning at the lower end of the property where there is a wetland, and extending up the ravine beyond the marsh to a flat forested area overlooking it all.
The location is on the way to "The Abyss", less than 1km south of Colliery Dams Park — accessible from the top of 7th St above John Barsby School.
Addresses are on "Trailside Way" and "Fern Ridge Place".
If you'd like to be notified of any updates, contact me!
Hawthorne Estates (second buildout)
In the mid-2000s there was an initial phase of homes built near Buttertubs Marsh in the University District. Almost twenty years later, Hawthorne is still recognized as a very desirable neighbourhood. About half of the land was left undeveloped until recently.
This newer phase appears to be characterized by larger homes than the first phase, with more secondary suites. And while the first phase was characterized by a lot of tree-planting (and those trees have matured very well), such trees are noticeably missing in this newer phase. However, there are great mountain views, and the homes are looking good.
If you would like more information about Hawthorne, I'm happy to help. Contact me.
This is a new street built high on the hill above Hammond Bay, looking north past Neck Point Park to the wide ocean gulf. Some houses have already been built and have sold in the $1.5M+ range, with more coming online this summer (2022). Bare lots are also still available for purchase.
The lots are in the 7000-9000 sqft range, and are arranged so that the ocean-side homes can have walkout basements facing the ocean, and the lots on the other side of the road can sit high enough to look over their neighbours' roofs.
If you would like more information about this opportunity, I'm happy to help. Contact me.
Golden Oaks Crescent
This is a new subdivision just off Hammond Bay Road, a few blocks south of Pipers Lagoon. The lots and pre-sale homes were listed as early as 2018, with development continuing to this day (summer 2022).
When the first homes were built in early 2020, some 3-bedroom houses were selling for as little as $500k; whereas since July 2021, all detached homes on Golden Oaks have sold for more than $1M (one exception sold for $998k). It's considered a prestigious area, with some very nice custom homes, many with high-end suites. The location is ideal for anyone who appreciates the ocean parks (Pipers) and the trail systems in Linley Valley!
Panorama Villas - 1217 Manzanita Place
These are detached strata homes, which means that they look and feel like a "regular" single family home, but the ownership works a little differently. I'm not sure how this particular strata will work, but I suspect that the exteriors of the buildings are common property in the sense that their maintenance is shared.
This ocean view development is perched on a ridge in the upper area of Rock City Road in the prestigious Departure Bay neighbourhood of Nanaimo. The homes are 2-3 storeys and range from about 1800-2200 sqft with double garages.
As of summer 2022 there are three of these units listed for sale. If you have questions or would like to tour them, please contact me.
Harbour View St and Hogler Cres
This small subdivision overlooks the harbour from a prominence at Nanaimo's South End, between the highway and Old Victoria Rd - near Alice's Restaurant. (This was the site of the historic Hunt Estate that burned down in the 2000s, and there was also a convent on the property, its foundations still visible before this subdivision was cleared).
I haven't seen a name for this development, but the lots are on two streets: Harbour View Street and Hogler Crescent. Many/all of the lots were listed as vacant land in mid-2021, and the first homes started to be listed in May 2022. As of May 2023 there are several homes built and a few more under construction. A handful of them are listed for sale on MLS - you may see them near the top of this page.
The Island Highway (Nicol St) is visible at the lower-right in this photo.
8th St Extension
Until recently, 8th St ended at Howard Ave. But now (Oct 2021), the forest on the other side of Howard Ave is cleared and the streets are in place for a new subdivision. This is a high point overlooking Harewood as you can see below; many of these homes will have great views!
This location is very close to John Barsby Secondary School as well as to the new Quality Foods at Bruce Ave (both are visible below).
As of May 2022, some of the homes are already being built and listed for sale. See current listings here: "Upper Harewood" new homes.
857 Old Victoria Rd - Bare Land Subdivision
This is a bare land strata subdivision with no building scheme (no specific rules about consistency in the houses' designs, etc.). All of the 20 lots were listed and sold out in late 2020. As I write in August 2022, I am unsure whether houses are under construction, yet.
The location is along Old Victoria Rd in the South End, just past 7th St and the recycling centre. There are 20 lots averaging about 5550 sqft each, lined up with their backs to the E&N Railway. (The railway is barely used for rail anymore, and is expected to be repurposed as a recreational trailway at some point - but this is not guaranteed.)
As you can see in the satellite image below, in which I have exaggerated the topography, these lots will be near to the cliffs that run along the side of the road. The wetland below those cliffs will be reserved as dedicated parkland, which makes me wonder: Will a trail be built along the base of those cliffs? I sure hope so!
Let me know if you'd like to be notified when the finished houses are listed for sale!
Williamson Rd Subdivision
This 5 acre hillside property is between Hammond Bay Rd and the ocean, close to Piper's Pub and Fillinger Crescent. There are plans for a 20-lot subdivision; these homes will have sweeping south-facing views, looking across to the steep slopes above Lost Lake and Linley Valley. There is no additional information at this time!
(Sunview Rd addresses)
(This development is fully sold out as of early 2022) This is a great piece of land sloping south with panoramic mountain views, in an extremely central location just south of Long Lake (see image for rough location). There are about 25 lots, many with detached duplexes (2 detached homes sharing a stratified lot, not much different from a "regular" home on its own lot). This allows for the greatest density while still giving every resident their own house and a bit of yard.
The land was cleared in 2019 and construction began in 2020. Five bare lots were sold through MLS in mid-2020 and (as of March 2021) three detached half-duplexes and a detached house were also sold, with more homes being listed for sale with addresses on the newly registered "Sunview Rd". (Now sold out)
New Freehold Homes in Central Nanaimo
This development is VERY central, being close to the Northfield exit off the Nanaimo Parkway. The neighbourhood is sloped and enjoys some big mountain views.
The first phase of Arbor Park is called Perch, its homes built with a continuity of craftsman designs (reminiscent of the Hawthorne neighbourhood in the University District). The Perch phase sold out in late 2020, and the next phase might break ground in 2022.
Ridgeline of Cottle Place
These 24 units (duplexes, triplexes and single family homes) will be built on top of a ridge near Pipers Lagoon and Stephenson Point, near the border of Departure Bay and Hammond Bay. The ocean and island views will be spectacular.
I don't know anything about a timeline at this point - an application was made to the city in 2018 and approved, and then it was renewed in 2020.
I'll be keeping an eye on this development. If you'd like me to keep you updated, please contact me!
(I think this one is fully built-out as of early 2022) Sixteen new high-end homes overlooking a high bank oceanfront near Pipers Lagoon and Departure Bay. Home construction started around 2018 and continues today (February 2021). Addresses will be on Planta Rd, Tom Harris Dr, and Bonnie Dr.
Build your new home with the best outlook available. These bare land strata lots above Lantzville and Pleasant Valley offer luxurious views of the Salish Sea, North Nanaimo, Mount Benson, the BC Coastal Mountain range, the Winchelsea Islands, Nanoose Bay, Brannen Lake and Green Lake, and Rutherford Ridge.
Read more about The Foothills.
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