New Townhome Developments in Nanaimo
With our mild climate, it's not surprising that we should see continued strong demand for new townhomes in Nanaimo. People want the lifestyle that comes with a little piece of outdoor space, but also the convenience of a low-maintenance property where the home's exterior elements are managed by the strata.
Townhouses are distinguished from other types of condos by the fact that they are usually side-by-side, rarely up-and-down. So you are less likely to have neighbours above or below your unit.
Below are all of the newer-build townhome listings in the Nanaimo district; after the listings, I have compiled new townhome developments that are in the planning phase or have already started construction.
Patio Homes: When we refer to "patio homes" in Nanaimo, we are usually talking about attached ranchers (single-storey townhomes) or main-level-entry townhomes with a walkout basement.
New Townhomes in Nanaimo
Upcoming New Construction Townhome Projects
Locals will recognize this large vacant property on Fourth St in Harewood, just a couple blocks from VIU. It was owned by the school board for decades, with a daycare and a karate studio operating out of a small schoolhouse before it was demolished in the 1990s. The property has sat vacant since, and is often the site of fires from homeless encampments. Now, there are plans to redevelop the property, as well as the 2-acre property next door (currently has a beautiful 1945 house and orchard) into a complex with 219 townhouse units, at least half of which will have 3+ bedrooms in order to accommodate the need for family dwellings.
The rendering below by Vancouver's Ciccozzi Architecture shows some of the concept.
If you'd like to be notified when these units become available (probably not until 2024), contact me!
Six Townhomes on Rutherford Rd
There is a rezoning application (RA000455) for 5378 Rutherford Rd, a property which currently has a 1980s rancher. If approved, the development will include six 2-storey townhomes, some of which may have ocean views. Each unit has a balcony and a garage. This is on the agenda for Council to discuss at their Aug 29, 2022 meeting.
If you'd like to be set up with email notifications about new developments, contact me!
The Southbend townhomes are already under construction and are expected to be completed in the final months of 2022. There are 47 units, all of them 3bed/4bath, and all of them are 3 storeys with an attached garage. Prices will begin at about $600,000 plus GST. The developer requires only a 10% deposit.
The location is at the upper southwest corner of Harewood, at the very top of Howard Ave and 9th St. The site is very close to the Parkway (about 60-100m away from it) but there is a thick band of forested parkland between the homes and the Parkway.
The location is great because it's mere blocks from a little mall that includes Quality Foods, a great beer store, and a Co-op gas station. There are also an elementary school and a secondary school just 1200m away from Southbend.
I've been told the following:
- There will be yard space for each unit
- The units have nice finishings (e.g., quartz counters in kitchens) with the end units being even more luxurious
- Some units will have distant ocean views
- The developer is an experienced, reputable outfit based in Campbell River (AkersPropertySolutions.ca)
The units are now available for purchase - contact me if you'd like more information including an extensive info package!
Lot A - Hospital Commons (1588 Boundary Crescent)
There is a small strip mall across the street from the hospital – this is Hospital Commons, formerly Beaufort Centre – you may know it as the location of the Windward Pub. There is an application to replace the building at the north end of the mall (it used to be a TD Canada Trust) with a five-storey condo building, with a commercial ground level. I'll be watching this one!
254 Adderly Rd (College Heights Townhomes)
This will be the first condo development at College Heights, and only the second condo development EVER west of the Parkway (excepting the 1990-built ones at Harwell Place near the Jingle Pot Pub).
The views are going to be phenomenal from these Westcoast-style rowhomes. The plan is for 14 buildings with a total of 79 units, all of which appear to have garages and multiple balconies.
Contact me if you'd like to get an update when this development is listed for sale.
Hansen Rd Development
There is a big new development in the works (development permit granted in July 2022) near Quarterway Elementary School (École Quarterway) near Bowen Road (see satellite image below). The first phase will see 15 buildings with a total of 49 units: 10 of the buildings will be two-storey, and the other five will be three-storey. Most of these townhomes will back onto the existing Millstone Creek townhome strata to the south. Each home includes a driveway and garage, 3 bedrooms, and a backyard patio.
The second phase, according to the drawings, will be a pair of 4-storey apartment buildings on the north side of the property. These will have a greenspace in the back, creating a buffer to the back of the existing Canada Post building on E Wellington Rd. Note, road access will be via Hansen Rd off East Wellington Rd. The satellite image below shows there will be access to Bowen Rd, but this appears to be pedestrian access only.
This project is still in its infancy (planning/approval stage) but contact me if you'd like me to notify you when there is new information.
3 Detached Townhouses on Cougar Ridge Plc
There is an application for 3 detached homes to be constructed on Cougar Ridge Place in North Nanaimo, close to Lost Lake Rd. They'll be 2535 sqft each, with 405 sqft garages. It appears they will have great ocean views. For more information, see development application DP001224 at the City of Nanaimo.
Note, these will probably not be available for purchase until sometime in 2023.
Kennedy St Live/Work Townhomes
Four townhomes (two of them detached) with live/work spaces are planned for 540 Kennedy St - currently there is a 1910-built home there). The location is between Albert and Hecate Streets (see location map below).
At the front of the complex there will be two detached townhomes, side by side, with a pedestrian lane between them. At the back will be a pair of townhomes attached like a duplex, with 10 parking spaces underneath. These two units may have ocean views, depending on construction of the Milton Station development behind them.
As of October 2021, this is still in the development permit application stage.
Want to be notified when there's more information available? Contact me!.
Menzies Ridge Townhomes
Located in the desirable Hawthorne neighbourhood near VIU, this development will include 7 buildings with a total of 22 townhome units (and a kids playground!). Completion is expected in autumn of 2023.
Here is a rendering (by Raymond de Beeld Architect Inc.) that was included in the development permit application:
Here is the location in relation to Buttertubs Marshs and other homes:
Want to be notified when there's more information available? Contact me!.
8 New Townhomes at 2202 Meredith
There is a proposal for 8 townhouses to be built at the site of 2202 Meredith Rd, kiddie-corner from the low-rise condos built at Meredith and Tulsa in the 2010s. Six of the units will be three-storey and will have garages, and the remaining two will be two-storey and with open parking. You can see renderings on the City website, here: https://www.nanaimo.ca/whatsbuilding/Files/DP001222/dp1222%20Plan_Rendering.pdf
Nelson Rd Multi-Family Development
A huge development has been proposed for Nelson Road, near the new roundabout on Turner Rd, behind Longwood Station:
The development may 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. As of July 2022 the Preliminary Layout Acceptance (PLA) appears to be in place.
Contact me if you want to be kept in the loop about this development.
Linley Valley Detached Townhomes
An application was submitted to the City in April 2021 for 13 townhouse units at 5768 Linley Valley Dr in North Nanaimo (not far from the roundabout on Rutherford Rd).
Most of these homes will be DETACHED, quite different from what we would normally call townhomes! But it's still a strata, and the common property will most likely include everything exterior to your living space (roofs/attics, windows, the tiny yards, driveways, etc.). This doesn't mean that your neighbours can use your yard and driveway, however - those will be designated for your exclusive use.
Below is a plan created by GUD Architecture & Planning. It appears that the back yard of most units will end at a rock face, helping with privacy. It also appears that each unit will have a single garage, and most will also have space for at least one car in the driveway.
Medea Way Townhomes
There are six 2-storey townhome units proposed for a currently-vacant lot at 558 Medea Way, just off Hecate Street near the old Chinatown site. These will take the form of 2 buildings with 3 units each. It appears that each unit will have an outdoor parking space. Four of the six units will be 2-bedroom, while the remaining two will be 1-bed +den. I am guessing the units will be about 940sqft each.
I would expect that these will be some of the most affordable NEW townhomes in Nanaimo, even though their location is on the cusp of the desirable Nob Hill neighbourhood of the Old City.
Contact me if you'd like to be notified when these are listed on MLS.
Lauren Mary Place Townhomes
This will be a 13-unit townhome development in the Departure Bay neighbourhood, close to the Edgewood strata development off Rock City Road. The topography slopes upward from the street, toward the south, meaning the homes will face northward toward the Linley Valley. It's not clear to me whether the homes will have ocean views.
Each home will have a garage on the lower floor, with two more floors above that. There will be three buildings (4-5 units in each), with one of those being on the west side, separated from the other two blocks by Mariposa Dr, and the other two blocks to the east will have a landscaped space between them, including "play areas" which may indicate that these will be a great choice for families.
This is all the information I have about this development at this time. If you'd like to be notified when there is more info, or pre-sales, just get in touch!
215 Sabiston St
(Partially completed as of summer 2022)
Five new townhome units approved for construction on little ol' Sabiston St in the South End.
It's possible that these will not be stratified and sold, but I will keep an eye out.
More info: 215 Sabiston St
507 Milton St
This is a townhouse development being built at the corner of Milton St and Albert St downtown - 507 Milton St
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