Downtown Nanaimo - also referred to as the Old City - is shaped like a half bowl. At the bottom of the bowl is the harbourfront, commercial district, and condos. Then there are about 18 city blocks of single family homes arranged on the slope of the bowl, overlooking downtown and the harbour.

It's a very convenient place to live, especially if you work downtown, or commute to Vancouver, or attend VIU, or don't want to pay for taxis back from events downtown.

You can see current listings below, or use this link to read more about the Old City below.

Old City Property Listings

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38 Front St 406, Nanaimo

$479,000

38 Front St 406, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 775 SqFt 49,659 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 911750

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

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229 Milton St, Nanaimo

$749,900

229 Milton St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,352 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 911620

RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Mac Real Estate Group

New
38 Front St Pl02, Nanaimo

$615,000

38 Front St Pl02, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,213 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 911602

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

New
481 Kennedy St 102, Nanaimo

$385,000

481 Kennedy St 102, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 788 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 911548

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Nanaimo)

New
38 Front St Th02, Nanaimo

$770,000

38 Front St Th02, Nanaimo

2 Beds 3 Baths 1,222 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 911550

Sotheby's International Realty Canada (Vic2)

New
154 Promenade Dr 303, Nanaimo

$599,000

154 Promenade Dr 303, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,130 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 911042

eXp Realty

104 Esplanade St Ph 402, Nanaimo

$699,000

104 Esplanade St Ph 402, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,430 SqFt 1,743 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 910809

Coldwell Banker Oceanside Real Estate

986 Campbell St, Nanaimo

$719,900

↓ $30,000

986 Campbell St, Nanaimo

4 Beds 1 Bath 2,100 SqFt 5,228 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 910422

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

N/A, Nanaimo

$299,900

N/A, Nanaimo

0 Beds 1 Bath 643 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 910768

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

560 Milton St, Nanaimo

$699,900

560 Milton St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,192 SqFt 5,228 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 910578

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

203 Prideaux St, Nanaimo

$559,000

203 Prideaux St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,162 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 910202

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

605 Comox Rd, Nanaimo

$625,000

605 Comox Rd, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 982 SqFt 3,921 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 910361

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Old City Real Estate Profile

First, let's clarify that the Old City referred to on this page is not to be confused with the much smaller "Old City Quarter" centered on Fitzwilliam Street. I'm referring to the "Old City" region defined by VIREB (real estate board) which is bordered by the Millstream in the north, down Pine St. to where Fifth St. meets Old Victoria, then up to Milton St., down Milton to the water, and back up to the Millstream Estuary. (See map below)

There are about 800 single-family homes in this area, the majority of which might be called "character homes" by virtue of the architectural details which survive from construction in the 1890s-1940s. These include solid old-growth timber construction, craftsman front porches with chunky pillars and wide steps, and stained glass windows.

Note: Even the most desirable neighbourhoods in the Old City can be just a block away from a less desirable area. I know the area well and would be happy to discuss it with you. Contact me.

Condos & Apartments in Downtown Nanaimo

Nearby Parks

Old City Nanaimo boundary location map with landmarks

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