Nanaimo Real Estate: The Old City

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

28 Properties Found. Page 1 of 3

Nanaimo's Finest Penthouse In 4 Yr Old Building...

Photo of Listing #457163

$2,000,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,501 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street Ph4, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #457163

Nanaimo's Finest Penthouse In 4 Yr Old Building. Breath Taking Ocean & Mountain Views, Excellent Downtown Location Next To Historic Old Court House. Main Level Features Include 295 Sq Ft Covered Deck With Hookup For B.b.q., Plus Private Elevator To Your Pri...

RE/MAX Anchor Realty (QU)

Luxury Downtown Ocean View Penthouse With Expen...

Photo of Listing #463258

$998,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,340 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street Ph1, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463258

Luxury Downtown Ocean View Penthouse With Expensive Rooftop Terrace Through Private Elevator! This Is The Largest Unit In This 4 Year Old Building And Has The Best Privacy As It Is The End Unit On The Top Floor. 12 Ft Ceiling Throughout Takes In Views Of Th...

eXp Realty

Set On Nanaimo's Famous Waterfront, This 1710sf...

Photo of Listing #461687

$925,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,710 ft²

Condo/Strata

150 Promenade Drive 502, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461687

Set On Nanaimo's Famous Waterfront, This 1710sf, Two Bedroom Home Features A 1190sf Terrace With City And Ocean Views. Magnificent View Over The City To Mount Benson Is Complemented By A Newly Installed Ductless Heat Pump. The Beautiful Kitchen Has Tiled Ba...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Welcome To The Beacon At Cameron Island. If You...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #463559

$749,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,463 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 1605, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463559

Welcome To The Beacon At Cameron Island. If You Are Not Familiar With The Complex, This Is Arguably One Of The Most Sought After Sides Of The Building. With Views Spanning From Newcastle Channel All The Way To Gabriola Island. The Layout Provides Picturesqu...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Welcome Home To This Walk Onto The Oceanfront T...

Photo of Listing #461290

$749,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,394 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th5, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461290

Welcome Home To This Walk Onto The Oceanfront Townhome, In The Premiere Concrete And Steel Pacifica Building. Located In Downtown Nanaimo On The Active Harbourfront, An Amazing Lifestyle Awaits You Here With Direct Access To The Seawall, Float Planes, Resta...

One Percent Realty Ltd.

Spectacular Waterfront Residence. 1914 Sqft Plu...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #463446

$724,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,914 ft²

Condo/Strata

158 Promenade Drive 404, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463446

Spectacular Waterfront Residence. 1914 Sqft Plus Over 1000 Sq Ft Of Sheltered Decks For Year-round Outdoor Enjoyment With Excellent Vantage Points To Enjoy Ocean, Marina And City Views. An Irrigation System Has Been Installed Ensuring A Worry Free Watering ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Luxurious Cameron Island Condo With Gorgeous Oc...

Photo of Listing #464396

$589,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,164 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 1302, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464396

Luxurious Cameron Island Condo With Gorgeous Ocean Views In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Harbour. Floor To Ceiling Windows & Doors Fill The Entire Home With Natural Light, Ocean Breezes & Stunning Views From Sunrise To Sunset. This Spacious Home Has Been Updated ...

eXp Realty

Your Harbourfront Lifestyle Awaits With This Be...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #462941

$585,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,378 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 205, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462941

Your Harbourfront Lifestyle Awaits With This Beautifully Situated Oceanfront Condo In Cameron Island! The Beacon Is Mere Steps From The Ocean With Easy Access To The Popular Seawall, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Shopping, Ferries, Sea Planes & Other Amenities...

eXp Realty

Old City Character Don't Miss This Completely R...

Photo of Listing #464869

$499,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.13 Acres
  • 1,700 ft²

Single Family

130 Selby Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464869

Old City Character Don't Miss This Completely Renovated 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home With A Great Location In The Old City. New Kitchen And Baths, Inlaid Oak Hardwood And Fir Floors, New Vinyl-clad Windows. Fully Finished Basement With New Cabinets And Sink. New ...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Developer Alert, We Have All Architect Drawings...

Photo of Listing #464605

$499,900 Active

  • 0.2 Acres

Lots/Acreage

415 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #464605

Developer Alert, We Have All Architect Drawings, Mechanical And Civil Engineering Work, Landscape Architect And Is Ready For Dp. Designs Are For A 6 Unit Building Comprising Of Two 1600 Sq Ft 3 Bed /2 Bath Town Homes/ Two 1422 Sq Ft - 2 Bed 2 Bath Town Home...

460 Realty Inc.

1901 Ocean View Victorian Heritage(mcrae Reside...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #461883

$499,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 2,293 ft²

Single Family

98 Victoria Road, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461883

1901 Ocean View Victorian Heritage(mcrae Residence) Home Here Is A Rare Opportunity To Own This Victorian Heritage Home For Those Looking For A Unique Residence Loaded With Curb Appeal In Downtown Nanaimo With Carriage Home Potential. A Unique Location Situ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Updated Old City Home With Great Views Of Mount...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #461190

$499,900 Active

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.24 Acres
  • 2,074 ft²

Single Family

465 Machleary Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461190

Updated Old City Home With Great Views Of Mount Benson On A Big R13 Zoned Old City Duplex Lot. Upstairs(465a) Is Cozy With Two Bedrooms, A Living Room And An Open Concept Dining Room & Kitchen. There Is A Charming Mural In 2nd Bedroom While The Kitchen Has ...

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.

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Old City Nanaimo boundary location map with landmarks

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