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 403, Nanaimo

$479,000

38 Front St 403, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 933 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 903339

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

New
654 Farquhar St, Nanaimo

$549,000

654 Farquhar St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,270 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 902460

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

New
38 Front St Cy01, Nanaimo

$599,900

38 Front St Cy01, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,160 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 903173

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

New
398/350 Franklyn St, Nanaimo

$1,600,000

398/350 Franklyn St, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 18,731 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 902556

Sutton Group West Coast Realty

New
99 Chapel St 410, Nanaimo

$414,900

99 Chapel St 410, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 619 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 903251

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

New
555 Franklyn St 115, Nanaimo

$379,900

555 Franklyn St 115, Nanaimo

1 Bed 2 Baths 863 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 903095

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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38 Front St 1504, Nanaimo

$1,150,000

38 Front St 1504, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,203 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 902814

eXp Realty

645 Selby St 103, Nanaimo

$284,900

645 Selby St 103, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 774 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 902679

eXp Realty

120 Victoria Rd, Nanaimo

$689,900

120 Victoria Rd, Nanaimo

6 Beds 3 Baths 2,214 SqFt 9,148 SqFt Lot Triplex MLS® # 902316

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

433 Kennedy St, Nanaimo

$815,000

433 Kennedy St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,633 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 902494

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

38 Front St 406, Nanaimo

$499,000

38 Front St 406, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 775 SqFt 49,659 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 902436

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

328 Kennedy St Lt11&12, Nanaimo

$995,000

328 Kennedy St Lt11&12, Nanaimo

0 Beds 1 Bath 1,758 SqFt 13,940 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 900869

Macdonald Realty Victoria

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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