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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! And of course, there are tons of beautiful old homes built a century ago.

Condos & Townhomes in the Old City

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 407, Nanaimo

$427,500

38 Front St 407, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 743 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 970688

Oakwyn Realty Ltd. (NA)

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104 Fifth St, Nanaimo

$569,900

104 Fifth St, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,097 SqFt 6,099 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 970716

Royal LePage-Comox Valley (CV)

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486 Pine St, Nanaimo

$574,900

486 Pine St, Nanaimo

4 Beds 1 Bath 1,688 SqFt 10,455 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 970702

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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10 Chapel St 504, Nanaimo

$749,000

10 Chapel St 504, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,162 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 969818

Oakwyn Realty Ltd. (NA)

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38 Front St 1101, Nanaimo

$925,000

38 Front St 1101, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,182 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 970286

eXp Realty

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973 Hecate St 4, Nanaimo

$439,000

973 Hecate St 4, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,334 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 969610

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

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38 Front St 1201, Nanaimo

$899,000

38 Front St 1201, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,179 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 970106

HOMELAB Real Estate Group

481 Milton St, Nanaimo

$719,000

481 Milton St, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 983 SqFt 4,792 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 970003

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty LD

91 Chapel St 109, Nanaimo

$380,000

91 Chapel St 109, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 645 SqFt 436 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 969700

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

119 Haliburton St 202, Nanaimo

$409,900

119 Haliburton St 202, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 740 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 969684

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

30 Cavan St 209, Nanaimo

$335,000

30 Cavan St 209, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 870 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 969392

eXp Realty

30 Cavan St 405, Nanaimo

$340,000

30 Cavan St 405, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 708 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 969394

eXp Realty

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, stained glass windows, complex rooflines, original wood siding, etc.

One of the highlights of the Old City is the Nob Hill neighbourhood. This is directly above the Victoria Crescent part of downtown (very close to everything) and is characterized by some of the largest character homes in Nanaimo, gathered around little old Nob Hill Park, a quiet place above the fracas, with a good playground and some views of the harbour.

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

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Old City Nanaimo boundary location map with landmarks

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