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

22 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

Best Waterfront Penthouses In Downtown Nanaimo....

Photo of Listing #870459

$2,000,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.02 Acres
  • 1,075 ft²

Condo Apartment

38 Front St 1802, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #870459

Best Waterfront Penthouses In Downtown Nanaimo. On This 18th Floor, You See The Ocean From The East, The Islands From The South, And The City Light And The Mountain From The West. This View Is Unbeatable! Enjoy The 270 Degree View From The 24*10 Private Dec...

eXp Realty

Nanaimo's Finest Penthouse In A 6 Yr Old Buildi...

Photo of Listing #818116

$2,000,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,249 ft²

Condo Apartment

10 Chapel St Ph4, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #818116

Nanaimo's Finest Penthouse In A 6 Yr Old Building. Breath Taking Ocean & Mountain Views, Excellent Downtown Location Next To Historic Old Court House. Main Level Has 1249 Sq Ft Of Inside Living & Outdoors Is A 295 Sq Ft Covered Deck With Hookup For B.b.q., ...

RE/MAX Anchor Realty (QU)

Penthouse Living At Its Best. Enjoy Breathtakin...

Photo of Listing #876970

$999,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,156 ft²

Condo Apartment

38 Front St 1803, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #876970

Penthouse Living At Its Best. Enjoy Breathtaking Ocean/mountain Views From This Well-appointed Penthouse Oceanfront Condo. This 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Unit Enjoys Panoramic Views And Lofty 10foot Ceilings Throughout. Featuring A Large Ocean Facing Balcony Wit...

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

Penthouse Top Floor End Unit Condo With 1340 Sq...

Photo of Listing #881825

$879,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,340 ft²

Condo Apartment

10 Chapel St Ph1, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #881825

Penthouse Top Floor End Unit Condo With 1340 Sq Ft 3 Bed, 2 Bath In Downtown Nanaimo! Take Your Exclusive Elevator To Your Private 1222 Sq Ft Rooftop Deck Providing Exceptional Ocean And Mountain Views. 12 Ft Ceilings Throughout, With Breathtaking Scenery...

Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island North

Ideally Situated Just Steps To Nanaimo’s Inner ...

Photo of Listing #877682

$858,800 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.03 Acres
  • 1,192 ft²

Condo Apartment

10 Chapel St 503, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #877682

Ideally Situated Just Steps To Nanaimo’s Inner Harbour, Aqua Residences Offers A Luxurious Active Lifestyle In A Highly Walkable And Central Location. Enjoy A Nice Glass Of Wine On Your 374sqft Covered Patio While Taking In Expansive Ocean And Mountain View...

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

Breathtaking Ocean Views From All Rooms! Nanaim...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #870706

$829,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,188 ft²

Condo Apartment

38 Front St 801, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #870706

Breathtaking Ocean Views From All Rooms! Nanaimo's Premier Waterfront Residences, Pacifica Waterfront Condominium! Enjoy Penthouse Like Living. This Is Unit 801 Which Is 13 Floors Above The Waterfront Promenade. This Unit Offers An Extra Large Balcony/ter...

460 Realty Inc.

Updated Ground Floor Walk On Waterfront Townhom...

Photo of Listing #880281

$779,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,272 ft²

Row/Townhouse

38 Front St Th10, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #880281

Updated Ground Floor Walk On Waterfront Townhome This Rentable Air-conditioned Seaside Townhome Is In One Of The Best Developments In The City Of Nanaimo. Located On The Waterfront Promenade In The “pacifica”, This Concrete Townhome Project Has On-site Ca...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Great Opportunity To Build Equity In A Terrific...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #879130

$525,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.24 Acres
  • 864 ft²

Single Family Detached

260 Pine St, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #879130

Great Opportunity To Build Equity In A Terrific Old City Location. This Property Has Wood Flooring, 2 Beds With 1 Bath, And An Unfinished Basement For All Your Ideas To Add Extra Space. The Backyard Has Tons Of Potential For Gardens, Or Possibly A Shop Or...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Welcome To Likely The Cutest Street With The Mo...

Photo of Listing #878529

$499,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.06 Acres
  • 1,022 ft²

Single Family Detached

520 Kennedy St, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #878529

Welcome To Likely The Cutest Street With The Most Charm In Old City Nanaimo. What A Great Location; Walk Or Bike To Great Parks, Dining And Entertainment. Don’t Miss This Super Funky Retro Miner’s Cottage! Inside You Will Find A Welcoming Bright Open Concep...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Located In Nanaimo’s Newest Urban Community, Ha...

Photo of Listing #876926

$489,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 866 ft²

Condo Apartment

119 Haliburton St 407, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #876926

Located In Nanaimo’s Newest Urban Community, Harbourview District, Outlook Offers Island Living At Its Finest. A Short Walk To The Heart Of Downtown, This Two-bedroom, Two-bathroom Condo Enjoys A Spacious Deck With Stunning Mountain And City Views Plus All ...

eXp Realty

Enjoy Urban Living In One Of Largest Units In T...

Photo of Listing #882105

$469,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 975 ft²

Condo Apartment

555 Franklyn St 202, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #882105

Enjoy Urban Living In One Of Largest Units In The Sought After Vivo Building. Comprised Of Steel, Glass, And Concrete, This Well Built And Modern Looking Complex Is Designed In A European Style With A Center Courtyard. Everything You Need Is Right At Your...

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

Investor Alert... Great Location With Great Ten...

Photo of Listing #879385

$459,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.11 Acres
  • 1,020 ft²

Single Family Detached

632 Milton St, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #879385

Investor Alert... Great Location With Great Tenants. As This Area Is Gentrifying, The Possibility Of Capital Appreciation Increases. The Tenants Have Been Here For Over Ten Years, Never Missed A Payment And Took Care Of The Property. A Secure Income Flow Is...

Pemberton Holmes Ltd. (Ldy)

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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