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

23 Properties Found. Page 1 of 2

Nanaimo's Finest Penthouse In A 4 Yr Old Buildi...

Photo of Listing #818116

$2,000,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,501 ft²

Condo Apartment

10 Chapel St Ph4, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #818116

Nanaimo's Finest Penthouse In A 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 P...

RE/MAX Anchor Realty (QU)

This Is One Of The Only Waterfront Penthouses I...

Photo of Listing #854920

$1,680,000 Active

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

Condo Apartment

38 Front St 1802, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #854920

This Is One Of The Only Waterfront Penthouses In A Young Building 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! This Unit Boa...

eXp Realty

Luxurious Penthouse With Private Rooftop Patio ...

Photo of Listing #859253

$865,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,279 ft²

Condo Apartment

10 Chapel St Ph1, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #859253

Luxurious Penthouse With Private Rooftop Patio & Spectacular Ocean Views. Located In The Heart Of Nanaimo’s Downtown, This Home Enjoys Incredible Privacy And Views Across Newcastle Channel To Departure Bay. With 3 Bedrooms, Including A Gorgeous Master Suite...

eXp Realty

Ocean Front In The Prestigious Pacifica! This P...

Photo of Listing #862710

$769,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.03 Acres
  • 1,215 ft²

Condo Apartment

38 Front St 502, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #862710

Ocean Front In The Prestigious Pacifica! This Premium 2 Bed, 2 Bath Corner Suite Features 1215 Sqft Of Open Concept Living With Floor To Ceiling Window & Full Width Partially Covered Decks Designed To Capture Stunning Views Of The Channel And Newcastle, Pro...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Here Is A Great Opportunity To Own A Rare Histo...

Photo of Listing #862468

$739,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 7 Baths
  • 0.15 Acres
  • 2,466 ft²

Other

522 Hecate St, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #862468

Here Is A Great Opportunity To Own A Rare Historical Building In Downtown Nanaimo. Built In 1891, This Original 6-plex Offers Incredible Rental Income. The Main Floor Houses 3 Units, Two Bachelor Suites & The 3rd Is A Spacious 1 Bedroom. Upstairs You Will F...

460 Realty Inc.

Perched Above The Interactive Inner Harbour Is ...

Photo of Listing #862713

$699,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.03 Acres
  • 1,198 ft²

Condo Apartment

38 Front St 610, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #862713

Perched Above The Interactive Inner Harbour Is Pacifica, Nanaimo's Premium Waterfront Development. Every Amenity Is Accessible Within Walking Distance Including Professional Services, Grocery Stores, Banks, Restaurants & More. Access Downtown Vancouver With...

eXp Realty

Heartbeat Of Downtown Nanaimo - Picture Living ...

Photo of Listing #861576

$695,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,286 ft²

Condo Apartment

10 Chapel St 301, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #861576

Heartbeat Of Downtown Nanaimo - Picture Living Your Best Life And Enjoying The Luxury And Ocean-view You've Always Dreamed Of In This 1286 Sq/ft Shangri-la. This End Unit Condo Was Built In 2015 With An Open Concept, 10ft Ceiling, Chefs Kitchen With High-en...

eXp Realty

Luxury Penthouse With A 500 Sq.ft. Rooftop Pati...

NEW Photo of Listing #862937

$659,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo Apartment

91 Chapel St 606, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #862937

Luxury Penthouse With A 500 Sq.ft. Rooftop Patio And 360° Views In The Sought-after 91 Chapel Project. 10' Ceilings & 16' Fully-retractable Floor To Ceiling Glass Doors Span The Length Of The Living Room, Filling This Spectacular Home With Light. A Beautifu...

eXp Realty

This Updated Cameron Island Unit Features Fanta...

NEW Photo of Listing #862980

$650,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,419 ft²

Condo Apartment

154 Promenade Dr 1005, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #862980

This Updated Cameron Island Unit Features Fantastic Ocean Views Stretching Across Newcastle Channel, The Boat Basin, Protection Island And Gabriola Island. Enjoy The Views Through Floor To Ceiling Windows And From The Spacious Covered Deck. The Kitchen Offe...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

There Is Nothing Quite Like Waterfront Living A...

Photo of Listing #860381

$645,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,146 ft²

Row/Townhouse

38 Front St Th02, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #860381

There Is Nothing Quite Like Waterfront Living At Pacifica! Take In The Tranquil Ocean Views Through The Floor To Ceiling Windows Throughout This Townhome. As You Move Through The Space, The Large Windows Make For A Bright And Serene 2 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Ho...

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

This Character Home Offers 6 Bedrooms Plus A D...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #859461

$629,000 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.1 Acres
  • 2,852 ft²

Single Family Detached

235 Pine St, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #859461

This Character Home Offers 6 Bedrooms Plus A Den And 3 Bathrooms. This Home Is Located In Downtown Nanaimo. The Main Level Features A Bright And Spacious Living And Dining Room. The Kitchen Has Been Updated With New Cupboards And Granite Counter Tops The ...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Pet Friendly Alert! Nestled Away In The Gabriol...

Photo of Listing #862226

$524,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,080 ft²

Condo Apartment

158 Promenade Dr 303, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #862226

Pet Friendly Alert! Nestled Away In The Gabriola Building On The Infamous Cameron Island Resort-like Complex, You Will Find This Stunning 1079sqft, 2 Bed, 2 Bath Condo With A Master Ensuite And Walk Through Closet! A Brand New Renovation Is Complete With A ...

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, 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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