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

39 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

Rare Opportunity To Own This Luxurious 1877 Sq ...

Photo of Listing #447223

$849,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,883 ft²

Condo/Strata

158 Promenade Drive 209, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #447223

Rare Opportunity To Own This Luxurious 1877 Sq Ft Waterfront Condo In Cameron Island. This Home Unique Boasting A Modern Open Floorplan Custom Designed By The Current Owners, The Perfect Layout For Entertaining! This 2 Bed & Den Unit Has Been Professionally...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Enjoy The Beautiful Ocean, Harbour, City, And M...

Photo of Listing #444468

$758,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,255 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street 502, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #444468

Enjoy The Beautiful Ocean, Harbour, City, And Mountain Views From Your Covered Patio. This 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom Bright Open Concept Condo Is Sure To Please. The Large Island For Four, Miele Appliances, Gas Cooktop, Laminate Floors, And Modern Finishings Thr...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

An Entertainers Oasis Offering Stunning Ocean V...

Photo of Listing #445725

$749,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,609 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 2201, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #445725

An Entertainers Oasis Offering Stunning Ocean Views From The Massive South Facing 1609 Sq.ft. Of Oceanfront Condo. Two Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms Plus Den In Nanaimo's Premier Condo Complex "the Beacon", A Landmark On Vancouver Island. Adjacent To The Harbours...

460 Realty Inc.

This Amazing Heritage Home In The Heart Of The ...

Photo of Listing #446896

$695,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.22 Acres
  • 2,805 ft²

Single Family

227 Kennedy Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #446896

This Amazing Heritage Home In The Heart Of The Old City Quarter Has Been Transformed! Updates Are Evident Throughout The Home Including Beautiful Refinished Fir Floors On The Main And Upstairs, Freshly Painted With Light Colours And Updated Kitchen & Bathro...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of N...

Photo of Listing #446473

$679,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 605, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #446473

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Historic Downtown. A True West Coast Lifestyle Property, This Home Features A Spectacular 500' Rooftop Patio With 360 Ocean & Mountain Views. Beautifully Appointed, The Elegant Master Suite Offers A Wa...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of N...

Photo of Listing #446468

$669,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 606, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #446468

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Historic Downtown. A True West Coast Lifestyle Property, This Home Features A Spectacular 500' Rooftop Patio With 360 Ocean & Mountain Views. Beautifully Appointed, The Elegant Master Suite Offers A Wa...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Located On The Top Floor This 1,430 Sf, 2 Bedro...

Photo of Listing #447091

$639,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,430 ft²

Condo/Strata

104 Esplanade Street 402, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #447091

Located On The Top Floor This 1,430 Sf, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Corner Unit Faces North-east Taking Advantage Of Both Park & Harbour Views. There Are No Age Restrictions & Rentals & 1 Dog Up To 26 Lbs Is Allowed. Sequoia's, Douglas Firs, Evergreen Oak, Copper Bee...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Experience Luxurious Living In This 1151 Sq Ft,...

Photo of Listing #448237

$624,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,151 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street 212, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #448237

Experience Luxurious Living In This 1151 Sq Ft, 2 Bdrm, 2 Bthrm Oceanfront Condo At Pacifica. Take In The Fresh Sea Air & Stunning Ocean Views Of The Inner Harbour, Islands & Coastal Mtns. Elegant Hardwood Flooring Flow Throughout. This Bright, Open Design ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner...

Photo of Listing #434564

$615,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,054 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th6, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434564

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner Harbour Is Waterfront Living At Its Finest. An Ideal Location For Those Who Want To Experience The Best Of What Nanaimo Has To Offer, Relish The Panoramic Harbour And City Views Form This Well-appointed Open-c...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner...

Photo of Listing #434567

$599,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,168 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th2, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434567

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner Harbour Is Waterfront Living At Its Finest. An Ideal Location For Those Who Want To Experience The Best Of What Nanaimo Has To Offer, Relish The Panoramic Harbour And City Views Form This Well-appointed Open-c...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner...

Photo of Listing #434561

$599,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,187 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th3, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434561

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner Harbour Is Waterfront Living At Its Finest. An Ideal Location For Those Who Want To Experience The Best Of What Nanaimo Has To Offer, Relish The Panoramic Harbour And City Views Form This Well-appointed Open-c...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner...

Photo of Listing #434557

$599,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,185 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th4, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #434557

This Luxury Townhome Located On Nanaimo's Inner Harbour Is Waterfront Living At Its Finest. An Ideal Location For Those Who Want To Experience The Best Of What Nanaimo Has To Offer, Relish The Panoramic Harbour And City Views Form This Well-appointed Open-c...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

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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