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

42 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

Downtown Nanaimo Penthouse Suite With Private L...

Photo of Listing #452244

$1,089,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,250 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street Ph2, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #452244

Downtown Nanaimo Penthouse Suite With Private Lift To Your Own Private 1,350 Sq. Ft. Rooftop Deck! Located In The Heart Of The City Is Where You Will Find This Fantastic Penthouse Unit With Expansive Views Of The Mountains, City, Waterfront, Active Harbour ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Waterfront 2 Bed + Den "garden Patio" Suite In ...

Photo of Listing #452320

$950,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,914 ft²

Condo/Strata

158 Promenade Drive 404, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #452320

Waterfront 2 Bed + Den "garden Patio" Suite In Central Vancouver Islands Most Prestigious Condominium, Enjoy Front Row Seats To Spectacular Sunrises & Ocean Scenery From Every Window With Panoramic Views Over Gabriola & Protection Island.perched High Above ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Luxury Waterfront Living In The Highly Sought A...

Photo of Listing #451444

$849,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,883 ft²

Condo/Strata

158 Promenade Drive 309, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #451444

Luxury Waterfront Living In The Highly Sought After "gabriola" Building Of Cameron Island! This 2 Bed, 2 Bathroom Condo Features Over 1800 Sq.ft. Of Beautiful Living Space & An Ocean View From Almost Every Window! The Large Kitchen Has Been Tastefully Updat...

eXp Realty

On The Waterfront At Cameron Island, Downtown N...

Photo of Listing #449124

$775,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,744 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 2302, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #449124

On The Waterfront At Cameron Island, Downtown Nanaimo. This Suite Is Very Unique, In That It Boast 3 Separate Sun Decks, One Facing East, One Facing South, & One Facing West, It Has 2 Bedrooms + Den & 2 Baths. 20 Minutes By Float Plane From Vancouver. I Can...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Spectacular Panoramic Mountain & Ocean Views! H...

REDUCED 7% Photo of Listing #451890

$759,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,275 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street 501, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #451890

Spectacular Panoramic Mountain & Ocean Views! Here's Your Chance To Own One Of The Best Units In Aqua Residences, Downtown Nanaimo's Newest Luxury Condo Development. Highlights Include A Large Partially Covered Deck Offering Expansive Active Views Over Newc...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

This Unique Luxury Ocean Front Condo With Spect...

Photo of Listing #452005

$739,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,446 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 1001, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #452005

This Unique Luxury Ocean Front Condo With Spectacular Panoramic Beautiful Wide Open Views, Located In The Premier Waterfront Condo Tower Complex "the Beacon ", Well Compared To Any Luxury Condo Locally Available, This Excellent Value Waterfront Condo Has 2 ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Pacifica Is In An Idyllic Setting Steps From Th...

Photo of Listing #453079

$700,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,055 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street 1502, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #453079

Pacifica Is In An Idyllic Setting Steps From The Shores Of Nanaimo's Active Inner Harbor & Scenic Seawall Walkway. This Fabulous 2 Bdrm, 2 Bath Corner Unit Has A Vast Array Of Windows Filling The Space With Abundant Natural Light All Day Year Round. Enjoy E...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Step Into This Large, Luxury Shabby Chic "beach...

Photo of Listing #451946

$699,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,275 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street 401, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #451946

Step Into This Large, Luxury Shabby Chic "beach House" Style Condo Located In The Aqua Residences & Fall In Love. Fabulous Space For Entertaining Or Just Relaxing Taking In The Spectacular View Of The Newcastle Channel, Yacht Club, Mt. Benson & The City. Be...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Step Into This 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Condo In T...

Photo of Listing #449049

$699,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,204 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street 602, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #449049

Step Into This 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Condo In The Prestigious Pacifica Building And Prepare To Be Wowed With The Gorgeous Ocean & Mountain Views! This Well Maintained Condo Features 1204 Sq. Ft Of Well Thought Out Living Space Including Floor To Ceiling Win...

eXp Realty

Over 90% Sold Out! Luxurious Oceanview Penthous...

Photo of Listing #450406

$679,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 605, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #450406

Over 90% Sold Out! 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 Maste...

eXp Realty

Ocean View Condo With Rare Afternoon Sun Exposu...

Photo of Listing #450272

$679,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,262 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street 402, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #450272

Ocean View Condo With Rare Afternoon Sun Exposure - Aqua Residences Here Is A Rare Opportunity To Own The Extremely Bright Unit With 10' Ceilings, Large Windows, Active Ocean Views That Must Be Seen To Be Fully Appreciated. Spectacular Views And Remarkable ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

90% Sold Out! Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In ...

Photo of Listing #451095

$669,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 606, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #451095

90% Sold Out! 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 Sui...

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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