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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 1101, Nanaimo

$975,000

38 Front St 1101, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,182 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 964369

eXp Realty

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555 Franklyn St 114, Nanaimo

$419,900

555 Franklyn St 114, Nanaimo

1 Bed 2 Baths 864 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 964578

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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627 Kennedy St, Nanaimo

$599,900

627 Kennedy St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,358 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 964022

eXp Realty

New
481 Kennedy St 401, Nanaimo

$364,900

481 Kennedy St 401, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 738 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 962633

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

New
360 Selby St 208, Nanaimo

$528,800

360 Selby St 208, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 940 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 964038

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

New
555 Franklyn St 205, Nanaimo

$519,900

555 Franklyn St 205, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 964 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 964199

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

New
154 Promenade Dr 304, Nanaimo

$519,999

154 Promenade Dr 304, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,088 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 961397

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

New
20 Barsby Ave 112, Nanaimo

$369,900

20 Barsby Ave 112, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 534 SqFt 436 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 963760

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

446 Milton St 6, Nanaimo

$669,900

446 Milton St 6, Nanaimo

2 Beds 3 Baths 1,421 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 963963

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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613 Hecate St, Nanaimo

$799,900

↑ $900

613 Hecate St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,538 SqFt 4,792 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 963689

eXp Realty

119 Haliburton St 503, Nanaimo

$480,000

119 Haliburton St 503, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 725 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 963208

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

328 Kennedy St, Nanaimo

$924,900

328 Kennedy St, Nanaimo

0 Beds 1 Bath 1,758 SqFt 13,940 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 963648

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, 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

Nearby Parks

Old City Nanaimo boundary location map with landmarks

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