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

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955 Comox Rd, Nanaimo

$599,900

955 Comox Rd, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,104 SqFt 5,663 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 888134

Oakwyn Realty Ltd.

New
24 Prideaux St 301, Nanaimo

$424,999

24 Prideaux St 301, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,113 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 888120

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

New
545 Asteria Pl, Nanaimo

$425,000

545 Asteria Pl, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,007 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 888250

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

50 Mill St 114, Nanaimo

$449,900

50 Mill St 114, Nanaimo

2 Beds 3 Baths 1,560 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 887902

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

260 Pine St, Nanaimo

$525,000

260 Pine St, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 864 SqFt 10,455 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 887104

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

540 Franklyn St 105, Nanaimo

$525,000

540 Franklyn St 105, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,490 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 886919

eXp Realty

99 Chapel St 206, Nanaimo

$330,000

99 Chapel St 206, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 595 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 886625

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

99 Chapel St 106, Nanaimo

$325,000

99 Chapel St 106, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 617 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 886622

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

91 Chapel St 606, Nanaimo

$649,000

↓ $36,000

91 Chapel St 606, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,015 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 885960

eXp Realty

10 Chapel St 306, Nanaimo

$749,888

10 Chapel St 306, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,229 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 885601

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (QU)

30 Cavan St 103, Nanaimo

$349,900

30 Cavan St 103, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 840 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 885557

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

221 Milton St, Nanaimo

$939,900

221 Milton St, Nanaimo

6 Beds 4 Baths 2,454 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 884441

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

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.

Condos & Apartments in Downtown Nanaimo

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Old City Nanaimo boundary location map with landmarks

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