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

47 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

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)

Spectacular Oceanfront Penthouse W/ Unbelievabl...

Photo of Listing #840036

$1,700,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,409 ft²

Condo Apartment

158 Promenade Dr 702, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #840036

Spectacular Oceanfront Penthouse W/ Unbelievable Views! At 2409 Sqft, This Unt Features A Functional & Open Floor Plan. Offering 2876 Sq Ft Of Outdoor Living Space, The Oversized Decks Are Fully Irrigated For Low-maintenance Gardening So That You Can Lock U...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Downtown Penthouse At It's Finest! This Unit En...

Photo of Listing #839738

$899,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,340 ft²

Condo Apartment

10 Chapel St Ph1, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #839738

Downtown Penthouse At It's Finest! This Unit Enjoys A Rooftop Garden Through A Private Elevator! This Is The Largest Unit In This 5 Year Old Building And Has The Best Privacy As It Is The End Unit On The Top Floor. 12 Ft Ceilings Throughout, Takes In Views ...

eXp Realty

Waterfront Side. The View Goes On And On From T...

Photo of Listing #842288

$799,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,609 ft²

Condo Apartment

154 Promenade Dr 2301, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #842288

Waterfront Side. The View Goes On And On From This 1609 Sq Ft Plus Den Suite In Vancouver Islands Tallest Building On The Waterfront In Downtown Nanaimo. The 270 Degree View Stretches From The 786 Acre Newcastle Island, Protection Island And Gabriola Island...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Don't Miss This Oceanfront Townhome With Privat...

Photo of Listing #838931

$749,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,189 ft²

Row/Townhouse

38 Front St Th5, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #838931

Don't Miss This Oceanfront Townhome With Private Gated Entrance And Direct Access To The Seawall Boardwalk Featuring Ocean And Marina Views From All Windows. The Pacifica Is Nanaimo's Premiere Concrete And Steel Building With Two Professional Onsite Caretak...

One Percent Realty Ltd.

Cameron Island Waterfront Condo Here Is A Fabul...

Photo of Listing #842570

$739,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,446 ft²

Condo Apartment

154 Promenade Dr 1005, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #842570

Cameron Island Waterfront Condo Here Is A Fabulous Opportunity To Own An Updated Unit With Spectacular Ocean Views. Enjoy Some Of The Best Waterside Views In This Concrete Complex Equipped With A Social Lounge, Indoor Pool, Gym And A Hot Tub Area. Offering ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Welcome To The Beacon At Cameron Island. This 1...

Photo of Listing #840440

$699,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,463 ft²

Condo Apartment

154 Promenade Dr 1605, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #840440

Welcome To The Beacon At Cameron Island. This 1463 Sqft Condo Is Located In The Most Sought After Side Of The Building. With Views Spanning From Newcastle Channel All The Way To Gabriola Island. The Layout Provides Picturesque Landscape From Almost Every Sp...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Spectacular Waterfront Residence. 1914 Sf Plus ...

Photo of Listing #839794

$699,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,914 ft²

Condo Apartment

158 Promenade Dr 404, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #839794

Spectacular Waterfront Residence. 1914 Sf Plus Over 1000 Sf Of Sheltered Decks For Year Round Outdoor Enjoyment With Excellent Vantage Points To Enjoy Ocean, Marina And City Views. An Irrigation System Has Been Installed Ensuring A Worry Free Watering Cycle...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Luxury Oceanfront Condo Is Conveniently Lo...

Photo of Listing #833213

$688,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,446 ft²

Condo Apartment

154 Promenade Dr 1001, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #833213

This Luxury Oceanfront Condo Is Conveniently Located On The 10th Floor In Nanaimo's Premier Waterfront Condo Tower Complex, "the Beacon ". Well Compared To Any Luxury Condo Locally Available, This Excellent Value Waterfront Condo Has 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Luxurious Ocean View Penthouse In The Heart Of ...

NEW Photo of Listing #844414

$679,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo Apartment

91 Chapel St 608, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #844414

Luxurious Ocean View 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. A Beautifully Appointed Master Suite Offers A Walk-in Clos...

eXp Realty

Welcome To This Two Bedroom Plus Den Waterfront...

NEW Photo of Listing #844055

$675,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,408 ft²

Condo Apartment

158 Promenade Dr 310, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #844055

Welcome To This Two Bedroom Plus Den Waterfront Condo. Enjoy Ocean Views Looking Towards Protection Island And Gabriola Island From The Spacious Deck. The Open Concept Floor Plan With Large Windows Allows The Views To Be Seen From Nearly Every Room In The U...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Luxurious Ocean View Penthouse In The Heart Of ...

Photo of Listing #843295

$629,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo Apartment

91 Chapel St 605, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #843295

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

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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