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.

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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555 Franklyn St 119, Nanaimo

$299,900

555 Franklyn St 119, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 559 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 919771

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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225-227 Haliburton St, Nanaimo

$1,300,000

225-227 Haliburton St, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 17,424 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 919557

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

533 Asteria Pl, Nanaimo

$515,000

533 Asteria Pl, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 997 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 919447

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

38 Front St 406, Nanaimo

$459,000

38 Front St 406, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 797 SqFt 49,659 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 919250

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

99 Chapel St 215, Nanaimo

$524,900

99 Chapel St 215, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 980 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 919199

eXp Realty

525 3rd St 304, Nanaimo

$399,900

525 3rd St 304, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 802 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 919213

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

986 Campbell St, Nanaimo

$599,900

986 Campbell St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,766 SqFt 5,228 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 918864

eXp Realty

605 Comox Rd, Nanaimo

$590,000

605 Comox Rd, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 982 SqFt 3,921 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 918065

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

235 Milton St, Nanaimo

$689,900

235 Milton St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,440 SqFt 5,228 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 918056

Macdonald Realty (Pkvl)

221 Pine St, Nanaimo

$550,000

↓ $19,900

221 Pine St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,070 SqFt 3,921 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 918025

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PBO)

431 Selby St, Nanaimo

$585,000

↓ $39,900

431 Selby St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,595 SqFt 9,148 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 918013

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

154 Promenade Dr 704, Nanaimo

$690,000

154 Promenade Dr 704, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,160 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 917943

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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