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

49 Properties Found. Page 1 of 5

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

This Is One Of The Only Waterfront Penthouses I...

Photo of Listing #854920

$1,680,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.02 Acres
  • 1,075 ft²

Condo Apartment

38 Front St 1802, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #854920

This Is One Of The Only Waterfront Penthouses In A Young Building In Downtown Nanaimo. On This 18th Floor, You See The Ocean From The East, The Islands From The South, And The City Light And The Mountain From The West. This View Is Unbeatable! This Unit Boa...

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.

'pacifica' Sub Penthouse With Stunning Unobstru...

Photo of Listing #856279

$798,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.03 Acres
  • 1,186 ft²

Condo Apartment

38 Front St 1704, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #856279

'pacifica' Sub Penthouse With Stunning Unobstructed Views Over Nanaimo Harbour, Georgia Strait And The Coastal Mountains. Perfectly Located A Short Stroll To Restaurants, Shopping, Boating, And Picturesque Walks Along The Waterfront. This Gorgeous 2 Bedroom...

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PBO)

Rare, Oceanview Penthouse In The Sought-after 9...

Photo of Listing #854035

$784,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo Apartment

91 Chapel St 603, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #854035

Rare, Oceanview Penthouse In The Sought-after 91 Chapel Development, The First Water-side Penthouse To Be Listed Since Pre-sales! With The Best View In The Building, This Spectacular Home Features A Private 500' Rooftop Patio With 360° Views. This Beautiful...

eXp Realty

Modern, Executive Style 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom N...

Photo of Listing #855690

$759,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,161 ft²

Condo Apartment

154 Promenade Dr 1003, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #855690

Modern, Executive Style 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Newly Renovated Condo Designed By The Best In Her Field “ Heidi Schumann” From Design Details Inc. With Stunning Ocean, City And Mountain Views This Gem Is Boasting 1161 Sq/ft With A Smart Open Concept Layout, ...

eXp Realty

If You Are Looking For An Ocean View Condo On N...

Photo of Listing #853929

$735,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,286 ft²

Condo Apartment

10 Chapel St 301, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #853929

If You Are Looking For An Ocean View Condo On Nanaimos Waterfront, Then This Is An Opportunity You Don't Want To Miss. This 1286 Sqft Condo Is Located Across The Street From The Nanaimo Harbour And Mafeo Sutton Park Giving You Amazing Access To Everything O...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Luxurious Ocean View Penthouse In The Heart Of ...

Photo of Listing #852161

$729,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo Apartment

91 Chapel St 608, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #852161

Luxurious Ocean View Penthouse In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Historic Downtown. Atrue 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 ...

eXp Realty

Luxury Downtown Condo With Spectacular City & O...

Photo of Listing #855851

$689,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,275 ft²

Condo Apartment

10 Chapel St 401, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #855851

Luxury Downtown Condo With Spectacular City & Ocean Views. Located In Nanaimo’s Cultural Center With Views Across The Newcastle Channel, This Rare End-unit Enjoys Incredible Sunshine & Natural Light, An Open Plan With Fantastic Flow Between The Indoor & Out...

eXp Realty

Stunning Ocean View Penthouse In The Heart Of N...

Photo of Listing #852062

$689,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.02 Acres
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo Apartment

91 Chapel St 607, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #852062

Stunning 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 Degree Ocean & Mountain Views. Beautifully Appointed, The Elegant Master Suite Offe...

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

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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