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

42 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

Nanaimo's Finest Penthouse In A 4 Yr Old Buildi...

Photo of Listing #457163

$2,000,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,501 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street Ph4, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #457163

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)

This Brand New 4 Plex Investment Property Is Be...

Photo of Listing #465980

$1,600,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 0.18 Acres
  • 5,272 ft²

Fourplex

611 Kennedy Street 1-4, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #465980

This Brand New 4 Plex Investment Property Is Being Built In Nanaimo's Old City Area Amongst Character Homes And Near The Bustling Downtown Core. With Excellent Cash Flow And The Ability To Stratify The Building The Future Possibilities Are Many. Shining Kni...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Luxury Downtown Ocean View Penthouse With Expen...

Photo of Listing #463258

$998,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,340 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street Ph1, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463258

Luxury Downtown Ocean View Penthouse With Expensive Rooftop Terrace Through Private Elevator! This Is The Largest Unit In This 4 Year Old Building And Has The Best Privacy As It Is The End Unit On The Top Floor. 12 Ft Ceiling Throughout Takes In Views Of Th...

eXp Realty

Luxurious Ocean View Penthouse In The Heart Of ...

Photo of Listing #466119

$789,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 608, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #466119

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

Luxurious Oceanview Penthouse In The Heart Of N...

Photo of Listing #466086

$779,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 607, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #466086

Luxurious Oceanview 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. Beautifully Appointed, The Elegant Master Suite Offers A Wa...

eXp Realty

Limited Time Offer - No Gst (on Firm Offers Rec...

Photo of Listing #466080

$759,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 605, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #466080

Limited Time Offer - No Gst (on Firm Offers Received Prior To June 2020). 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 & Moun...

eXp Realty

No G.s.t. On This Brand New Penthouse Until May...

Photo of Listing #466139

$749,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 606, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #466139

No G.s.t. On This Brand New Penthouse Until May, 2020! Stunning Ocean View Top Floor Home In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Downtown. True West Coast Lifestyle Property, Home Features A Spectacular 500' Rooftop Patio W/ 360 Degree Ocean/mountain Views. Beautifully ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Walk On Ocean Front Townhome In The Premiere Co...

Photo of Listing #465143

$749,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,333 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th5, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #465143

Walk On Ocean Front Townhome In The Premiere Concrete And Steel Pacifica Building In Downtown Nanaimo On The Active Harbour Front. Amazing Lifestyle Awaits You Here With Direct Access To The Seawall, Harbour Air Float Planes, Restaurants, Cafes And Shopping...

One Percent Realty Ltd.

Stately Ocean View, Character Home In Nanaimo's...

Photo of Listing #467465

$699,900 Active

  • 5 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 0.21 Acres
  • 3,600 ft²

Single Family

461 Selby Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #467465

Stately Ocean View, Character Home In Nanaimo's Old City Quarter, An Inviting Back Yard & A Flexible Zoning Dt8. With Over 3,000 Sq Foot Of Space This Home Is Sure To Impress With Its Modern Amenities & Updates While Maintaining The Stunning Heritage Qualit...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

Spectacular Waterfront Residence. 1914 Sf Plus ...

Photo of Listing #465781

$699,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,914 ft²

Condo/Strata

158 Promenade Drive 404, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #465781

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

Welcome To The Beacon At Cameron Island. If You...

REDUCED 7% Photo of Listing #463559

$699,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,463 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 1605, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #463559

Welcome To The Beacon At Cameron Island. If You Are Not Familiar With The Complex, This Is Arguably One Of The Most Sought After Sides Of The Building. With Views Spanning From Newcastle Channel All The Way To Gabriola Island. The Layout Provides Picturesqu...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Luxury Oceanfront Condo Is Conveniently Lo...

Photo of Listing #465480

$688,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,446 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 1001, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #465480

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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