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

52 Properties Found. Page 1 of 5

Nanaimo's Finest Penthouse In 4 Yr Old Building...

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 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 Pri...

RE/MAX Anchor Realty (QU)

Downtown Nanaimo Penthouse Suite With Private L...

Photo of Listing #452244

$1,089,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,250 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street Ph2, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #452244

Downtown Nanaimo Penthouse Suite With Private Lift To Your Own Private 1,350 Sq. Ft. Rooftop Deck! Located In The Heart Of The City Is Where You Will Find This Fantastic Penthouse Unit With Expansive Views Of The Mountains, City, Waterfront, Active Harbour ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Set On Nanaimo's Famous Waterfront, This 1710sf...

Photo of Listing #454357

$925,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,710 ft²

Condo/Strata

150 Promenade Drive 502, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #454357

Set On Nanaimo's Famous Waterfront, This 1710sf, Two Bedroom Home Features A 1190sf Terrace With City And Ocean Views. Magnificent View Over The City To Mount Benson Is Complemented By A Newly Installed Ductless Heat Pump. The Beautiful Kitchen Has Tiled Ba...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Is A Great Investment Opportunity For A Pr...

Photo of Listing #459582

$875,000 Active

  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 0.2 Acres
  • 3,752 ft²

Full Duplex

512 Campbell Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #459582

This Is A Great Investment Opportunity For A Property Located Close To Downtown At A Time When Investment In The City's Core Continues To Grow With New Residential And Service Projects. It Is Zoned Dt8 (old City Mixed Use). This Property Currently Contains ...

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

This Is A Rare Opportunity To Own The Finest Pr...

Photo of Listing #459108

$874,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,230 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street 13, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #459108

This Is A Rare Opportunity To Own The Finest Property On The Nanaimo Waterfront. The Best View, The Best Patio, The Best Townhouse On The Seawall. There Is Nothing Quite Like Waterfront Living At Pacifica! The Tranquillity Of The Ocean Moves Through The Tho...

eXp Realty

Top Floor Waterfront Townhome With A Rooftop De...

Photo of Listing #460407

$864,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,753 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th21, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #460407

Top Floor Waterfront Townhome With A Rooftop Deck This Sought-after, Rare, Oceanfront Townhome Is In One Of The Best-run Developments In The City Of Nanaimo. Situated On The Waterfront Promenade In The "pacifica". This Concrete Condo/townhome Project Has On...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Waterfront 2 Bed + Den Residence In Central Van...

REDUCED 2% Photo of Listing #458977

$859,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,914 ft²

Condo/Strata

158 Promenade Drive 404, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #458977

Waterfront 2 Bed + Den Residence In Central Vancouver Islands Most Prestigious Downtown Community. Enjoy Front Row Seats To Spectacular Sunrises & Ocean Scenery From Every Window With Panoramic Views Over Gabriola & Protection Island.perched High Above The ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

This Unique Luxury Ocean Front Condo With Spect...

REDUCED 6% Photo of Listing #452005

$698,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,446 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 1001, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #452005

This Unique Luxury Ocean Front Condo With Spectacular Panoramic Beautiful Wide Open Views, Located In The Premier Waterfront Condo Tower Complex "the Beacon ", Well Compared To Any Luxury Condo Locally Available, This Excellent Value Waterfront Condo Has 2 ...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Over 90% Sold Out! Luxurious Oceanview Penthous...

Photo of Listing #459253

$679,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 605, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #459253

Over 90% Sold Out! 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 Maste...

eXp Realty

Beautiful Ocean View Luxury Condo Located In Th...

REDUCED 3% Photo of Listing #451946

$679,900 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,284 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street 401, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #451946

Beautiful Ocean View Luxury Condo Located In The Heart Of Downtown. This Condo Offers A Bright Open Design With 10 Ft. Ceilings Surrounded By Windows To Embrace The Spectacular View Of Newcastle Channel, Yacht Club, Mt. Benson & The City. In The Most Conven...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

On The Waterfront At Cameron Island, Downtown N...

REDUCED 9% Photo of Listing #449124

$639,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,744 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 2302, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #449124

On The Waterfront At Cameron Island, Downtown Nanaimo. This Suite Is Very Unique, In That It Boast 3 Separate Sun Decks, One Facing East, One Facing South, & One Facing West, It Has 2 Bedrooms + Den & 2 Baths. 20 Minutes By Float Plane From Vancouver. I Can...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Waterfront/renovated Suite - Prestigious 'beaco...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #458071

$624,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,164 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 1302, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #458071

Waterfront/renovated Suite - Prestigious 'beacon' Building In Downtown Nanaimo In Cameron Island. Oceanfront Living Featuring Two Large Patios; One Off The Main Living Room And The Second Off The Master Bedroom. Enjoy Panoramic Views Of The Ocean, Gabriola ...

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PBO)

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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