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

37 Properties Found. Page 1 of 4

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)

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

Photo of Listing #461687

$925,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,710 ft²

Condo/Strata

150 Promenade Drive 502, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461687

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

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

REDUCED 5% Photo of Listing #458977

$799,000 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

Welcome Home To This Walk Onto The Oceanfront T...

Photo of Listing #461290

$749,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,394 ft²

Condo/Strata

38 Front Street Th5, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461290

Welcome Home To This Walk Onto The Oceanfront Townhome, In The Premiere Concrete And Steel Pacifica Building. Located In Downtown Nanaimo On The Active Harbourfront, An Amazing Lifestyle Awaits You Here With Direct Access To The Seawall, Float Planes, Resta...

One Percent Realty Ltd.

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

Over 95% Sold! Luxurious Suite With Spectacular...

Photo of Listing #461277

$669,900 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,015 ft²

Condo/Strata

91 Chapel Street 606, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #461277

Over 95% Sold! Luxurious Suite With Spectacular Views In The Heart Of Nanaimo's Historic Downtown. A True West Coast Lifestyle Property, This Home Features An Elegant Master Suite Including A Walk-in Closet & 4 Piece Ensuite With Walk-in Glass Shower & Dual...

RE/MAX Of Nanaimo

Your Harbourfront Lifestyle Awaits With This Be...

Photo of Listing #462941

$599,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,378 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 205, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462941

Your Harbourfront Lifestyle Awaits With This Beautifully Situated Oceanfront Condo In Cameron Island! The Beacon Is Mere Steps From The Ocean With Easy Access To The Popular Seawall, Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Shopping, Ferries, Sea Planes & Other Amenities...

eXp Realty

Waterfront/renovated Suite - Prestigious 'beaco...

REDUCED 4% Photo of Listing #458071

$599,000 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)

Spectacular Ocean & Mountain Views! Here's Your...

Photo of Listing #462989

$595,000 Active

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,275 ft²

Condo/Strata

10 Chapel Street 501, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #462989

Spectacular Ocean & Mountain Views! Here's Your Chance To Own One Of The Best Units In Aqua Residences, Downtown Nanaimo's Newest Luxury Condo Development. Highlights Include A Large Partially Covered Deck Offering Expansive Active Views Over Newcastle Chan...

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

Waterfront Suite. Cameron Island Built By Boza ...

REDUCED 9% Photo of Listing #453309

$590,000 Active

  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,163 ft²

Condo/Strata

154 Promenade Drive 1504, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #453309

Waterfront Suite. Cameron Island Built By Boza Is A Gem! The Harbour, Protection Island, Newcastle Island, Boat Basin And The City Of Nanaimo Are Sitting Right In Front Of The Floor To Ceiling Windows Of This 2 Bedroom 1163 Sq Ft Suite Which Features 2 Sepa...

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

Potential Development Property In The Very Popu...

Photo of Listing #460792

$550,000 Active

  • 10 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 0.26 Acres
  • 2,907 ft²

Single Family

345 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo, BC

MLS® #460792

Potential Development Property In The Very Popular "bowl' Area Of Downtown Nanaimo Adjacent To The Old City Quarter. Currently Operated As An Older 10 Bedroom Rooming House On A Large (.26 Acre) Property. There Are Two Legal Parcels Being Offered Together. ...

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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