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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.

Condos & Townhomes in the Old City

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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154 Promenade Dr 703, Nanaimo

$599,500

154 Promenade Dr 703, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,161 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 961075

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

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91 Chapel St 404, Nanaimo

$419,900

91 Chapel St 404, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 650 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 960944

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

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104 Esplanade St 403, Nanaimo

$649,900

104 Esplanade St 403, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,321 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 959801

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

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91 Chapel St 306, Nanaimo

$384,900

91 Chapel St 306, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 624 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 960928

eXp Realty

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9 Machleary St, Nanaimo

$664,900

9 Machleary St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,932 SqFt 6,099 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960859

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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427 Prideaux St, Nanaimo

$785,000

427 Prideaux St, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 1,899 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960720

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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119 Haliburton St 202, Nanaimo

$449,900

119 Haliburton St 202, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 740 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 960581

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

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99 Chapel St 404, Nanaimo

$529,900

99 Chapel St 404, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 929 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 960399

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

120 Pine St, Nanaimo

$745,900

120 Pine St, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,420 SqFt 6,970 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960143

eXp Realty

697 Wentworth St, Nanaimo

$990,000

697 Wentworth St, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,574 SqFt 6,534 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960039

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

99 Chapel St 309, Nanaimo

$429,900

99 Chapel St 309, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 974 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 956781

Oakwyn Realty Ltd. (NA)

481 Kennedy St 103, Nanaimo

$370,000

481 Kennedy St 103, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 745 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 959809

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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

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Old City Nanaimo boundary location map with landmarks

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