Every walk of life can be found here, from starving artists to blue collar mill workers to professors and doctors. Overall the vibe is very relaxed and unpretentious, with a roll-up-your-sleeves community spirit that goes back generations in Nanaimo.

Condos & Townhomes in South Nanaimo

Below, I've broken down some of the distinctions between each part of South Nanaimo. Or, check out these properties for sale in South Nanaimo:

Homes for Sale in South Nanaimo

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484 10th St, Nanaimo

$826,999

484 10th St, Nanaimo

6 Beds 3 Baths 2,386 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Half Duplex MLS® # 961094

eXp Realty

New
830 Varsity Way 200, Nanaimo

$534,900

830 Varsity Way 200, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,352 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 961065

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

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483 Tenth St, Nanaimo

$799,999

483 Tenth St, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,325 SqFt 45,738 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960918

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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852 Whistler Pl, Nanaimo

$899,900

852 Whistler Pl, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,016 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960296

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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1047 Harewood Mines Rd, Nanaimo

$1,325,000

1047 Harewood Mines Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,299 SqFt 6,099 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960827

HOMELAB Real Estate Group

New
396 Avaani Way, Nanaimo

$959,900

396 Avaani Way, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,436 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960892

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

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112 Irwin St, Nanaimo

$499,900

112 Irwin St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,055 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960468

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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18 Gillespie St, Nanaimo

$778,888

18 Gillespie St, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,030 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960876

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

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1000 Chase River Rd 77, Nanaimo

$295,000

1000 Chase River Rd 77, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 924 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 960260

eXp Realty

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223 Irwin St, Nanaimo

$485,000

223 Irwin St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,024 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960391

eXp Realty

722 Connaught Ave, Nanaimo

$679,000

722 Connaught Ave, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,641 SqFt 6,099 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960235

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

284 Applegreen Ave, Nanaimo

$695,000

284 Applegreen Ave, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,655 SqFt 3,921 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 960236

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

South Nanaimo Neighbourhoods

This is a very large and diverse area, and I wouldn't have listed it all together on one page if the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board didn't include it as a single region. So, I've broken down the distinctions here. Remember, if you want to get notifications when new listings hit the market in any area, just contact me and tell me what the search filters should be (price, size, geographical range).

Harewood

This is the largest homogeneous part of South Nanaimo - it's a wide plain of about 3.25 km² between the railway and VIU, between 4th St and 10th St.

Harewood is very convenient to downtown and both highways, as well as being snug against the wilderness behind town.

This is a charming and relaxed neighbourhood - and it's old - it was a rural district with its own municipality prior to its annexation by Nanaimo in 1976. When this area was first settled as land for the coal miners and their families in the late Victorian/Edwardian eras, it was subdivided as five-acre plots (it's also called "Five Acres"). Over time, these plots were subdivided and newer homes (1920's craftsman bungalows to post-war ranchers and split-levels), were added beside them.

This is a great place to find a well-made home of solid wooden construction. There used to be a lot of old-growth fir available in these parts, and it shows.

Harewood Valley area map with landmarks


Old Victoria Road, Bayview area

This is a quiet area with some nice homes, set apart somewhat from the bustle and hustlers of the South End (see below) yet not quite falling into Harewood. There are old character homes, as well as mid-late 20th century boxes and everything in between.


South End aka Harbourview

South End map approximationIn old Nanaimo, this was part of the "South Ward" - a distinct community with its own teams - holding rivalries with other downtown neighbourhoods. A lot of renovated miners' cabins and sumptuous Victorian homes still remain, overlooking the harbour and the estuary. Despite what I've written below, I have to acknowledge that at least half of all the properties in the South End are lovingly cared for and are very desirable for their period architecture and/or mature yard spaces.

This is finally emerging as a great real estate investment area in Nanaimo. It was the roughest part of town for decades, but is now being gentrified by investment-minded buyers who see the immense potential of this oceanside location so close to downtown Nanaimo, or lower-budget buyers who like getting a solid craftsman home at a discount.

Parkshore Developments out of North Vancouver is planning (and already executing rapidly) a large-scale redevelopment of this area, taking the form of low-rise condo buildings taking advantage of the ocean views and proximity to downtown. They are calling their vision Harbourview. Their first building was the Outlook, already completed in early 2021 near the old Balmoral Hotel. Their next project, Prospect (just south of Outlook), is finishing up as of summer 2023. In 2021, they sold out the first pre-sales of their Lumina building, a block to the north.

For many people, this is not the place to raise children or teens. While addiction is a problem in every neighbourhood, it is slightly more concentrated in this area. But tolerant, down-to-earth people can tell you this is a great place to live, with the best neighbours you'll find anywhere, great community values and affordable costs - where else can you get an ocean view for less than $500,000? If you want notifications when new homes become available here, just contact me and tell me what you want.


South Haliburton

While the north end of Haliburton has its rough patches, the south end has some very desirable real estate. This is the area near Petroglyph Park and the Calico Cat teahouse, with beautiful homes on large lots overlooking the expansive Nanaimo River Estuary.

There are also a couple of multi-family complexes as well as a mobile home park here, offering great views! Let me know if you want to see a listing for sale in this area.


South Harewood

There's been an explosion of development in this area since around 2009, and it's not slowing down. The homes are on "modern sized" lots (i.e., smaller than traditional single-family plots) which helps them to be affordable despite many of these homes having high square footage and some nice finishes, and many have legal basement suites, easily rented to students attending nearby VIU. These neighbourhoods are family oriented, and so far at least, the yards are very well kept.

These neighbourhoods are generally situated between Ninth and Tenth Streets. There is a newer Quality Foods supermarket in the area, as well as a gas station and beer store - and if you head down Tenth St you're in Chase River (with Southgate Mall and South Parkway Plaza).


Harewood Heights

I don't know if there's a more official name for this area up on the hill, near the Colliery Dams! In addition to a well-kept 1990s subdivision around Brookfield Dr and Glengarry Cr, there's also a lot of new construction especially around Southwind Dr and (most recently) up Harewood Mines Rd.


Nearby Schools

  • Fairview Elementary ; 205 Howard Ave.
  • Georgia Avenue Elementary ; 625 Georgia Ave.
  • Park Avenue Elementary ; 395 Eighth St.
  • Bayview Elementary ; 140 View St.
  • Nanaimo District Secondary School (NDSS) ; 355 Wakesiah Ave.
  • John Barsby Secondary ; 550 7th St.

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