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Nanaimo is a vibrant urban city found on the east side of beautiful Vancouver Island. The vibrant city is home to an abundance of recreation and cultural opportunities giving residents a lifestyle second to none for playing, working, and living!
Located on the east coast of Central Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, BC, is the principal city and has a large, diverse population. Residents here like to relax and watch BC ferries arrive and depart from the BC Mainland and some of the Gulf Islands. The region has become a popular destination for its beautiful waterfront district and significant attractions nearby. The waterfront district boasts a 5km well-kept walkway offering sweeping views across the stunning waters. Nanaimo, BC, is famous for the yummy Nanaimo bar, a dessert that now has a tour named after it. Many creative interpretations of the bar are found at local cafes and are unbearably delicious. Nanaimo is the place to be looking for if you are an outdoor adventurer. The city has some of the best scuba diving across North America. Enjoy the coastline and the many trails, golf courses, boating, and sailing opportunities available to residents and their guests.
Nanaimo, BC, offers many different homes such as condominiums, detached houses, semi-detached houses, townhouses, duplex, or triplex. With all the available styles and types of homes, the real estate market prices range dramatically depending on the location of residence, the size of the house, and the exclusive features the buyers are looking for. Homes can be found starting in the low $300Ks but can quickly pass the $1 million mark and up for a grand estate home.
Homes available for purchase to the many potential buyers include condominium homeownership. This means you own your unit but not the land your property is built on. Typically, residents will find these homes may have a condo fee, which maintains indoor and outdoor common areas, parking lots, entrances, and more. Condominium prices in Nanaimo, BC, can be found starting in the $300Ks and make perfect starter homes or homes for those looking to downsize.
Detached homes are stand-alone property that tends to be more expensive because of the land you own that your home is built on. Detached homes offer plenty of privacy and space and make fit for families. Residents who decide to buy a detached home have to take ownership responsibilities into their own hands, such as paying for heat, water, and other services. All house repairs are homeowner's jobs, but this does not make the homes less attractive. However, detached stand-alone homes are a trendy choice in Nanaimo for their size. Typically a detached home in Nanaimo, BC, can be found priced at $1 million and up depending on the property's size, age, and location.
Another popular choice in Nanaimo, BC is semi-detached homes; these homes can be found in a more suburban area of Nanaimo. A semi-detached house has another home attached on one side of it, but homeowners are still responsible for their side of land and maintenance of the home. While the cost of semi-detached homes depends on the area, they are usually less expensive than a fully detached house, making them appealing to many buyers. Semi-detached in Nanaimo, BC, can start at $800Ks depending on the style and location you are looking for.
Also, townhomes, a series of homes that attach to one another, still provide spacious open concepts. Townhomes make an excellent choice for smaller families and first-time home buyers. A townhome can be found starting in the $500Ks in Nanaimo, BC, and located in many areas throughout the city.
Lastly, duplex and triplex living is a booming market for investors. These buildings are typically divided into two to three units, and often, more than not, buyers will buy the entire building and rent out the other units to help with mortgage costs. Each place has a separate entrance, and the people living here are responsible for the care and upkeep of their own home's interior. Duplex and Triplex in Nanaimo are higher priced considering the revenue potential they present, and a building can be found ranging between a listing price of $500K and $1 million depending on the condition of the property and the units included.
Nanaimo, BC, has many surrounding neighbourhoods with several excellent housing option choices. In total, Nanaimo has 18 communities spread throughout the city, including:
Upper Lantzville - The District of Lantzville is a small community located on the northern border of Nanaimo. Considered to be more rural than a city, the district is almost entirely residential. Lot sizes here tend to run more prominent and more spacious than other Nanaimo neighbourhood areas. Nanaimo's north end hosts all its amenities and is only a few minutes away. On your drive, enjoy all the lovely views Upper Lantzville offers of the Winchelsea Islands!
Pleasant Valley - The Dundas neighbourhood of Pleasant Valley can be described as it sounds, a pleasant valley community in which to live. Pleasant Valley is bordered west by Governors Road, Cootes Drive to the east, and south by the Ancaster neighbourhood of Sulphur Springs. Dundas' Pleasant Valley encompasses some of the region's most beautiful homes, including one and two-story detached townhouses and low or high-rise condominiums. Pleasant Valley is a distinctly wonderful neighbourhood for singles, couples, and families to live.
Uplands - The Uplands neighbourhood is a combination of rocky hills, ravines, and lakes. Many homes in Uplands have lovely views, and the area is generally affordable, and homes are well established. Many homes are from the 1970s and later on, are situated on larger lots. Uplands also has several condos, subdivisions, and new development, including multi-level homes with gorgeous views.
North Jinglepot - The Jingle pot area is a beautiful rural area yet close to shopping. It's a pretty valley beneath Mt Benson, and housing is a combination of acreages, farms, and modern subdivisions.
Central Nanaimo - Central Nanaimo is just that... central; it borders Northfield Road to the South, Island Highway in the East, and the Parkway in the west. The area is divided between older single-family homes and newer condos and townhouses, and a commercial area along Bowen Road. Single-family homes are generally older, and smaller houses around the hospital are ideal for first-time buyers, investors, or singles and couples. Lot sizes vary, including higher density and older properties with established landscaping. The condo and townhouse complexes are located near the hospital.
Departure Bay - The Departure Bay area is located on the hills that surround Departure Bay itself. Imagine the stunning views and many homes in the area over the neighbourhood with ferries coming throughout the bay all day. The houses in the area are older, with most of them being 30 years and older. There are funky homes down by the beach and some modest split-levels and many semi-luxury to luxury homes perched around the shoreline and high on the surrounding hills.
University District - Closest to Vancouver Island University, homes in the University District are a combination of old character homes, newer homes, and everything in between.
South Nanaimo - South Nanaimo is immediately south of downtown, close to the ocean and stretching to Petroglyph Park. South Nanaimo offers reasonably priced new or older homes. You will find South Nanaimo to be an excellent place to get more housing for your dollar.
Chase River - Chase River is the first development residents will see once leaving South Nanaimo. Located right beside the Nanaimo River Estuary and too convenient shopping in the area and close to the Parkway. Chase River is still rural in places, with many beautiful old farmhouses and newly built subdivisions. This is an excellent choice for young families and first-time homebuyers as the area is relatively affordable.
Lower Lantzville - Located on the northern border of the city of Nanaimo, the peaceful community of Lower Lantzville is broken into two neighbourhoods by the Lower and Upper. Lower Lantzville is not mixed with Upper Lantzville as some homes here are lovely oceanfront homes with impressive acreage. The district is almost entirely residential, with some commercial buildings on the main street.
North Nanaimo - The North Nanaimo area offers some of the best views in the city. Residents often feel amazed by the expansive ocean views overlooking the Islands and the coastal mountains rising beyond. North Nanaimo is a new area of Nanaimo, and homes in North Nanaimo are generally more recent than other parts of Nanaimo.
Diver Lake - This Nanaimo neighbourhood lies between the Old Island Highway and the Parkway. The lake itself is small and is a great place to view waterfowl. Diver Lake is very conveniently located in North Nanaimo shopping and is a good area for first-time homebuyers.
South Jingle Pot - The Jinglepot area is a beautiful rural area yet close to any shopping. It's a pretty valley beneath Mount Benson, and housing is a combination of acreages, farms, and modern subdivisions.
Hammond Bay - Welcome to the beautiful neighbourhood of Hammond Bay located in Nanaimo, BC, running along the lovely coastline. The Hammond Bay area is relatively hilly, which allows homes built here to enjoy spectacular views. As for housing in the Hammond Bay area, you will find mostly single-family homes with some townhouses and a few condo developments. There are also many innovative, luxury homes in the area to choose from.
Brechin Hill - Brechin Hill is a neighbourhood in Nanaimo that is made up of a hillside looking over the ocean. The area includes some funky homes built to enjoy the fantastic views of Departure Bay and Newcastle Island. You will notice an authentic assortment of different homes available.
Old City Nanaimo - Buildings in Nanaimo's Old City are part of the city's original economic core. The area dates from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. The Old City has undergone a revitalization of heritage buildings while remaining the streets in Old City are tree-lined, and some have lovely harbour views. This is an area that attracts homeowners looking to update older homes. In addition to older homes and buildings, you will find enjoyable, newer condos lining the seawall along the Nanaimo harbour.
Cedar - Cedar is located 10 km south of Nanaimo and is a small rural community that combines farms, large acreages, and smaller properties. Most of the homes in Cedar are situated on larger lots and than the standard city size lot. With the many available choices for people looking to live in Cedar, the home sizes attract an array of buyers. Many homes are located on small acreages but can find large parcels of land with or without a home on the farms. Cedar neighbourhood also has beautiful oceanfront and lake properties, some of which are on stunning farmlands.
Extension - Extension is a very old area of Nanaimo. You can expect to find older homes with large lots as well as acreages in the Extension area. The community is near the Nanaimo River, a fantastic spot for families in the summer.
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