Of all the places to live in British Columbia, Vancouver Island is certainly one of the more sought out locations to live. With its profound beauty and temperate climate, it is the perfect location to work, live and enjoy life in the region. With easy access to the mainland, yet all the benefits of feeling more secluded from all of the hustle and bustle of Vancouver, many parts of Vancouver Island have become known as the top suburban areas for people who work in Vancouver to live in. Such is the case with the Nanaimo area.
When it comes to buying a home in Nanaimo, buyers will find themselves with many fantastic areas to choose from. Of course where you decide to live will ultimately come down to your personal needs, and finding the area that best meets them Let's take a look at Harewood, a charmingly laid-back neighbourhood. Located in the flat area between Vancouver Island University and downtown Nanaimo, Harewood is ideal for the work or school commuter. This proximity to the downtown area also affords Harewood residents fantastic accessibility to local attractions and amenities
A bit of history, the Harewood area was initially settled to house the families of workers in the Edwardian era (early 1900's). This early settlement became know as "Five Acres," as the land was divided into five one-acre plots. These plots, as well as the surrounding areas, were further divided over time, and development on newer homes progressed. Harewood maintained its status as a more rural district with its own municipality until it was annexed by Nanaimo in 1976.
Property types and price ranges available in Harewood will vary, and the good news is that there is likely something for any budget. Most single family homes in the area are selling for $300,000 - $500,000, but properties in the million dollar range can be found, as can properties under $100,000. There was once a high volume of old-growth fir available in the area, which is reflected in the amount of solid wooden construction. Does it sound like Harewood could be your next home? Contact us today to discuss your real estate goals and needs.
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