With much of its architecture dating back to the 1880’s, the Old City neighbourhood is the oldest and most charming of Nanaimo’s neighbourhoods. The mix of older character homes, waterfront condos, and classic homes from the 40’s & 50’s affords the home buyer much to choose from. While the condo developments have increased considerably over the past few years, many older developments such as Pacifica and Cameron Island enjoy panoramic coastal views. From the Annual Sales in 2017, the average selling price in this neighbourhood was $389,870 for a single family home compared to the Nanaimo area, single family home average sale price of $518,449.
The best part of living in the Old City neighbourhood is its “walkability”. Homeowners are within walking distance to the downtown’s vibrant restaurants, heritage shops and recently expanded Port Place Mall. Downtown Nanaimo is also home to the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Vancouver Island Conference Centre, the Port Theatre and the Bastion (circa 1853), the oldest structure of its kind in North America.
On a regular basis, runners, dog walkers and cyclists share the 4-kilometer paved splendor of the Seawall Walkway. Meandering along Nanaimo’s shoreline, through Maffeo Sutton Park and past the Nanaimo Harbour, the Seawall offers up the spectacular views of Georgia Strait, Newcastle Island, and Protection Island.
Fariview Elementary and Pauline Haarer (French Immersion) students feed into Nanaimo District Secondary School, with many graduates continuing on to Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island University.
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