After The Old City neighbourhood, the University District was one the first areas for housing to develop. Along with the older homes, a large number of new single family homes and townhomes have popped up over the years, giving new life to this area. From its perch on the hill, Vancouver Island University provides this area with ever changing rental demand. Because of the natural “hilly” landscape, there are many beautiful homes with spectacular Coastal Mountain, Mount Benson, and water views.
The executive style homes of College Heights, across the Nanaimo Parkway from VIU, have some of the most panoramic views of Nanaimo and beyond. From the Annual Sales in 2017, the average selling price in this neighbourhood was $477,495 for a single family home compared to the Nanaimo area, single family home average sale price of $518,449.
The Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Nanaimo Ice Arena, Morrell Sanctuary, Colliery Dam are so close you can run, hike, swim, and skate on the same day. The Nanaimo Parkway, which can be accessed from the 3rd St. connector and 5th St. connector, affords easy access north or south to all of Nanaimo’s amenities. Both University Village and Port Place Mall have undergone recent renovations and expansions where everything from Shopper Drug Mart, Value Village and Starbucks to BC Liquor Store, Thrifty Foods and TD Bank is close at hand.
Mountain View Elementary, Park Avenue, Fairview and Georgia Avenue Elementary all feed into either John Barsby Community or Nanaimo District Secondary schools. Students at NDSS can take 4 years of French Immersion courses.
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