Nanaimo Real Estate

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Nanaimo City Guide

84K
Population
6.5%
Population Growth
9%
Unemployment

The city of Nanaimo or as many like to call it “The Harbour City,” is located in the east coast of Vancouver Island and considered a gateway to a variety of cities, towns and wilderness spots, including Parksville, Tofino, Newcastle Island, Valdes Island and many other of the Gulf Islands. Over 90,000 residents call Nanaimo home including indigenous people from Snuneymuxw First Nations. In fact, the city got its name from the Snumeymuxw people — Nanaimo is the anglicized spelling and pronunciation of Snumeymuxw.

During the early years of the 19th century, Nanaimo was a well-known trading post in British Columbia but that changed once vast quantities of coal were found in the area. That’s when this port-of-call became a major exporter of coal. This led to the opening of many coal mines and factories which helped the area flourish and develop significantly over the years.

Today, Nanaimo is the gateway that connects the Strait of Georgia and the mainland of British Columbia through the Gulf Islands. It’s home to one of Vancouver Island’s main ferry terminals, which is why it gained the moniker: The Harbour City.

Similar to the other cities on the coast of British Columbia, Nanaimo also has a coastal climate with mild, rainy winters and cool, dry summers. While snowfall can occur during the winter, it rarely happens, which enables boats to travel in and out of the harbours freely. The mild climate also benefits other transportation centres, especially the multiple airports located throughout the island.

Nanaimo’s real estate marketplace is as versatile as it can get. You can find different properties from small, detached houses for sale, to beachfront property to luxury estates. All in all, the average house price in Nanaimo is somewhat lower compared to neighbouring cities on the island, like Victoria. Because of the diversity in housing and the lower house prices, Nanaimo’s housing market maintains a higher ownership rate when compared to other Canadian cities, with around 70% of the residents owning their own home.

Nanaimo’s residents also enjoy a pretty stable economy, with an employment rate of just over 94%, one of the highest employment rates in British Columbia. The largest portion of the employment force is in sales and service jobs such as retail, real estate and accommodation, with transportation and trade following close behind.

While the city initially started as a coal mining town, Nanaimo is now better known for its robust forestry industry, thanks to the MacMillan Bloedel pulp mill (which was actually built back in 1958). These days, forestry contributes more than half a million to the city’s economy each day. In addition to forestry, the city also boasts a thriving transportation and boating industry, as well as a blossoming tourism industry thanks to the multiple attractions Nanaimo and the surrounding area offers.

Nearby Cities

Some home buyers choose to purchase a house for sale in a nearby city and commute to Nanaimo for work. Typically, the trade-off is a longer commute for a larger home or property. Good options include Qualicum, Parksville, and Lantzville. Look for neighbourhoods that are closer to the highway or commuter train stations. Even cities that require a bit longer of a commute, such as Victoria, Courtenay, and Vancouver are good options as they offer more affordable detached homes.

City
(Top 5)
Active listings
1Nanaimo 739
2Lantzville 40

Demographics

Before becoming a resident of Nanaimo consider checking out the city. A good initial source is to look at Census Canada data. By becoming familiar with the city’s demographics, such as the median age of the population, average income, among other information, you can get a better idea on what you can expect if you were to set down roots in Nanaimo. All of this can help you determine if Nanaimo is the right choice for you and your family.

28%
Rent
72%
Own
$849
Monthly Rent (Median)
$948
Monthly Mortgage (Median)
22,975
Total Families
$52,744
Family Income (Median)
45
Age (Median)
56%
College Educated

Schools

Families looking for their next home in Nanaimo should consider looking into neighbourhoods with renowned elementary schools and low crime rates. The northern area of Nanaimo is known to offer better educational opportunities, as well as a safer environment to raise children, so if you’re relocating in Nanaimo in the near future, some of the better options for you would be Dover Bay, Hammond Bay, Cedar, Departure Bay, North Nanaimo, and South Jingle Pot.

Elementary Schools

7.5 Hammond Bay
6.6 Randerson Ridge
6.0 McGirr
5.3 Uplands Park
5.2 Rutherford

Secondary Schools

7.3 Dover Bay
5.8 Nanaimo District
5.0 Wellington
4.0 Woodlands
3.6 Cedar

Commuters

The most common transportation method in Nanaimo is with a vehicle, but the city offers 17 scheduled bus routes going across town. You can also decide to walk or ride a bicycle to get to your destination, but if you live in the more remote areas, you would have to rely on a car.

87%
Drive
4%
Transit
2%
Bike
7%
Walk

Local Scoop

The biggest attraction in Nanaimo is the huge bird sanctuary Buttertubs Marsh which is located right in the middle of the city and spreads out across 100 acres. Almost half — 46 acres — of this area is the Buttertubs Marsh Conservation Area owned by the Nature Trust of British Columbia. It’s home to hundreds of great blue herons, mallards, Canada geese, ring-necked ducks, hooded mergansers, American wigeons, violet-green swallows and red-winged blackbirds, as well as the only breeding site of the American bittern bird. It’s the pride jewel of Nanaimo.

Nanaimo is a location with tonnes of outdoor activities and a variety of parks. There are activities from sea to sky, food and beverage tasting, water tours and historical tours.

You can check the old city quarter that was recently revitalized. Catch a glimpse of the rich heritage of the city and of the Snumeymuxw people, who first inhabited this area. A great way to take in this history and culture is to check out the local stores, meander through the city’s various art galleries and to spend some time relaxing in the city’s many restaurants, cafes and pubs.

The foodie in the group won’t be disappointed in Nanaimo. There is a variety of local craft beers to sample and wine tours to experience. Pair these delicious treats with a freshly cooked meal, prepared with local ingredients, and you have the makings of a great Nanaimo foodie memory!  

For the adventurous, check out the local hiking trails or try a floating bike tour before spending an afternoon in a rented sea kayak before zipping down a 400-foot zip line across Nanaimo's Maffeo Sutton Park. If you have a few more bucks, consider viewing the city from the air on a seaplane or watch the whales in a boat tour.

For history buffs, be sure to take the 20-minute ferry ride to Gabriola Island, where 5,000-year-old petroglyphs can be seen. These petroglyphs were carved by the ancestors of the Snuneymuxw people and can be found throughout the island. To explore them better, you can find replicas of the original petroglyphs in Gabriola Museum’s Petroglyph Park.

During the weekends, you will notice hundreds of people enjoying time with their families by the sea and in the park. A favourite spot for locals is Neck Point Park where wildlife, birds and beautiful landscape are just part of the experience. Other parks that are worth the visit are Pipers Lagoon Park, Westwood Lake Park and Maffeo Sutton Park.

FAQs About NANAIMO Real Estate

According to current Nanaimo MLS© statistics, the average home listing price in Nanaimo, BC is $664,000.

Based on current Nanaimo MLS© data, the average detached house in Nanaimo, BC has a listing price of $853,000. In Nanaimo, detached houses are on the market for 0 days on average.

According to current Nanaimo MLS© data, the average condo in Nanaimo, BC has a listing price of $363,000. In Nanaimo, the average price for a 2-bedroom condo is $384,000 and the average price for a 1-bedroom condo is $309,000.

The average townhouse in Nanaimo has an average listing price of $553,000, which represents a 18.6% change in price from last year. There are currently 93 townhouses for sale in Nanaimo, BC.

According to Statistics Canada Census data, the median total household income in Nanaimo is $52,744 per year, which is below the national median income of $67,000 per year.

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