Few places in Nanaimo exude the beauty and charm of yesterday quite like the Old City Quarter. Home to stunning harbour views, heritage buildings, and friendly neighbours, this dynamic community has universal appeal for residents and businesses alike.
Found in the heart of the city, residents love the convenient location of homes. Recent revitalization efforts have also brought new life into the Old City District in the form of restaurants, boutiques, and small businesses.
The area is also highly walkable, and has good access to public transportation, a scenic sea wall along the harbour, and Maffeo Sutton Park. Many of Nanaimo's star attractions like the Bastion, the Port Theatre, and the Nanaimo Museum are also just a stone's throw away. Read more about the Old City District.
It's hard not to fall in love with homes in the Old City Quarter. Many of the original buildings (dating as far back as the 1800s) have been wonderfully restored. In fact some of the most prestigious residences in Nanaimo can be found in the Old City Quarter.
Homebuyers can expect a mix of older homes with Craftsman, Edwardian and Victorian influences. Full of character and unique design elements, most come with desirable features like old growth hardwood flooring, established landscaping, and wooden porches. These handsome houses are popular with professionals, families, and investors.
If you're not interested in the upkeep of an older home, you can also find modern condo buildings and townhomes on the market.
Old City Quarter Amenities
One of the benefits of investing in Old City real estate is for its prime location near the best of what Nanaimo has to offer.
The area is well-known for its excellent dining scene. With over 65 restaurants in the downtown area, the hardest part will be choosing your favourite. Some local staples include Mon Petit Choux for French-style baked goods, Delicados for southwestern wraps, and Firehouse Grill for fusion sushi. For a fine-dining experience, try Asteras Greek Taverna for Mediterranean cuisine, LaStella Trattoria for handmade Italian, and The Nest Bistro for West Coast fare with flair.
If you love to shop, you'll be strategically located near one of Nanaimo's best shopping districts. You can find a wonderful variety of boutiques featuring everything from vintage chic to the latest runway fashions. There's also an abundance of art galleries, record, and thrift stores to explore. Port Place Shopping Centre is the local mall which is home to a Thrifty Foods, London Drugs, BC Liquor Store, banks, and restaurants. From Spring to Fall, the Downtown Farmers Market is a great place to find fresh local produce and locally made crafts and edibles.
One cannot forget to mention Downtown Nanaimo's lively nightlife. Head to the Queens Hotel for live music, Corner Lounge for late night cocktails, and Fibber Magees Irish Pub for great beer on tap.