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Nanaimo Waterfront Real Estate

 Incorporated in 1874, Nanaimo is Vancouver Island's second-most populated city, and is recognized for its coastal views and small-town feel. This municipality has a distinct, artsy atmosphere, with museums, galleries, and the seaside for inspirations. Nanaimo's waterfront homes for sale are some of the most desired real estate in the city, for they offer privacy and unparalleled scenic beauty. Contact Carly Carey today to start your waterfront property search, or click to learn more about Nanaimo waterfront homes for sale.

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Nanaimo Waterfront Home Statistics

Average Price $2.2M
Lowest Price $688K
Highest Price $4.5M
Total Listings 19
Avg. Days On Market 55
Avg. Price/SQFT $752

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Nanaimo Waterfront Home Highlights

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    Properties located near the city center, or on private, rural lots
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    Easy access to outdoor recreation on the water, such as boating
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    Desirability means that waterfront homes appreciate in value
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    Custom homes or the chance to build on a vacant lot are often listed
The Waterfront Home Lifestyle In NanaimoThough an ocean city, Nanaimo's waterfront properties also include the many homes situated on the rivers and lakes.
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Nanaimo Waterfront Homes

The waterfront homes for sale in Nanaimo include some of the most luxurious properties on the market. Appealing to a range of buyers, these homes vary in type (oceanfront, lakefront, and even riverfront) and style (Contemporary and Traditional), meaning that there is a lot of choice available. 

With a variety of architectural styles and construction dates comes a variation of price points. Investors or homeowners looking to renovate an existing property might select the 1980s (and prior) ranches, which typically hit the market at a lower price point. Of course, Nanaimo also offers custom-built properties and new construction homes, though these typically begin at higher prices. 

One of the best features of a waterfront home in Nanaimo—other than the scenic views, of course—is the privacy that these properties provide. With one side of the home backing onto the water, residents have fewer neighbours.

While water access is not always guaranteed, some of the waterfront homes for sale have private docks or beaches. The neighbourhood of North Nanaimo, for example, is recognized for its waterfront properties, many of which connect directly to the rocky shoreline. Away from the city center, homebuyers can select from lakefront and riverfront homes, which are just as exclusive and desired.

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Nanaimo Waterfront Lifestyle

An active city, Nanaimo boasts a range of activities for residents to enjoy. This includes everything from art to outdoor recreation. 

The Nanaimo area (and the Gulf Islands) attract artistic individuals. A lot of this is due to the festivals, concerts, shows, events, and performances that are hosted throughout the year. 

For the outdoorsy types, those with furry friends, or families with kids, Nanaimo is home to a number of parks and green spaces, listed below:

  • Mafeo Sutton Park: Overlooking Nanaimo’s famous harbour, this park makes a great destination for playground playdates, walking in the evening, or enjoying a picnic on the weekends.
  • Mansfield Park: This beloved park features a playfield area, a playground, and even a fun water feature. It was upgraded in 2013.
  • Bowen Park: Nestled in the heart of the city, this park offers a lot of great features, including playgrounds, sports fields (such as tennis courts and volleyball fields), horseshoe pits, and, in the summer, an outdoor swimming pool.

If you’re keen to spot some wildlife, the duck pond in Bowen Park is a popular attraction, with over 350 species of waterfowl.

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Top Nanaimo Waterfront Highlights & Attractions

From boating to hiking, there's much to see and do around Nanaimo all year-round. Of course, the city's excellent waterfront location combined with its friendly, welcoming community means that there are a number of events that residents and visitors can partake in. See some of the most popular events, both on the water and in the heart of the city, below:

  • Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival
  • Great International World Championship Bathtub Races
  • Nanaimo International Jazz Festival
  • Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival
  • Nanaimo Marine Festival

Nanaimo boasts an abundance of natural beauty, offering a little something for everyone. Passionate hikers and campers can explore the wild terrain surrounding the city: mature forests, sandy shorelines, and freshwater lakes. For those who aren't hikers, the city provides ample alternatives to get outdoors, such as golfing, kayaking, and swimming. Plus, Nanaimo features twelve off-leash dog parks, so your furry friend can have some fun, too.


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Nanaimo Waterfront Homes Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are waterfront properties a good investment?

A: A beautiful waterfront home can often bring an excellent return on investment, if wanting to sell in the future. There is also the option to rent out a property for additional income, but first ensure that your home/area falls under the necessary guidelines to be considered a vacation rental.

Q: How common are waterfront homes on the Nanaimo market?

A: Waterfront homes are some of the most desirable properties in Nanaimo. Because they typically sell quickly, a home with views of the water can be an alternative for some buyers. Connect with Carly Carey for an expert's advice in finding a waterfront home in the city.

Q: Do all oceanfront homes have beach access?

A: It is not always guaranteed that oceanfront properties have beach access. Unfortunately, this is just the way Nanaimo's waterfront is. However, residents are never too far away from a beach or boat dock.

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