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Nanaimo Luxury Homes

An upbeat city on the east coast of Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is home to beautiful parks, top-rated schools, superb shopping and dining options, and exclusive luxury properties. Nanaimo's luxury homes for sale range from gorgeous, private estates to modern harbourfront condos with ample amenities. With a laid-back atmosphere and striking natural beauty, Nanaimo has everything you need right on your doorstep. Plus, Vancouver is just a ferry ride away. Contact Carly Carey today to start your home search, or click to learn more about Nanaimo luxury homes for sale.

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Nanaimo Luxury Home Statistics

Average Price $1.3M
Lowest Price $800K
Highest Price $15.4M
Total Listings 351
Avg. Days On Market 55
Avg. Price/SQFT $520

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Nanaimo Luxury Highlights

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    Custom-built homes offer personalized designs and features
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    Premier lots with some of the best views in the city
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    Great locations close to the city center, or private lots away from the hustle and bustle
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    Considerable square footage for a range of buyers: families, professionals, and more
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Waterfront Living With Luxury Amenities

Nanaimo Luxury Homes

Luxury homes for sale in Nanaimo are designed to impress. Properties on the market often feature large bedrooms and bathrooms and beautifully landscaped grounds, using high-quality materials in their construction. As well, luxury homes are located in desirable neighbourhoods, and many offer sweeping views of the ocean, forest, and/or mountains. 

Most single-family luxury homes in Nanaimo are custom-built, so buyers have some choice in architectural styles. Designs include the prevalent West Coast style, which include both single-storey and multiple-storey options. Other architectural styles include Contemporary constructions as well as rustic-chic log homes.

While amenities range from property to property, popular characteristics of Nanaimo's luxury homes include large windows with lots of natural light, large decks and/or balconies, fireplaces, gourmet kitchens, home offices, and multi-car garages. In some of the premier listings, homes can also have hot tubs, swimming pools, boat docks and water access, and guest suites or cottages.

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Nanaimo At A Glance

Nanaimo offers the best of both worlds—the conveniences of an urban centre and incredible nature surrounding the city. Popular activities include hiking and golfing, but Nanaimo also offers scuba diving, bungee jumping, and wildlife watching for those who are very adventurous.

Nanaimo typically experiences mild winters and warm summers. This makes it easy to get out and enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Residents can stroll along the rocky beaches and explore the city's forest trails and mountain paths. For residents with young kids or furry friends, Nanaimo also has a number of parks, which include Swy-a-lana Lagoon Park and May Richards Bennett Pioneer Park. 

The Nanaimo downtown has a wide selection of restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. Must-try spots include Longwood Brewery, Smokin George's, melange, and Nori Japanese. Additionally, the downtown mixes large, familiar chains with local businesses—perhaps part of the reason why the area has such a thriving arts scene.

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Top Nanaimo Highlights & Attractions

With a population of about 100,000 people, Nanaimo is considered to be a smaller city. Despite this, it offers all of the necessities (and more) that residents require. Its a short commute to the downtown core, especially for those who live in desirable neighbourhoods such as the University District or Central Nanaimo. The Old City district showcases a range of boutique shops, restaurants, banks, spas, and more. Nanaimo also hosts a variety of festivals year-round, such as the International Jazz Festival in September and the Seafood Festival in June.

Families will find excellent schools in Nanaimo for children of all ages. There are over 30 public schools in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith statistical area, as well as several independent schools. Nanaimo is also home to the Vancouver Island University campus.

Nanaimo also has its own ferry terminals, which connect to the surrounding islands (Newcastle Island, Protection Island, and Gabriola Island) as well as the mainland. The Departure Bay ferry takes passengers to Horseshoe Bay, which is about a 30-minute drive north of downtown Vancouver. 

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Nanaimo Luxury Real Estate Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Nanaimo a good place to live?

A: Nanaimo offers a very high quality of life compared to other urban centres in Canada. Residents will find plenty to do including a wide range of outdoor activities and cultural events. Plus you have everything you need for everyday life in the city including excellent schools, restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, recreational facilities, and parks. Nanaimo also enjoys an ideal location just across from Vancouver on the western coast of the Strait of Georgia.

Q: How far is Nanaimo from Vancouver?

A: The ferry ride from the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver takes about one hour and 40 minutes. Ferries leave every two hours.

Q: What is considered a luxury home in Nanaimo?

A: Nanaimo luxury homes are generally priced in the top 10% of the Vancouver Island real estate market. They often have very generous square footage, prime locations with great views, high-end finishes, and excellent amenities.

Q: Can you help me sell my luxury property in Nanaimo?

A: Absolutely! I have a wealth of experience selling luxury real estate on Vancouver Island, from waterfront estates to exclusive vacation homes, land for sale, and more. I can devise a unique marketing plan to highlight your property's best assets and tap into a network of international connections to give you the highest possible leads and reach.

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If you would like to discuss your central Vancouver Island real estate questions from Lake Cowichan through Qualicum and everywhere in between, please reach out. I love talking about Naniamo real estate and I can’t wait to meet you to discuss your next home with you.