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Revitalized Area Centered Around VIU!

University District Real Estate

The University District neighbourhood is self-explanatory, in that properties encircle Vancouver Island University: a world-class learning institution that plays a huge role in the educational, cultural, and economic life of Nanaimo. This district is one of Nanaimo's most desirable due to its proximity to VIU, as well as the University Village Shopping Centre and both indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. Contact Carly Carey today to start your home search, or click to learn more about University District real estate.

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Great Amenities
Educational Opportunties

University District Real Estate Stats

Average Home Price $657K
Lowest Priced Home $395K
Highest Listing Price $900K
Total Property Listings 15
Avg. Days On Market 29
Avg. Price/SQFT $433

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bringing together old & new

University District Overview

Harewood is a neighbourhood within the University District, known for its charming character homes—remnants from Nanaimo's intriguing mining history. The influx of young families and students attending the university has shaped the revitalization of this neighbourhood.

The area now offers a fascinating selection of both old character homes and brand new development.

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Character Homes
Investment Properties
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High-Profile Homes

University District Real Estate Highlights

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    Affordable character homes with a fascinating history
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    Plenty of new construction in brand-new subdivisions
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    Direct access to Vancouver Island University
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    Great investment opportunities catering to the high student population
Life In The University District Colliery Dam provides shaded, established trails to walk your dog (both on-leash and off-leash areas available) as well as steep, winding hikes for an awesome workout!
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everything you'll ever need

Great Shopping

The University District is just minutes from the University Village Shopping Centre, which offers essentials like grocery stores, cafes and a Starbucks, pharmacies and a Shoppers Drug Mart, and other desirable amenities in a well-manicured plaza with ample parking. Family-owned restaurants, thrift stores, and more are found in this neighbourhood, alongside public transit and bikable streets.

The Nanaimo Parkway grants you easy access to all of the other shopping malls and services that Nanaimo has to offer.

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University District Real Estate

While the University District is recognized for its eccentric mixture of old and new properties, this neighbourhood's real estate market extends beyond just single-family homes. Prospective buyers can select from a number of desirable townhomes, built in traditional styles, that are located near the University campus. 

For those interested in building their own custom home, the neighborhood sometimes offers land or tear-down opportunities. 

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Top University District Highlights & Attractions

Residents also enjoy being within walking distance to the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre with its pools, waterslides, and fitness facility, as well as the Nanaimo Ice Centre and the ball fields. Family-friendly amenities attract a range of homebuyers. Additionally, like many other Nanaimo neighbourhoods, the University District is home to several parks and green spaces, which range in size. This includes the old athletic field, Robins Park, Harewood Centennial Park, and the Serauxmen Sports Fields at Third Street Park.

Nearby schools include Fairview Elementary, Georgia Avenue Elementary, Nanaimo District Elementary School, and John Barsby Secondary.


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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.