North Nanaimo (Dover Bay)
One of the more highly sought after areas of Nanaimo, the North end is also known as the Dover Bay area and is home to both newer and older, more established subdivisions. Many homebuyers are drawn to the area for the amenities such as schools, shopping centers, restaurants and grocery stores. Homes in this newer area of town are highly coveted for their spacious floor plans and stunning views. The ocean views in this area are phenomenal, with a huge expanse of water below, and Texada Island and the coastal mountains rising beyond.
The North Nanaimo real estate market has seen a tremendous amount of development in recent years. The neighborhood encompasses a large area of town, the majority of which runs along pristine waterfront. The area is also praised for its quiet streets and low crime rate compared to other neighbourhoods in town. If you're looking for a wonderful family-oriented environment, North Nanaimo real estate is perfect for setting down roots
North Nanaimo homes for sale also enjoy lots of nearby shopping in addition to dining, nearby parks, and public beach access.
Unlike some of the city's more established neighbourhoods, North Nanaimo real estate is relatively new. Much of the development in this area has taken place in the last 30 years, with newer subdivisions popping up all the time.
You'll find an abundance of cul-de-sac homes, in addition larger waterfront homes along the water. If you're looking to retire, there are a number of 50+ communities towards Dover Bay Secondary School.
It should be noted that most errands will require the use of a vehicle in North Nanaimo. Public transit is limited, and the area's many hills offer a challenge to even the most seasoned of cyclists.
North Nanaimo Amenities
Even if your home doesn't have a view of the ocean, you're almost guaranteed to have a nearby community park, nature trail or beach access within walking distance of most North Nanaimo homes for sale. One cannot talk about North Nanaimo without mentioning Woodgrove Centre, the Island's largest shopping mall. With over 724,713 square feet of retail space, you can really shop till you drop. Other notable stores in the area include Home Depot, Costco, Cabelas, Canadian Tire, The Bay, and Chapters.
North Nanaimo is also developing quite the reputation for its local dining scene. A favorite local pub in the area is The Longwood Brewpub, with a number of house-made beers on tap, as well as a fantastic Sunday brunch.
North Nanaimo Schools
Randerson Ridge Elementary
Ecole Hammond Bay Elementary (French Immersion instruction offered)
Dover Bay Secondary School
North Nanaimo Parks
Many neighborhoods in the North Nanaimo area have local playgrounds for toddlers and children.
Beach access in North Nanaimo can be found at stairwells located at Seabold, Blueback amd Invermere.
May Richard's Bennett Park has something for everyone. Here you'll find the popular Rotary Skate Park, tennis courts, great walking trails, a dog off leash park, playground, soccer and ball fields. Home to the Nanaimo Hornets Rugby teams and Nanaimo Football it’s a busy place on the weekends for field sports.
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