Houses for Sale in Cedar, BC
Search all Cedar Houses for Sale and real estate listings below. Cedar is a neighbourhood in Nanaimo, BC. In Cedar, Nanaimo, you’ll find homes built in the 80s and 90s that are situated on large lots of around a quarter in size and up, offering plenty of privacy and room for gardening and other activities.
Cedar has a history of being a working-class, rural neighbourhood, and its quiet roads with very little through traffic offer excellent privacy and tranquility. Be sure to register for a free account so that you can receive email alerts whenever new Cedar properties come on the market.
Real Estate in Cedar
Particularly attractive pockets in Cedar include the area directly around the Nanaimo River and the oceanfront area near Barnes Road, which is called Cedar By The Sea. In Cedar By The Sea, properties are available with sprawling views out over the Strait of Georgia and the many nearby islands, including Gabriola Island, Valdes Island, De Courcy Island, Ruxton Island, and more. The Cedar Boat Harbour is in this part of the neighbourhood and offers plenty of potential for nautical expeditions.
Slightly south of Cedar’s harbour, near the town of Ladysmith, there are oceanfront condo buildings built in the 1980s that could be very appealing options for retirees, those looking to downsize, young professionals who commute to Nanaimo, in addition to real estate investors looking for an income-producing vacation or long-term rental properties. These condos often offer unbeatable ocean views, in addition to impressive amenities, including pools, tennis courts, balconies, and patios. Condo units right along the coastline in Cedar offer an impressive mix of affordability, luxury, and convenience. Real estate investors should keep in mind that some properties in this area have resort zoning, allowing for vacation properties and shorter-term rentals.
Some of the best real estate investment opportunities in Cedar come from readily available undeveloped lots around a half-acre and up. Given the low-traffic streets, ocean views, and a vast network of trails and parks in the immediate area, real estate investors looking to build their own homes will have the opportunity to have access to some of the best of Vancouver Island living in Cedar. Because Cedar remains a largely rural neighbourhood, many properties are serviced by wells and septic systems.
About Cedar, Nanaimo, BC
South of the city of Nanaimo, along the banks of the Nanaimo River, you’ll find the small community of Cedar. Cedar was named after the Western Red Cedar trees that are abundant in the area, and it has a long history that stretches back to the late 19th century when a post office was first opened in the area. Long known as a rural, agricultural alternative to the more urban feel of Nanaimo, Cedar offers a range of interesting options to real estate investors.
The neighbourhood of Cedar can be found around 10 kilometers south of Nanaimo, and the drive along Cedar Road and the Trans Canada Highway to Downtown Nanaimo takes a bit over ten minutes, depending on traffic conditions. The drive to the Departure Bay Ferry Terminal—which offers frequent sailings to West Vancouver—takes around twenty minutes, and driving to the Duke Point Ferry Terminal—which offers sailings to Tsawwassen—takes only eight minutes. Because of Cedar’s location south of Nanaimo and near the highway, it provides speedy access to Victoria: only an hour and a half by car to Vancouver Island’s other major population area.
When one thinks of Cedar, one word that comes to mind is “spacious.” The neighbourhood is nearly as big as the rest of the city combined. In Cedar, you’ll find excellent hiking trails, lakes and rivers, and some of the most secluded wilderness zones in the Nanaimo area. Much of the land is agricultural or undeveloped, but a few stores and a neighbourhood pub are found. For young families looking for lots of room to grow or real estate investors looking to acquire large properties at relatively low prices, Cedar is filled with exciting prospects.
Things to Do in Cedar
Visit a Local Gallery
Cedar is home to a thriving community of local artists, and you’ll find plenty of small art galleries in the area along Barnes Road. The Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Tour takes place over two weekends each year, typically in November, and features the work of local artisans. You’ll find paintings, prints, home decor items, pottery, food products, and so much more.
Enjoy Cedar's Outdoor Attractions
Cedar residents are lucky to have one of the Nanaimo area’s top attractions right in their backyard. The Nanaimo River winds through Cedar and is equally synonymous with the city as the bathtub race or Nanaimo Bars. The Nanaimo River is deep and slow in many places, making it an ideal swimming river, with plenty of cliffs for the adventurous to jump off. Tubing down the river is another popular local activity, and even when it isn’t swimming weather, there are plenty of great hiking trails and bird-watching opportunities along the river.
Get a Bite at a Local Pub
Many of the small communities along the east coast of Vancouver Island have small neighbourhood pubs where locals and tourists alike gather, and Cedar is no exception. The Crow and Gate is an English-themed pub that features beautiful gardens and Tudor-style architecture. The Crow and Gate is known for its good food and seasonal menu items. During warmer months, you can grab a table outside in the garden and eat among the flowers and birds. When it’s colder out, the indoor dining area is truly cozy.