Nanaimo Homes and Home Styles

Nanaimo offers a variety of home styles.

When looking for a home price is one of the main criteria you use to start your search as a first time home buyer. When you buy your second home however you probably have more of an check list such as number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms and style of home. Below I have images and descriptions of various types of home styles. There are many other types of homes but this brief list covers most of the styles of homes in Nanaimo. Note: The main level is the floor that has the kitchen. In a home with a suite it would be where the main residence kitchen is.

West Coast Contemporary Home
West Coast Contemporary Home

This home style features vaulted ceilings, dramatic windows and roof lines. The higher end homes feature large beams and stone fireplaces. Crawl, slab or basement.

Rancher Style Home
Rancher style home.

This home is set on one level and is either on slab or a crawl. It is the most expensive to build because the roof and foundation increase directly with the square footage.

Main Level Entry Home with basement
Main Level Entry with basement

A two storey home with main level entry and a walk out basement. This home is ideal on a lot that slopes down to the back.

Split Level Home
Split Level Home

This home features multiple levels connected by short staircases. A side-split is most common in Nanaimo.

Split Entry Home
Split Entry Home

This home has an entry in the middle with stairs up to main floor and down to basement.

Ground Level Entry Home- Main Up
Ground Level Entry - Main Up

Two storey with main floor upstairs. This home is ideal on a lot that slopes up to the back of the property or if there is a view available from the second floor.

Two Storey - Main Level Entry Home
Two Storey - Main Level Entry

A two storey home with entry on the main level. Main level is on the lower level. On either crawl or slab.

Town House

Two or more storey residence with private main level entry (may include basement). They are usually strata title and have monthly fees to cover landscaping, snow removal and other common costs.

Patio Home

One level dwelling in complex with individual entrance at street level ( may include basement below grade). This style home is popular with seniors because there are no stairs. They are usually strata title and have monthly fees to cover landscaping, snow removal and other common costs.


Multi-story hotel-style accommodations with the following types of access: security, outer stair access, interior stair or elevator, hallway.

Side X Side (Duplex) or Up & Down (Duplex)

Two separate title units with common roof. Must have two insurance policies.

Float Home

Any style of home that uses a flotation device and yes some have basements! This is not very common in Nanaimo.


A log home typically built with cedar. Many of these are built locally but most are sold to Japan.

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Doug Belcher REMAX Nanaimo

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