When you are looking at listings on the MLS system you will see what is referred to ‘sub areas’ in the system. If you’re not from Nanaimo and often even when you are, it may be a little confusing figuring out what Nanaimo’s neighbourhoods are. Below is a map of said areas provided by the local real estate board, VIREB.
You may notice that these do not 100% match how people commonly refer to different parts of Nanaimo. For example, I find that when most people refer to “North Nanaimo” they are referring to a much broader area than what is referred to by that name in the real estate system. For example there is a fairly good exploration of Nanaimo’s neighbourhoods here using terms that are more in line with how the general public speak of areas.
Regardless of how much research you do or what info you find, something you can only do in person is see how there is no succinct description that is true for all of the properties in that area. There are isolated feeling large properties right in the middle of town and there are sweeping ocean views from way way far away from the ocean. There are quiet condos right on busy roads too as soundproofing varies. It’s case by case and the general information is just that, general.