Where are the most desirable locations on the Islands?
Richard Fox, Director, Savills Guernsey Residential People like to be within easy driving distance of St Peter Port as almost everything centres around the town, but you’re never that far from shops on the island. However, many look for privacy. Even on an island of only 25 sq miles, there are niche areas – Fort George, Village de Putron and Kings Mills – that have evolved because of their attractive surroundings, characterful architecture, beautiful scenery and walks, or proximity to good restaurants and amenities.
Geri O’Brien, Director, Savills Jersey Residential St Helier is desirable because it’s both cosmopolitan and historic. The island’s landscape is astonishingly varied, and this dictates choice of location. The north-west corner, around St Ouen and St Peter, is similar to Cornwall, with sheer cliffs and high ground. In the south-east, near Grouville, the flat scenery is redolent of the Lincolnshire Wolds.
What styles of property do buyers look for?
GO Properties with sea views in the west – in an area such as St Brelade – and around the south coast are very desirable. There are lots of modern, turn-key properties with sea views. There are more new builds and renovations, and these command a high price. Country residences that offer more privacy are also popular with prime buyers. You tend to get more privacy at country houses than you do with homes on the coast.
RF Prime properties divide into three areas: substantial estates with land, which are rare, simply because of the island’s size; large period houses in the centre of the capital, St Peter Port; and new-build super-prime property built largely on the elevated south-east cliffs with some of the best sea views in all of the Channel Islands.
Tell us a cultural highlight of the island.
RF Liberation Day is of great significance to all the Channel Islands and is marked by a bank holiday. There are events throughout the day, mostly around the piers and seafront of St Peter Port, which is traffic-free for the day. There are community-based activities, a military cavalcade, food tents, craft displays… all culminating in music and a firework display over the harbour in the evening.
GO Our food fayres are amazing. We have events – a Portuguese week and a French week, for example – with food demonstrations and local chefs taking part. Jersey is great in the summer – you’ve got so many things going on as well as beautiful coastal walks. There’s really no need to leave the island.
Three standout Channel Islands properties
Three fabulous properties in some of Guernsey and Jersey’s most sought-after locations
St Peter Port, Guernsey
An attractive Georgian manor with the elegance of a French country house, set in two acres of beautifully tended gardens.
Village De Putron, Guernsey
An inspirational property combining luxurious finishes and international influences with panoramic sea views.
St Martin, Jersey
Overlooking Gorey harbour, this grand residence has a boat mooring, swimming complex and a separate guest lodge.