Finding somewhere to live
There are no restrictions on buying property in the Isle of Man. Property purchasers will find a diverse range of properties available including apartments, bungalows, traditional terraced, semi and detached houses as well as quaint country cottage retreats and many large premium country and coastal properties.
Buying a house in the Isle of Man is a very similar process to that found in most parts of the UK. Once an offer is accepted and a survey carried out, mortgages can be arranged through local bank branches and contracts can be exchanged. Unlike the UK there is no Stamp Duty or Land Tax associated with buying a house.
There are a wide range of properties to rent on the Isle of Man through private landlords and estate agents. You will usually be required to provide references and a deposit for a property.
The capital of the Isle of Man, Douglas, is located in the east of the Island with a population of over 27,000 people. This is the home of the majority of the Island's businesses, retail and leisure facilities. Together with Onchan, it forms the largest residential area on the Island with short commute times and regular public transport.
In the east of the Island you will also find the quaint village of Laxey, located to the north of Onchan, it offers a quieter pace of life compared to that of Douglas and is identifiable by the famous Laxey Wheel.
If you're looking for a bit of culture in Douglas you could visit the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre, where you can watch a play or one of the many live music events. The Sayle Gallery along Douglas promenade hosts exhibitions from local and international artists and also offers artist courses and workshops throughout the year.
In the heart of Douglas you will discover a high standard of quality restaurants, bars and cafes. Douglas is the perfect destination to relax after work with a glass of wine, to entertain large groups of friends, or to find the perfect location for a quiet family meal. The North Quay in Douglas has established a reputation as the Island's finest destination to enjoy delicious food and drink.
The south boasts some of the best beaches and scenic spots around the old fishing towns of Port Erin and Port St Mary. The largest southern town, Castletown, has a population of over 3,000 and is dominated by the medieval fortress of Castle Rushen located around the old harbour. The morning commute to Douglas from the south takes around 25 minutes by car.
The south of the Island is great for watersports with coasteering, sea kayaking, sea swimming, diving, yachting and sailing all on offer throughout the year.
You can venture down to the Sound and Calf of Man to catch a view of the nature and wildlife on offer. The area is a hotspot for seals, basking sharks and the occasional dolphin, not forgetting the seabirds which can include Razorbill, Shag and Hen Harriers.
Being the ancient capital of the Isle of Man, Castletown, offers lots of local history. You will find the Old Grammar School which dates back to 1200AD, the Nautical Museum, the Old House of Keys and Castle Rushen.
Peel has a growing population of over 5,000 and stands out in the west of the Island with idyllic sunsets and winding roads filled with unusual properties. Further along the west coast you're sure to find a house with a view of the Irish Mountains and Irish Sea.
The smaller village of St John's is home to Tynwald Hill, the Manx Parliament's most important landmark. St John's is also home to the only Manx speaking school in the world, Bunscoill Ghaelgagh. The morning commute from Peel to Douglas will take around 25 minutes as you drive across the Island.
Peel is still a thriving Manx fishing port with a long history. You can explore some of this history with a tour of Moore's Traditional Curers which is a working factory and has been curing the famous Manx kippers for over 100 years. Or visit the House of Manannan to explore the Isle of Man's Celtic, Viking and maritime past. The ruins of Peel Castle, located on St Patrick's Isle, are of importance to Manx history and give spectacular views out to sea.
If you fancy being a bit more active you could spend a day down in South Barrule, which is located 10 minutes outside of Peel. Being one of the largest forests on the Island, you will find plenty to do, including Ape Mann Adventure Park with a high rope climbing course and a 300 foot long zip wire, Laser-Mayhem based in a pretend battlefield and Segway tours to test your balance.
The north of the Isle of Man offers a diverse range of property, from small apartment rentals in Ramsey (population 8,000) to large houses in the Bride countryside. In the north of the Island there are smaller villages outside of Ramsey, Kirk Michael, Jurby, Andreas and Bride, which are perfect if you enjoy the quieter life.
Commuting from Ramsey to Douglas over the Mountain Road will take approximately 25 minutes.
The north boasts some of the best nature reserves on the Island with the Ayres Nature Reserve – at the most northerly point of the Island. Keep your eyes out for the animal habitats, rare plants, basking sharks and seals. At the Curraghs Wildlife Park you will find animals from all around the world including meerkats, penguins, wallabies and red pandas.
The Venture Centre in Maughold is set in the perfect location for all types of adventure sports ranging from: kayaking, abseiling, assault courses, gorge walking, powerboating and team challenge events. The north of the Island offers some of the most amazing spots for cliff abseiling and on a clear day you may even catch a glimpse of the Lake District mountains.
If you fancy a relaxing and easier cycling adventure, the north of the Isle of Man will be perfect as the roads are much flatter compared to the rest of the Island. In the gentle landscape of the northern plain you will be greeted with the quiet countryside and can find yourself a local pub to relax in after your cycle.
Derby Square in Douglas, Isle of Man
Begin your property search via one of the Island's estate agents:
- Black Grace Cowley
- Carter Moon
- Cowley Groves
- Garforth Gray
- Harmony Homes
- Lowey & Co
- Prosearch (rentals)
Start looking for job opportunities on the Isle of Man: