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.

Searching for somewhere to live in the Isle of Man and not sure where to begin? Our guide will help you through the process of buying or renting your dream home in the Isle of Man. Whether you're looking for a cottage by the sea in Peel, or a townhouse in bustling Douglas, you're sure to find the perfect place to call 'home' in the Isle of Man.

1) Figure out your budget

The average house price in the Isle of Man is £386,995 and the average cost of a flat is £187,002. Property purchasers will find a diverse range of properties available including apartments, bungalows, traditional terraced, semi and detached houses as well as quaint cottages and large premium country and coastal properties. So don't worry if your budget is in the lower or higher figures, as you will be sure to find the right property for you and your family.

2) Location, Location, Location

Location is everything and you want to make sure you choose the right town or village for you. On the east coast, you'll find Douglas, Laxey and Onchan, which is the largest residential area on the Island with short commute times and regular public transport. You'll find the south is home to some of the best beaches and scenic spots, with residential areas based around the old fishing towns of Port Erin, Port St Mary and Castletown. The growing town of Peel on the west coast of the Island boasts some of the most idyllic sunsets and newly developed estates have plenty of contemporary properties on offer. In the north of the Island there are smaller villages outside of the town of Ramsey, such as Kirk Michael, Jurby, Andreas and Bride, which are perfect if you are looking for a quieter, more rural property.

3) Local estate agents

Worried you won't find the property you had in mind? With many estate agents based in the Isle of Man and the number of house sales at over 900 a year, there is plenty of help available to ensure you find your dream home. The Isle of Man uses the same 1979 Estate Agents legislative act as the UK, so if you've bought a house in the UK previously, the system works the same here.

4) Take the scenic route home

At 33 miles long and 13 miles wide, you are never too far from home on the Isle of Man - in fact, the average commute time is just 20 minutes! Many residents choose to walk or cycle to work and enjoy the active lifestyle the Island has to offer, but if you are planning on bringing or purchasing a car, take a read of our guide to driving.

5) Prepare for moving day

With your moving day edging ever closer, don't forget to organise dates with your removal company and to book your car and family onto the Steam Packet boat. There are a number of on-Island removal companies to assist you on your move to the Isle of Man, which can take some of the moving day stresses away!

Want to know more about living and working in the Isle of Man? Contact one of the dedicated Locate team to find out more.

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