Build a Better Life in the Channel Islands

The islands are renowned as great holiday destinations but are now fast carving out a reputation as hotspots for lifestyle relocations. On the doorsteps of the United Kingdom and France, the Channel Islands which are made up of Jersey and Guernsey (and the smaller islands that make up the Bailiwick of Guernsey – Alderney, Sark and Herm) are destinations just close enough for many relocators to still feel at home, while offering a huge difference in lifestyle.

Those who get in touch with Livingroom Property about relocating to the islands often ask what it’s really like to live here, and I am able to answer with confidence every time, that you can build a better life for yourself and your family in the Channel Islands.

As the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic begin to recede, many people have decided to act on the resolutions they made in the height of the pandemic: to have more space, to get outdoors and to spend additional time with their families – to be happier.

As places to live, the islands are full of nuance so it’s impossible to spell out their differences at length here, but both have plenty of their own merits.

“Beaches laden with golden sand; crystal-clear waters; a vibrant and diverse restaurant scene; stunning natural beauty; world-class business links; executive-level career options; welcoming communities characterised by kindness and neighbourliness – it’s a rare combination, but the Channel Islands truly have it all.”

Two islands, two choices

Guernsey offers a discreet, quiet way of life – privacy is vital and respected – and a strong French influence in its charming main town of St Peter Port.

Jersey has a vibrant social scene, a more recognisable high-street shopping experience for those from the UK, and no end of luxury touches from spa hotels to high-end restaurants.

Both islands benefit from a range of property choices from stylish apartments to multi-generational family homes in the countryside, from Georgian townhouses to characterful farmhouses and country estates, there’s a home for everyone in the Channel Islands.

The pursuit of happiness

The Channel Islands are the perfect bases to relocate to if you’re looking to enjoy a high quality of life with a great work-life balance.

If you’re still working, both islands possess mature financial and professional services industries that are the backbone of their economies. This results in the islands being intricate parts of global business networks, offering executive-level jobs, and all the reputational benefits of working in an esteemed international finance centre.

Aerial shot of property in Guernsey with  swimming pool.

“The best way to learn about the selling points of each island is to explore them for yourselves; you’ll love what you find.”

The pandemic has also caused many to consider whether they want to work quite as much, or at all. The islands can help by offering a range of things to do with greatly reduced commute times, due to their size. No longer need you commute for hours each day-as little as 40 minutes could be your new normal.

As Livingroom Property is the Channel Island Estate Agent, with offices in both Guernsey and Jersey and a 30+ professional team with more than 200 years of
combined experience, we can offer a unique and educated perspective on Channel Island life.

Get in touch with the team at Livingroom to ask any questions you might have. Our award-winning, bespoke service reflects the islands we work in: we’re approachable, inclusive and extremely proud to be the ‘one and only’ Channel Island Estate Agents.
Guernsey T (0) 1481 715555 E
Jersey T (0) 1534 717100 E