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With the island lying 70 miles from the English South coast and only 25 miles west of the French Normandy coast, both English and French influences have created Guernsey’s unique lifestyle and sophisticated culture.
The historic town of St Peter Port combines quaint cobbled streets with bustling commerce interspersed with a diversity of restaurants. Concert halls regularly offer a range of intelligent and entertaining events, there are thriving community associations, several gyms and a huge range of Sports clubs offering .facilities and competition at a level that would be the envy of much larger communities.
Boating enthusiasts enjoy excellent facilities around the harbour and its two marinas, the east and south coast cliffs provide dramatic scenery in which to walk and enjoy kayaking and coasteering, and sandy west coast bays are ideal for swimming, surfing and enjoying the sunshine.
Renowned for its political stability, Guernsey is a well-regarded and carefully regulated “White List” international offshore financial centre providing genuine low tax advantages, including a 20% flat rate of Income Tax and absence of Death Duties, Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax – and there is no VAT.
Guernsey also has a significantly low crime rate and there are excellent medical and educational facilities available whilst both air and fast car ferries provide direct and daily links to England, Jersey and France.
There are approximately 1,600 open market properties on the island, many of which are considered Guernsey’s finest homes. They are available for purchase or rent and occupation by anyone with the right to live in the UK or other EU member states.
Approximately 90% of the 22,000 houses in Guernsey are local market. They can only be occupied by locally qualified residents or by non-local persons who have been granted an essential Housing License by the States Housing Authority. Some of the jobs advertised locally will have a Housing License available as part of their terms of employment.
If you would like more details of the Guernsey Housing Control Law, contact States Housing Authority, Sir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1FH Tel 01481 717000, Fax 01481 713976.