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We relocated here (from the UK) in 2005, and found and bought our dream home. It wasn’t easy, but we learned a lot! So whether you’re looking for domestic or commercial property, we can help you find and buy it.

We are not Estate Agents{1}. We act for you - the buyer - and not for the vendor. Our sole concern is meeting your requirements.

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How to buy property on St. Helena

The Districts of St. Helena
The Districts of St. Helena

St. Helena is small - 47 Square Miles. Although an airport is under construction, which will dramatically increase the desirability of owning property here, development is being deliberately restricted. Local people rarely move house, so there are very few properties available at any one time. The limited development that is being permitted could be entirely taken up by local need.

When properties are sold they are not always advertised. The island’s only estate agency has very few properties on its books - check out its website: www.tps.co.sh. So buying property here is not just a case of signing up with estate agencies and waiting to see what you are offered. We found our property by asking around - if we’d waited for it to be advertised we would never have known it was for sale. That’s not an easy way to shop for property if you don’t already live here.

You could try placing a “wanted” advert in the island’s leading newspaper, St. Helena Independent. You may get some offers, but those who have tried it tell us the response is slight. Most local people prefer to deal with someone they know, not with an anonymous email address.

Or you could come here and do the hunting yourself. We’d advise making provision for a two month visit.

Please also be aware that, unless you have “Saint Helena Status” (basically, that you are an islander, a direct descendent thereof, or have applied for and been granted Status) you will need an Immigrant Landholding License to own any property here of two acres or more{2}. We can help you apply for this.

Here are some examples of St. Helena properties.{3}

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A house in Market Street, Jamestown

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Georgian properties in Main Street, Jamestown

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Housing at The Briars, where Napoleon first stayed

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Lower Jamestown, from the head of the valley

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Upper Jamestown, squeezed into the valley

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High Knoll and Pouncey’s, from the Fort

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High Knoll Fort backdrop

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Isolated farm house overlooking Sandy Bay

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Longwood from Halley’s Observatory

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Moonlight over the sea

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One of the more developed country areas

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Upper Sandy Bay from Diana’s Peak

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Isolated house with a great view

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Barren Ground from the top of High Hill

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Plantation House, The Governor’s Residence

 

How we work

We act as your agents and work on your behalf only. We do not take commissions from vendors or estate agents.

We agree with you a brief for the type of property you want. Commercial, domestic, land for development, buildings in need of restoration, freehold or leasehold.

We then use our contacts to find property that could meet your requirements. With your agreement we may also advertise in the local media, giving ourselves as the contact. We liaise with the vendors or their agents to establish complete details and asking prices, and report back to you.

Our report contains full contact details for each property. You can use it to negotiate the purchase yourself, or we can act as your agents and negotiate on your behalf.

When you have agreed a purchase we can also help you to submit your application for an Immigrant Landholding Licence.

The following images illustrate aspects of the lifestyle on St. Helena. There are more on the site Click for: sainthelenaisland.info • Saint Helena Island Info • opens in a new window or tabSaint Helena Island Info.

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Arriving at St. Helena

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The Grand Parade, quiet on a Saturday afternoon

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Freedom for children to play

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The large swimming pool in Jamestown

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A place to relax in the sun

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Fun on Francis Plain

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Even The Governor (falling) joins in the fun

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More modern cars are available

 

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Our charges

Our charges are based on the time we spend and any expenses we incur. They are not related to the size of property - just to the time we spend working for you, which we fully itemise. We negotiate the rate of charge with you before the work commences and bill you monthly in arrears. You can stop us working for you at any time, even if the work is not complete, and we will bill you up to that point only - there is no ‘early cancellation’ fee.

Please note that this is not a success-based fee. However, we ask you to specify your requirements before we start working for you, and if we do not believe your requirements can be met we’ll say so before any charges are incurred.

The first step

Read more about the island on Click for: sainthelenaisland.info • Saint Helena Island Info • opens in a new window or tabSaint Helena Island Info and look at the other sites on our Related Sites page, then contact us to discuss your requirements. The more you can tell us about your needs the better we can advise on whether we can help.

Please feel free to make initial contact using a disposable email address (e.g. Hotmail), though before we can start working for you we will need an attributable email address and contact details.

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Footnotes:

{1} Known in some places as Real-Estate Agents or Realtors. Estate Agents promote the property to potential purchasers, acting on behalf of the vendor.

{2} This is, of course, a gross over-simplification of the rules. We can advise on the detail when we work for you and know your circumstances

{3} Please note that inclusion here does not indicate that the property in question is for sale, or that it ever would be. These are examples only.

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