Living in Antigua



Why not really make yourselves at home on our island? Purchasing, renting or even building a second home here is as popular as ever, and there’s an increasingly wide choice of villas, apartments and real estate options to consider... 


The reasons behind our property boom are obvious. Antigua offers an enviable lifestyle of sun, sea and sand. The politics are stable and the economy is driven by tourism. Our 100,000 permanent residents are an interesting mix of people, not just from the Caribbean but from all over the world.


Antigua also prides itself on being a small but trusted financial centre. The long-established Global Bank of Commerce is just one of the licensed banks offering a full range of well-regulated, technology-driven financial services to anyone thinking of relocating to our shores.


Another huge incentive is that Antiguan passports may be obtained through our Citizenship Investment Programme (CIP) introduced on qualified properties. There are four different investment options starting at US$100,000 for a single applicant.


Where you live in Antigua is vital, of course, and will have a great impact on your own enjoyment, as well as on your property’s resale value. If you simply want to get away from it all, you should probably head southeast and settle in the scenic coastal areas around Brown's Bay and Nonsuch Bay. Alternatively, friendly communities and excellent beaches, as well as first-class infrastructures await in English Harbour in the south and Jolly Harbour in the west –Tamarind Hills overlooking Darkwood Beach, for example, takes luxury to new heights. Or you may prefer to be a hop, skip and jump away from our capital St. John's. Prime residential areas in the northwest include Dickenson Bay, Crosbies and Paradise View.


When it comes to shopping for your new home, you’ll also be spoilt for choice. Living Spaces and Townhouse Mega Store are just two island stores offering quality furniture for every room in the house. The emporium that is The Posh Pirate even sells quality antiques sourced directly from its international clientele. Of course, If you’re a Brit and prefer to ship your own furniture over, the Geest Line has been operating across the Atlantic Ocean for more than 65 years.


And you won’t have to compromise when it comes to stocking up your fridge either. Epicurean, Island Provisions and the Cork & Basket are just three stores able to provide everything from local fruit and veg to luxury biscuits from Waitrose and exceptional teas from Harney & Sons. 


Most property buyers are internet savvy nowadays. They arrive on the island having already narrowed down their options. They’ll probably have contacted a professional estate agent affiliated with ABRA, the Antigua Barbuda Association of Realtors. These property experts have access to a wide variety of pre-owned homes and villas and will advise you on the latest market conditions.


Antigua & Barbuda Sotheby’s International Realty is one of our leading real estate agencies. The company is exclusively affiliated with a local company boasting 15 years experience on the island. They don’t just represent private villas and popular developments, they’ll also point you in the right direction if you want to purchase a piece of land and build from scratch.


Indeed, the island is also blessed with a wealth of architects, builders and contractors who’ll be delighted to help you with anything from the design to the construction of your Antigua dream home. And with a reputable company like Anjo Insurances established on the island since 1928, you can be sure all your insurance needs will be met.  

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 If you're thinking of living in Antigua, THE ANTIGUAN is your insider guide to everything from the real estate companies to which part of the island is right for you...