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Jersey’s main town is as charm­ing as it is ex­clu­sive, finds Eleanor Doughty

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Jersey’s main town is as charm­ing as it is ex­clu­sive, finds Eleanor Doughty

The par­ish of St he­lier and its town, the cap­i­tal of Jersey, may only be home to 33,500 peo­ple, but they still pack a punch, not least where your cheque­book is con­cerned.

‘The english market is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the Jersey market,’ ex­plains Pat Lyons, founder of Lyons es­tates (01534 481894; www.lyons­es­ She brings the point home with a com­par­i­son: a three­bed­room house with park­ing and a gar­den may cost £500,000 in Jersey, but, in some parts of eng­land, with that bud­get, you’d get the same prop­erty—plus about three acres. ‘First-time-buyer prop­er­ties [in Jersey] don’t sell for less than £450,000.’

For a four-bed­room de­tached house, you need to bud­get about £750,000, says Deb­o­rah Pira, di­rec­tor of agents Beach & Coun­try (07700 800501; www.beachand­coun­ ‘I have a lot of cus­tomers who are look­ing in the £1 mil­lion range and you think for that you’re go­ing to get some­thing amaz­ing, but it’s not like that here—it’s ex­pen­sive.’

Al­though St he­lier isn’t quite on a par with Lon­don, where, ear­lier this year, av­er­age ask­ing prices hit £650,000 ac­cord­ing to the Right­move house Price Index, ‘it’s go­ing more that way. The high-net-worth in­di­vid­u­als are com­ing in and, be­cause this is an is­land, you can’t go to the next town to look for some­thing else, so the prices are el­e­vated’.

how­ever, if you do have a suit­able bud­get, there’s much to choose from. ‘The town it­self is very cos­mopoli­tan,’ Mrs Pira says. It’s dif­fi­cult to com­pare it to an english town, ac­cord­ing to Miss Lyons, but Can­ter­bury is near­est ‘or cer­tain parts of Devon’.

‘It’s a lovely town,’ con­tin­ues Mrs Pira. ‘Quite di­verse.’

The en­tire par­ish cer­tainly of­fers great ar­chi­tec­tural va­ri­ety. In the heart of St he­lier, which has be­come ‘very much a fi­nance cen­tre,’ ac­cord­ing to Mrs Pira, ‘there’s a lot of mod­ern, glass [prop­er­ties]… a great deal of that mod­ern look has now come in.’ Oth­er­wise, the older, tra­di­tional Jersey gran­ite houses are largely to be found in the coun­try­side.

You can also find a crop of pic­turesque mid-19th-cen­tury and late-20th-cen­tury prop­er­ties, such as the five-bed­room house with swim­ming pool cur­rently be­ing sold by In­digo es­tates (01534 639955; www. in­ for £1.395 mil­lion.

St He­lier, £455,000 This three-bed­room apart­ment in St He­lier Court spans 1,264sq ft all on one sin­gle floor and has been de­signed o make the most of light and space. Beach & Coun­try (www.beachand­coun­; 07700 800501)

St He­lier, £585,000 This five-bed­room town house, which dates from the late 19th cen­tury, has five bed­rooms and has kept in­tact many orig­i­nal fea­tures, in­clud­ing the fire­places and the ma­hogany stair­case. In­digo Es­tates (01534 639 955;­, www.on­the­mar­

Les Grands Vaux, £1.395 mil­lion Built in the late 1990s, this five-bed­room house in the St He­lier par­ish boasts more than 3,300sq ft of liv­ing space, lovely gar­dens and a swim­ming pool. In­digo Es­tates (01534 639955;­, www.on­the­mar­ket. com)

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