Overview – The St Barts Real Estate Market
Like fellow French Caribbean islands St Martin and Martinique, St Barts is an overseas territory of France. Within its mere 9.5 square miles, the tiny island manages to exude a distinct Frenchness, from the glamour of its boutiques and cuisine to the Gallic charm of local cottages.
St Barts effortlessly blends the best of French culture with the rugged natural beauty of the Caribbean. With outstanding beaches counted among the best beaches in the world, sophisticated nightlife and prestigious annual events such as Les Voiles des St Barth, St Barts has established itself as one of the world’s most desirable real estate investment locations.
The St Barts real estate market is geared to the top end of the market, with opulent hill-side and beachfront villas offering buyers the opportunity not only to enjoy an enviable lifestyle, but also to invest in a property with the potential to deliver significant returns via high rental income. Popular areas include Anse des Cayes, Colombier, Corossol, Flamands, Grand Cul de Sac, Gustavia, Lorient, Lurin and Toiny.
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Colombier, Flamands, Corossol & Gustavia
Colombier and Flamands are both located on the north-western tip of St Barts, on the Leeward (Sous le Vent) side of the island. Quiet Colombier beach, also referred to as Rockefeller’s beach, is renowned as one of the very best beaches on the island and villas overlooking it are among the St Barts real estate market’s most sought-after properties. Nearby Flamands Beach is also extremely highly regarded for its powder-soft white sand and seclusion. Slightly further south on the western coast of St Barts, there are also some beautiful homes for sale in and around the charming village of Corossol and the capital Gustavia. While Corossol offers a quiet escape, Gustavia is home to world-class restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Both locations offer beautiful views of St Barts’ coastline and the turquoise sea.
St Jean Bay, Lorient, Pointe Milou, Saline
Located on the northern coast of St Barts, St Jean Bay and Lorient are some of the key locations of interest to buyers considering investing in St Barts luxury real estate. St Jean Bay (Baie de St Jean) is home to some of St Barts’ most prestigious hotels, such as Eden Rock St Barths. The calm, reef-protected Lorient Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island. Nearby Pointe Milou, Grande Saline and Petite Saline also offer well known beaches and beautiful homes for sale.
Toiny, Grand Cul-de-Sac, Petit Cul-de-Sac & Vitet
Located on the eastern coast of St Barts, Toiny, Grand Cul-de-Sac, Petit Cul-de-Sac and Vitet are also of interest to those considering buying a home in St Barts. There are some magnificent luxury properties for sale nestled into the hills offering spectacular views of the sea and the various beaches below.
Buying Property in St Barts
There are no restrictions on foreign nationals purchasing real estate in St Barts.
Once you have made an offer on a property in St Barts and that offer has been accepted by the seller, a Purchase and Sales Agreement will be prepared by a notaire (notary). Once signed, you will need to pay a deposit of at least 10% into an escrow account held by the notaire. Sales are normally closed in 1-3 months, at which time a Deed of Sale will be officially registered.
Buyers are responsible for paying notary fees and a one-time transfer tax of approximately 5% depending on the purchase price.
There is no annual property tax in St Barts.
It is possible to apply for permanent residency in St Barts.
St Barts – Land for Sale
Purchasing a lot of land provides you with a blank canvas and the opportunity to build your dream home in St Barts.
Whether you are looking for beachfront land or a centrally located plot, we offer various lots of land for sale in St Barts.
For larger parcels of land for commercial development, please see our commercial real estate listings.
Saving on Your Purchase
You could save money when investing in St Barts real estate by using a foreign exchange expert to get the best rate for your property purchase. We have partnered with Halo Financial, a specialist in foreign exchange, to help you get the best exchange rates when making one-off or regular international payments for a property purchase in St Barts. To see how you could save money, read more: Foreign Exchange.
Due to the size of the Gustaf III Airport there are no direct international flights to St Barts from the USA, Canada or Europe.
Take a flight to Antigua, Guadeloupe, St Maarten or San Juan and take a connecting flight or alternatively transfer to St Barts by boat.
Antigua to St Barts: 0 hours 35 mins
Guadeloupe to St Barts: 0 hours 45 mins
San Juan to St Barts: 1 hour 15 mins
St Maarten to St Barts: 0 hour 10 mins