Top places to live on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is often a place that gets overlooked when people decide to relocate. However, this small island off the south coast is not just a beautiful spot to call home, it’s also only two hours from the capital by train. Furthermore, just a short ferry ride and you can enjoy the best of the UK’s southern locations, plus a variety of spectacular destinations within a short drive of your property.

The Isle of Wight also plays host to one of the biggest and best music festivals each year, and as a local, you can enjoy top acts without sleeping in a tent. To celebrate the Isle of Wight Festival and everything great about living in this fantastic spot, we take a look at some of the best locations to call home.


If you want a location with immediate access to the port, this is the perfect spot. Cowes is, however, not only a place to get the ferry, it packed full of maritime history and things to do. Property here is slightly more expensive than further round the island due to its excellent transport links, but you’ll get great value for money if you decide to commute to Portsmouth or Southampton for work.


In the west of the island, you’ll find the desirable village location of Freshwater. It’s a top destination for tourists, and it’s not hard to see why. The area is teeming with beautiful landscapes, and Freshwater Bay is said to be one of the most picturesque beaches on the island. The village is bursting with community spirit and has a selection of affordable properties with spectacular views.


For people looking for a vibrant destination, the island’s county town of Newport is an ideal location. The town is home to a variety of things to do including heritage attractions such as Carisbrooke Castle, plus wildlife sanctuaries including Monkey Haven and Butterfly World. There’s plenty of amenities and shopping facilities, and you can enjoy a vibrant arts and culture vibe alongside eateries and entertainment. The town is also a short drive to Cowes for an easy commute to the mainland.


Along the northeast coast of the island, you’ll find the seaside spot of Ryde. The town is bustling with things to do and has a lovely selection of boutique shops, galleries and museums for both locals and tourists. It’s often referred to as ‘The Gateway to the Island’ due to its hovercraft and passenger ferry links. Plus house prices are very reasonable here, especially if you don’t mind the commute.


Although you may have to compete with the tourists in this destination, Shanklin is a beautiful location to buy or rent a property. The Old Village is a charming throwback to a bygone era but also has plenty of trendy eateries and independent shops. Nearby is the breath-taking wooded ravine of Shanklin Chine, plus there are plenty of sports and activities to do for both kids and adults. Transport links are excellent here too, with regular buses running to nearby towns and villages or further afield to link to the ferry services.

The Isle of Wight isn’t just a spectacular tourist destination; it’s also the perfect place to make your new home. Search our properties and explore the area to find your dream spot.

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