Popular areas to live in Mauritius
The North of Mauritius is attractive for expats as it offers easy living and excellent access to shopping malls, medical facilities, nightlife, schools, sporting and social activities. It is exceptionally well connected by the motorway to other parts of the island such as Port Louis, Cyber City and the airport. Although the North is fast becoming a hub for various businesses, many expats choose to live in the North and travel to Port Louis or Ebene for business.
The seaside town of Grand Baie is located just 15 minutes by car from the International Schools such as Northfields International School, Lighthouse Primary and Secondary School, IPS, Greencoast Primary, and Ecole du Nord amongst others. It’s around a 30-minute drive from the capital, Port Louis.
Popular Residential Areas in the North include:
- Grand Baie
- Mon Choisy
- Bain Boeuf
- Cap Malheureux
- Grand Gaube
- St. Antoine
- Pointe Aux Cannoniers
- Trou Aux Biches
The West of Mauritius is a prevalent and lively expat area with its beaches popular throughout the year. The region provides all the necessary requirements to work and live.
The travel time is approximately 50 minutes by car to Ebene (Cyber City) and Port Louis, and a little over an hour to the airport. Schools in the area include Telfair International School and Westcoast Primary & Secondary School.
Popular Residential Areas in the West include:
- Black River
- Flic en Flac
This region is fast becoming increasingly attractive for expat living. A number of property developments have provided an ideal setting for foreigners to live in a quieter environment. International schools in the North are within a 30-minute drive as are the shopping and lifestyle options Grand Baie has to offer.
Popular Residential Areas in the East include:
- Roches Noires
- Poste Lafayette
This part of the island is far less touristy and a perfect place to settle down for nature lovers in a more local environment. Blue Bay, as the name suggests, boasts some of the best snorkeling on the island and idyllic white sandy beaches. The airport is just minutes away and around a 50-minute drive to the Capital.
Popular Residential Areas in the South include:
- Blue Bay
- Pointe d’Esny
Where to live in Central Areas of Mauritius
The Moka region is an up & coming area in Mauritius. It’s transitioning into a more sustainable city through a progressive rollout of ‘city starting’. The Smart City Scheme has been launched by the Government of Mauritius for the setting up of new and intelligent urban ecosystems across the island in the form of mixed-use developments integrating office, business, residential and leisure components. Moka is a popular area due to its close proximity to Ebene which is approximately 3 kilometers with a travel time by car approximately 7 minutes.
Accommodation – Renting property in Mauritius
Finding the right home in the right area is vital for a successful relocation. After conducting a thorough needs analysis, we work closely with you to make this possible. We work with a carefully selected list of reputable real estate agents and developers to research and shortlist qualified properties prior to your arrival. Our relocation home search specialist will accompany you personally on all home viewings.
Renting a villa or apartment (flat) in Mauritius is not hard to do for non-residents or non-citizens. As a general rule, accommodation for rent usually comes furnished and equipped with essential household appliances.
Leases are usually long-term and are renewable yearly. One or two months’ rent is usually required as a deposit. Accommodation rented for a short period tends to be more expensive. It is highly recommended that the tenant requests an inventory that lists all the items provided with the apartment before signing the lease agreement, and takes pictures of the property before moving in.
If you choose to hire a real estate agent, you will be asked to pay a commission, usually amounting to a month’s rent.
Utilities such as water (CWA) and electricity (CEB) are sometimes included in the rent, but not usually. A heating system is not necessary in Mauritius, although some parts of the island do get cold during the winter months, and many prefer to have a heater. Air conditioning, however, is usually a plus, especially during the summer months from October to April, but most people can do without, and having a fan is usually enough.
We have extensive experience within the Mauritian housing market and will ensure that the lease meets local norms and legislation. We’re on your side, we target only the best available properties and look after your best interests by negotiating the most favourable lease terms.
Prices fluctuate based on your expectations and requirements, such as the view, and whether it’s an inland or beach-front property, close to the city center and amenities, and facilities such as a swimming pool, security, furniture, and a gym.
As a reference, indicative prices for a two-bedroom house are as follow, but these vary according to the landlord as well, so these prices are to be seen as a guideline only:
- Inland – Rs15,000 to Rs35,000
- Near Tourist Areas – Rs45,000 to Rs75,000
- Waterfront Villa – Rs100,000+
Purchasing a Property
The Mauritian property market continues to be an enticing option for non-citizens looking for real estate investment that offers permanent residency. Property value is expected to grow by 40% in the next 10 years. Furthermore, Mauritius is extremely tax-efficient with no capital gains or inheritance tax.
Property Purchase for Permanent Residency
In Mauritius, a property investment at a minimum of USD 375,000 in a government-approved development (Property Development Scheme, Real Estate Scheme, Integrated Resort Scheme, or Smart City) offers the purchaser, their spouse and children under 24 years of age Permanent Residency status.
Permanent residency is an important aspect of the purchase decision. However, it is crucial that the real estate investment provides favourable capital growth and rental return prospects.
Apartment Purchase for Investment
Non-citizens may purchase apartments in developments of at least two levels above ground (G+2) with approval from the Economic Development Board. The purchase price of an apartment should not be less than MUR 6 million in order to qualify. The purchaser in this instance does not qualify for a Permanent Residence Permit. Any non-citizen, with or without an occupation permit, residence permit or permanent residence permit, may acquire apartments.
We have partnered with the best Real Estate Partners on the island and look forward to supporting you in finding the perfect home. Our Concierge team is standing by to discuss your needs. Contact us today for a free needs analysis.