Article Extract from interview with move2Gozo by the editor of 'A Place in the Sun':
If you like the more rural side to Malta – in the west – then perhaps you should consider its laid-back and hillier little sister, Gozo?
Many Maltese have second homes here because of its sleepy feel (and easy access from Malta, known by Gozitans as the “city”), it boasts the best beach (Ramia Bay) and there aren’t all the big new developments that are ongoing across the channel.
“There are five or six new developments in Gozo – one at a great location at the entrance to [main] Mgarr harbour, with prices from €825,000 (£684k); or there’s a much lower price point at a sister development at San Lawrenz at the far west of the island – prices from €185,000 (£154,250),” says David Pace of www.move2gozo.com.
“But the largest new development is Fort Chambray - also in Mgarr, with views of Comino - with prices from €174,703 (£145k) for a two-bed apartment. “However typically buyers go for farmhouses for their rustic character, with prices in their €200,000s (£165k+) to €3-€4 million (£2.48m-£3.3m). You can get a nicely renovated three-bed farmhouse for €350,000-400,000 (£291,900-£333,600).”
Two “keenly priced” options include a fabulous three-bed 250-year-old farmhouse in Munxar, with a pool for €299,000 (£249,350); or a four-bedrooom new home built in rustic style and stunning finishing (below, left) at Xaghra for €349,000 (£291,000; both www.move2gozo.com).