A new house -- and potentially a whole new life -- for sale in sunkissed rural Italy for the princely sum of just one euro, or little over a dollar. Over the past year or so, numerous small towns from Sicily in the south to the northern Alps have been offering such bargains in the hope of attracting new residents to revitalize dying communities.
The deals have made headlines on CNN and beyond, captivating millions of people hooked on the romantic notion of abandoning the metropolitan rat race for a simpler life. Many of the towns were inundated with inquiries. Phones rang off the hook. Websites creaked under the strain. But did anyone actually buy?
And when they did, what happened next? Did they become ensnared in Italy's notoriously byzantine bureaucracy? Did they run smack into the language barrier? Did the houses turn out to be money pits? Did la dolce vita quickly sour, leaving buyers feeling ripped off and despondent? Holiday escape. The property she and her husband paid pocket change for is intended as a second family home.
Most of the deals do require purchasers to commit to investing in renovations -- something which Guihot, 27, and her husband, 31, have wasted no time in getting underway. They've nearly completed restyling their square-meter Mussomeli abode, having painted the walls and fixed the floors. They'll be using the Sicilian abode, along with their two young children, as a holiday house during Christmas and summer breaks. It's super cute and locals are so welcoming.
While the couple is used to rural living at home near Nantes, the move to Mussomeli has taken them somewhere far quieter. Here you've got everything you need, shops, supermarkets.
It's simply great". There were, apparently, no unpleasant surprises. And even our home -- we thought it would be in a worse shape. While she and her husband are relatively young, they're already thinking about Mussomeli becoming a retirement haven. For now it will be our holiday house, that will give us plenty of time to properly learn Italian. Bucolic retirement. Patrick Janssen opted to buy a more expensive home that needed less work. While many buyers set out to purchase dilapidated houses with the bargain basement price tag, some have ended up settling for more expensive homes in better shape.
Like many, he was lured by the media coverage of the cheap homes and the prospect of making a life-changing move. If something happens to me, they'll have a good place where they can live and while they grow up they can come here with their friends. For the time being, his plan is also to use it just as a holiday house where the family can spend several weeks or months per year.
Janssen has made the purchase with long-term plans in mind and weighing many factors, primarily the short distance between his main home in Brussels and Mussomeli. With just a two hours flight we escape from Belgium and reach Catania's airport.
That's certainly a big plus point if you come from a European country to spend the weekend". Mussomeli, when compared with frenetic Brussels, is another world, he says. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews.
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