Now you can move into an Italian house for just $12,000
(CNN) – For the determined buyer with a strong vision and good home improvement skills, selling fires from collapsing Italian homes for just over a dollar each was a gift. The rest of us, although we can not install a simple shelf, can only look at jealousy.
So far. Many villages now offer homes that are ready to move. The price is a bit higher – starting at € 10,000 or $ 12,000 – but it gives you a place to call your own without having to worry about adding a new roof or walls.
Carrega Ligure in northern Italy and Latronico in the deep south have set up online platforms where shoppers can view photos, maps and details of old abandoned buildings for sale and contact the owner directly.
The small mountain settlement of Carrega Ligure, which has only 90 inhabitants, extends to the areas of Piedmont, Liguria and Emilia Romagna. It sells super cheap homes that are ready to occupy, along with partially dilapidated and dilapidated homes that completely need a style.
Rentals are also advertised.
Located in the Apennine Mountains, the surrounding municipality stretches for 56 square kilometers (22 square miles) and is scattered in 15 residential areas and two small villages.
Rural and grazing families have long since left their homes to migrate abroad or relocate to large cities. In a district there are only two inhabitants and one is a ghost settlement.
Do not expect social fame. There is absolutely nothing, just wonderful views, silence, fresh, fresh air and unspoilt surroundings. No bars, supermarkets, shops, restaurants. Needless to say, a car or other vehicle is necessary to get around.
Carrega Ligure is a situation in northern Italy.
Local councilor and former mayor Marco Guerrini says advertising private home sales on a town hall-managed site ensures the property reaches a wider group of buyers.
“We give them an internet site for visibility, otherwise no one will know where and how to find these abandoned houses,” Guerrini told CNN.
Those who start here will find a city frozen in time, where many old rural traditions live. The locals speak a strange dialect that is close to the Genoese.
Mule pieces lead to an impressive castle that climbs. During the Middle Ages the village served as a strategic hub along the old “salt road” used by medieval merchants. It was a crossroads of pilgrims, monks, merchants and stockbreeders.
The old mills rise along virgin streams, while gorges, lush valleys and deep forests are inhabited by unique species of salamander and the so-called “Italian frogs” in the area.
Hiking trails lead to lonely panoramic peaks.
Former Carrega Ligure Mayor Marco Guerrini says his city is the perfect place to relax.
The shepherds are still working here, although arable farming has long since died out.
Immigration in the 1950s and ’60s has almost emptied the areas. Former local families return only on weekends or holidays to open their homes. Everyone in the city either knows each other or is related in some way.
“All you will find here is a great place for detoxification and detachment, without pollution and spectacular scenery,” says Guerrini, who launched the online housing initiative to help its residents.
A few years ago Carrega tried unsuccessfully to sell dilapidated houses for a euro, but had to give them up when the old owners found it very difficult to locate. They had migrated or there were too many heirs to locate, says Guerrini.
“So we came up with this other approach when we were able to involve the old owners and persuade them to join forces to reclaim the cityscape. The houses for sale are not collapsing, many are in good condition and the owners are usually people. who still live nearby but no longer use their family home. “
He says interested buyers can email the town hall and officials will contact and forward direct contacts.
This house is for sale with an entry price of € 10,000.
Courtesy of Carrega Ligure
A ready-to-live stone villa for sale for 14,000 € has an area of 80 square meters and is divided into two floors, fully renovated. The upper area is completely renovated with old terracotta floors and newly painted walls. The ground floor, with a large cellar, is semi-renovated. There is electricity and running water.
Another multi-storey old pasture of a 100-square-meter house costs 10,000 euros, but requires some work, which according to Guerrini would range from 20,000 euros. He says buyers could take advantage of new rules aimed at supporting sustainable investment. Guerrini guarantees very low local taxes.
“This house, with its thick stone walls, a huge cellar that was the fixed, fitted wardrobes and stoves and wooden ceilings, is over 100 years old,” says owner Pino Ballestrasse. “It used to belong to my grandparents.
“The exterior structure and the walls are in good condition, unfortunately we no longer use it and it is empty for many years. We live in another house nearby and we are happy to meet interested buyers and discuss a good deal.”
Carrega comes alive in the summer.
Guerrini and the owners stress that the prices are negotiable, especially if interested buyers drive to the mountain village for a look. He says the town hall has already helped some visiting foreigners leave with keys to a new home.
“This move has been successful. Older people who are attached to real estate and their homeland prefer to be supported by local authorities in the sales process.”
Carrega comes to life in the summer, when day travelers and holidaymakers flock for detached stays and hot meals with locals. Local food specialties include handmade ravioli, gnocchi, cheese, chestnuts and mushroom soups and “green pies” with wild spinach and nettle. Minestra Maja is made with pasta, rice and 10 different vegetables, while polenta is eaten with milk and butter.
Those who prefer southern Italy can opt for Latronico, a picturesque hilltop town where local authorities have launched the online platform “Your Home in Latronico” to help old homeowners meet buyers. Rentals are also advertised.
“Through this virtual window we want to match supply with demand,” says Deputy Mayor Vincenzo Castellano. “People can see and choose the property that suits them best. And it is constantly updated. Locals continue to migrate, so that more houses are added regularly.”
Latronico is located in the deep south of Italy.
Courtesy of the Municipality of Latronico
Latronico faces a race against time to relocate. It currently has 4,000 inhabitants, but each year an average of 70 people either die or leave, moving abroad or elsewhere in Italy.
“When the elderly die, the descendants of the migrants do not even return during the summer.” Water pipes burst, mold and dust accumulate. “It does not make sense to keep empty properties dying as frozen assets, so we decided to involve old owners who have shown interest in this project and are willing to work together to restore the urban landscape.”
The average prices, which Castellano says are all negotiable, range from € 10,000 to € 30,000 depending on the condition of the property. Some are ready for habitation, others partially renovated. To motivate the sales of dilapidated buildings, the town hall promises zero taxes for 10 years for anyone who invests € 20,000 in projects.
A house for sale in Latronico for € 10,000.
Courtesy of the Municipality of Latronico
A citizen agreed to sell his old house for one euro and immediately grabbed it, says Castellano. However, instead of implementing a one-euro system, the city leaves pricing decisions to local families.
The surrounding area of Vasilicata is perhaps the most impressive area in Italy, under the radar, and many of its mountain villages are hidden treasures.
“We are in the pristine Pollino National Park at an altitude of 900 meters,” says Castellano. “Forget the clouds and the noise. The air is fresh and healthy and we even have thermal baths. Recent studies in our area have shown that pollution levels are almost below zero. In addition, the popular seaside site of Marathea is close by. . ”
For € 25,000, this Latronico property could be yours.
Courtesy of the Municipality of Latronico
Latronico dates back to prehistoric times but the city flourished with the ancient Greek colonists. The locals speak an unusual dialect that is a mixture of Latin, Greek, Spanish and French.
The name of the village comes from Greek terms meaning “hidden place” and “Latomia”, which refers to nearby quarries.
The hiking trails end at Monte Alpi with three peaks, crossing beeches and silver firs with dotted strawberry plants, mushrooms and raspberry bushes. The rocky hills have fish fossils, primitive caves, gorges and old burials that were once wandered by gangs of robbers and monks.
Latronico has a spa complex and is known as a “wellness village”.
Courtesy of the municipality of Latronico
The village is divided into two parts: the old “upper” area of Capadavutu where most of the houses for sale are located and the lower newer area of Capabbasciu. There are rich stone and marble gates adorned with decorative flowers and animals, elegant courtyards and palaces, and votive shrines hidden in alleys.
A comfortable, two-storey, ready to live house with panoramic views, wooden stairs, majolica tiled floor and freshly painted walls for sale for 12,000 €. While a larger, fully renovated and renovated small stone villa with two entrances and a terrace overlooking the main square costs € 32,000.
Latronico is known locally as a “wellness village” not only for its unpolluted environment. Its thermal bath is known for treating respiratory problems, bone pain and stomach aches.
Traditional local delicacies include the otto cookie, a cookie shaped like the number eight, made with local wheat and eaten with cheese, salami, honey and dipped in red wine.
Pane scafato is a pie stuffed with meat and pepper. Traditions of pork date back to ancient Roman times and include juicy ham and salsiccia grassa, a sausage with extra spicy fat.
There are more unusual recipes that may require a stronger stomach. These include Tagliulini e fasuoli ccu ‘zzifft (tagiolini pasta, beans and chili pepper powder) and Maccaruni’ i casa ccu ‘savuzizzonu e coria (fusilli with sausage and pork rind).
Custata ‘i castratu arrustuta is grilled steak, while gnummarieddi is filled with lamb milk internally tied to look like balls of wool. Sanguinaccio is a cake with pork blood, rice, grapes and chocolate.