Renovation

These Americans bought abandoned homes in Italy for as little as $1 and spent thousands renovating: Was it worth it?

CNBC Make It.  Jennifer Liu and Mickey Todiwala.  February 22, 2024 Picture this: A house with extensive mold, water damage, termites and a collapsed roof in a tiny town where you don’t speak the language. Not exactly a prime real estate opportunity, right? For Rubia Daniels, though, the dilapidated building in Sicily also served as an exciting chance to build the home of her dreams — and it...

Italian towns vie to attract celebrity renovators like Alan Carr to drive British demand for one-euro homes

iNews. 16 May 2023 For Italian towns fighting for survival as local populations plummet, celebrity attention can be the difference between life and death. Local administrations in Italy have been trying for years to lure newcomers by putting dilapidated houses on the market for €1, and now a growing number vying to snare celebrity buyers to drive demand for the run-down homes. In a recent...

This US couple bought and renovated a 14th-century Italian home

CNN Travel. 16 March 2023. Tamara Hardingham-Gill   Buying and renovating a home in Italy was something Doug and Leah Johnson had often dreamed about. The couple, who are based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, say they’d sometimes go to view houses while vacationing in the European country. But splashing out on a property there hadn’t seemed like a viable option until Doug came across a listing...

What it’s really like to buy one of Italy’s super-cheap homes

The Independent. Joey Tyson. 14 April 2022 Italy’s super cheap houses have become the stuff of legend in recent years. The €1 home initiative “Case 1 Euro” launched in 2017, dreamt up by the authorities to reverse the effects of depopulation in rural regions and repair derelict buildings. As abandoned houses and flats were sold off in tiny rural towns all over the country, the idea of nabbing a...

Espresso, deep thoughts, more espresso: Renovating a 17th century home the Italian way

Chicago Sun Times. Stefano Esposito. 2 January 2022 The Italian house you’ve always dreamed of buying won’t, in the end, cost just $1. Re-imagining the stones and timbers first assembled about the time Shakespeare put pen to paper can’t be rushed. It will likely take some deep thought. Some espresso. More thought. More espresso. Meredith Tabbone admits there are frustrations that come with buying...

Italy town puts price of cheap homes up to €2

CNN. Silvia Marchetti. July 16, 2021 Of the countless dwindling Italian towns that have opted to sell dilapidated homes for just one euro, Sambuca di Sicilia has undoubtedly been the most successful. Approximately 16 dwellings have been snapped up for €1 here since the scheme was first announced by CNN Travel in 2019, and Sambuca has been in the spotlight ever since. The global attention led to...

Woman who bought three of Italy’s $1.50 houses reveals cost to live in them

News.com.au. The Sun. Jacob Bentley-York. May 5, 2021 A US woman who bought three of Italy’s €1 houses has warned of the real price of renovating the bargain-priced properties. Solar consultant and business owner, Rubia Daniels, took up the fantastic offer in Mussomeli, Sicily – but quickly realised rather than just €1 ($A1.50) that it would total a massive €60,000 ($A93,000). The...

Another Italian Town Wants You to Buy a Cheap Home and Renovate It

House Beautiful. KELLY ALLEN January 21,2020 It’s a desirable concept: dropping everything to move to a different country to live a simple yet fulfilling life–one that involves activities like reading in a quaint café and buying freshly baked bread. If this scenario has ever crossed your mind, now might be the time to make it a reality. Bisaccia is the latest Italian town to put dozens of homes...

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