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Italian Villas: Always in Vogue

Saturday, 20 March 2010

italian villasIn recent years, owning a real estate in Europe has become a trend. Instead of buying property in the country, people are contemplating purchasing real estate abroad. It is interesting that this is a global trend as wealthy customers seek to buy property in foreign countries. This is mainly due to the fact that the domestic real estate is in most cases inexplicably pricey and the value for money is far from optimal. However, foreign real estate market struggling to survive in the global financial downturn, now offers an excellent opportunity for the acquisition of affordable property. On the one hand, this is a valuable investment in the times of financial downfall, and on the other, it is a great purchase by itself (as most locations in demand are classified as the so-called «resort» property).

For centuries, Italy has been a popular vacation destination. We go to Italy for inspiration and romance, for balmy Italian air and delicious Italian food and last but not the least for the ancient history of human civilization. Italian property has been appreciated worldwide for its unique qualities, since it allows to enjoy all the above as a native, not a prying and omniscient tourist.

Unlike in parts of «the New Europe», Italian ski and seaside resorts aren't two-season-wonder locations. In Italy, they have a long-standing property track record. Yes, rentals are seasonal, and outside the cities and ski resorts, few tourists are around in winter. However, many seaside resort and countryside properties attract the same families back summer after summer. What's more, the country has excellent infrastructure, and accessibility is always an important factor when buying a property. Naturally, when the opportunity of purchasing property abroad presented itself, many wealthy people rushed to seize this opportunity immediately and turned their regards towards Italy.

Many dream of having a villa in Italy. At the mention of an Italian villa, most people usually picture a Gothic style building (a sort of miniature castle), surrounded by vineyards and orange tree groves, with a very decent plot of land and all the latest conveniences.

However, before purchasing a villa in Italy, you need to know that in this country ‘villa' may refer to a small country house and any privately owned building. The private territory may be very small, though big enough to accommodate a flower bed, and the house may be quite ramshackle and in a bad need of renovation, with little resemblance to that idyllic castle of your dreams.

Nevertheless, these houses are sold relatively cheap, up to 500,000 Euros, while the coveted gothic dream with all facilities, tennis court, swimming pool, satellite TV, Internet and a shady garden will cost you up to several million Euros. This price reaches dozens of millions of Euros for villas in the prestigious or elite Italian regions like Tuscany. In some cases, it's much cheaper to buy an authentic castle, than a villa in good condition.

Yet, Italian property, especially houses, is still popular. Magnificent Italian resorts, mild climate, the ancient history of the country contribute to the enduring interest in purchasing luxury real estate in Italy. In addition, if a villa has its own ghost (it's included in the price for some historically significant villas), the demand is bordering on feverish and the prices soar to heaven.

Besides, owning an Italian villa implies a certain status, especially if a villa once belonged to a celebrity, or is linked to any historical event. Recently, the demand for villas in Sicily was excited by rumors about the property offered for 1 euro.

Vittorio Sgarbi, the mayor of a small Italian town called Salemi is behind this once-in-a-lifetime offer. Salemi is a medieval hill town on one of Italy's most beautiful islands, Sicily. Steeped in ancient history, this is the Mediterranean's largest island, a holidaymaker's heaven of blue waters, craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. In agreement with the 11,000 locals, the mayor is selling off properties in the town's old quarter for 1 euro. The catch is that these properties are in need of renovation, as the town was nearly destroyed in 1968 earthquake, following which Salemi's locals moved into newly-built houses down the hill. But a team of architectural advisers say the town's old houses and villas can be salvaged. In exchange for this unprecedented 1 euro giveaway, there are a few conditions. Buyers must agree to renovate the houses within two years. And to help the town's economy, you'll also need to use local artisans. Estimated renovation costs are around 900-1200 Euros per square meter.

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