IT IS OVER! Update of September 20th, 2018: There are no more than 5 or 6 houses at 1 € in Italy and there are about 5,000 requests!
San Piero Patti is pitoresque, close to the sea and offers a quiet environment
IT IS OVER!
Nevertheless, don’t be fooled: roads to the village are so narrow, that it takes 5 hours to get to the seaside! Click here.
An example of an Italian town eager to sell houses for 1 Euro. You can write them or call them:
Comune di San Piero Patti
Piazza De Gasperi San Piero Patti (ME)
Tel: 0039 0941 661388 Fax:0039 0941 669114
San Piero Patti in the north of Sicily is being abandoned by its inhabitants: some go because they are old – the others prefer to study and never return home. But now a young group of those left behind is fighting against the dying of their city – with houses for a purchase price of one euro. Here you are in balance with nature, it has a better quality of life. And yet there is a service sector.
“We’re shrinking 60 to 70 percent a year – in a village of just 3,000,” explains Gianluca Camuti. He sits in the local council and is on of the promoter of the one euro project. “The abandoned homes are hard to sell, many of them are in poor condition and it’s better for the heirs to save the taxes on them.”
Differences with other initiatives
However, San Piero Patti is not the first village to offer abandoned houses for one euro. And it would not be the first to fail. “But there are two advantages here: we are close to the sea and live in a quiet environment,” says Camuti. “Here you are in balance with nature, have a better quality of life, and yet there is a service sector.”
And there is another difference: in other villages, the houses were often given away to the community – which then was not allowed to sell below market value. In San Piero Patti, the community will only establish contact between the buyer and the seller and assist with the bureaucratic work.