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On sale for one euro: Hilltop houses in Sicily, great view included

Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:19 PM
 
It's an offer you can't refuse: rustic abodes in a picturesque hilltop village on the island of Sicily are up for sale for just one euro (S$1.70). -- PHOTO: ITALO_AMERICANO/TWITTER

GANGI, Italy (AFP) - It's an offer you can't refuse: rustic abodes in a picturesque hilltop village on the island of Sicily, once home to Italian peasants and their donkeys, are up for sale for just one euro (S$1.70).

Hewn into the Madonie mountains and dotted throughout the town of Gangi, the houses were left empty after their owners emigrated in the 1920s. They boast period features such as 18th-century tiles, original wood-burning ovens and wooden beams, along with spectacular views.

Around 20 houses are on sale for one euro, with another 300 or so going for up to 15,000 euros in an initiative the village hopes will reverse decades of population decline and boost the local economy even as Italy falls back into recession.

Buyers must put down a guarantee of 5,000 euros for the council to ensure they renovate the properties within three years, with the cost estimated at 20,000 euros to make the homes habitable - more for those that need re-roofing.

 
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