We all know that Italy is fabulous – a thrilling escape that’s right at the very top of almost every traveler’s wish list. But here’s the surprise. When it comes to buying a home, prices are a lot more pleasing than you may think.
On the west coast of Calabria (the “toe” of Italy) consider these apartments in the seaside town of Scalea. The first is 484 square feet, has a kitchen, living room, and one bedroom; it’s partially furnished. The second is a bit larger at 645 square feet, comes with all of the above (except it’s totally furnished) and a small garden. Both are available for $27,700 each.
- Basilicata is another little known and unspoiled region in Italy’s deep south. Here you’ll find an 850-square-foot house on two levels. It has a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Price: $46,390
- In Le Marché (not as well known as Tuscany and Umbria but with equally mesmerizing landscapes), Casa Montevecchio is a farmhouse of two floors with approx. 3,875 square feet of living space. It needs restoring but part of the house is livable. The property includes a 645-square-foot annex and a half acre of land. Price: $85,100
- In Liguria – the Riviera of Flowers - there’s a totally reconstructed one-bedroom house with a garden and wonderful views of the Mediterranean. It’s in an excellent, ready-to-move-in condition. Price: $89,200
- In Apulia, near the town of Martina Franca and not too far from the Adriatic, $98,000 is the price of a soon-to-be-completed 2,305-square-foot villa with a huge veranda. (Oh, and did I mention the land and 100 olive trees that come with it?)