If you’ve ever dreamed of saying goodbye to Canada, selling all your belongings, and heading overseas for a completely new start, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. A beautiful town in Europe is looking for newcomers to leave their old lives behind and start again, and they’re selling $1.50 houses in Southern Italy to encourage you to go.
Just when you thought you couldn’t afford to pack up and move abroad, think again!
Bisaccia, a gorgeous town in the Campania region of Italy, is selling homes for as little as $1.50, and they’re recruiting buyers to start a brand-new community.
The southern village is trying to find people who are prepared to renovate these cheap properties with their partner, BFF or family, creating a fresh community of newcomers in the process.
For lovers of culture, history and everything quintessentially European, Bisaccia is a dream come true.
The town borders three of Italy’s southern regions, Campania, Basilicata and Puglia, and Naples and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Matera are both just a drive away.
Speaking to CNN Travel about the unique opportunity, Francesco Tartaglia, the town’s deputy mayor explained, “…We welcome families, groups of friends, relatives, people who know each other or investors to join forces."
The dreamy location has been faced with a steady population decline in recent years, after earthquakes in the 70s and 80s destroyed some areas of the village and left others completely abandoned.
In order to encourage people to return to the area, almost 100 buildings will be up for sale for less than a toonie.
While you will need to have some leftover cash for renovations, Tartaglia explained the homes are being sold by the local authorities, not former residents, so the buying process would be really easy.
While you will need to commit to doing the necessary renovations on the run-down homes, there’s no time frame or minimum spending amount needed to complete the work.
Tartaglia explained, "The abandoned [area] spreads throughout the most ancient part of the village.”
“Forsaken houses are clustered together, one next to the other along the same roads. Some even share a common entrance.”
This is why they’re particularly keen to invite families, friendship groups, and young couples, who are prepared to “breathe fresh life” into the quaint village.
This isn’t the first time that an Italian village has offered a unique opportunity to newcomers.
The Mayor of Sambuca, in Sicily, made a similar offer last year and continues to look for adventurers who are looking for a fresh start in a new city or country.
If you've been waiting to have the adventure of a lifetime — this could be it!