Prices of empty turnkey dwellings start as low as €7,500 ($9,000). Most are in the range of €10,000-€13,000.
The sale is part of Mayor Gianfilippo Mignogna’s mission to save his ailing hometown from the grave after years of people leaving to pursue jobs in Italy’s cities or abroad, mainly to the United States. The slow exodus has taken a toll on a population that peaked at 5,000 in the 1950s.
He says he now wants to recover the buildings they left behind.
“One day I was wandering through the old center, and it struck me how so many cute little homes in a perfect shape had been shut for years, tucked away in silent alleys, with signs ‘for rent or sale’ that nobody sees.
“I thought the best way was to involve those no-longer interested owners to sell them right off.”
There are roughly a dozen €1 and 20 “upper-scale” homes available but potentially more than 100 empty buildings in Biccari are in need of new occupants.
The online platform will be divided into two sections: €1 homes and cheap houses.
Those who settle for a dilapidated €1 dwelling must stump up a guarantee sum of €3,000 to be returned once the works are completed, possibly within three years. But unlike other Italian towns that have launched similar schemes, the completion deadline will be extended if work is well underway and there’s a good reason to for the delay.
The ‘roof’ of Puglia
Biccari boasts an impressive location. Straddling the border between three regions — Puglia, Molise and Campania — it’s surrounded by the pristine Daunia Mountains, thick forests, herd-grazing fields, olive groves and a lake.
Biccari is set at the foot of the region’s highest peak, Monte Cornacchia (aka the Carrion Crow’s Mount). From the top, there’s a view stretching to the Adriatic Coast, the Gargano Promontory and the Tremiti Islands. The area is known as “the roof of Puglia.”
Biccari’s name is believed to stem from the Italian word…
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