This picturesque Italian town is selling houses for just 85p

A idyllic town in a beautiful region of Italy is selling houses for just 85p (€1).

Located in the south of Campania, two hours from Naples, picturesque Bisaccia is appealing to buyers to snap up the bargain properties in a bid to revive their dwindling community.

After a spate of earthquakes, the town’s population has been in steady decline, with many of the buildings in a crumbling and run down state, reports CNN Travel .

But now, over 90 of the buildings have been put on the market for one euro – approximately 85p – encouraging families or groups of friends to buy multiple properties.

After previous residents fled the rural area, the empty houses are now in the care of the local authority, meaning there will be no difficult dealings with original owners.

The only catch is that buyers are expected to commit to renovating the properties – although there is no set time frame for this to be completed.

Deputy mayor Francesco Tartaglia explains how many of the properties are “clustered” together – lined up together and often sharing a single entrance, making it ideal for a family or group of friend to move together instead of single buyers.

She told CNN: “We welcome families, groups of friends, relatives, people who know each other or investors to join forces.

“We encourage them to buy more than just one house to actually have an impact and breathe new life.”

It’s not the first area in recent months to appeal for new residents to boost dwindling population numbers.

The president the underpopulated region of Molise was offering newcomers thousands of pounds a year to live there after it was revealed there was not a single new birth registered there in 2018.

Newcomers were welcomed to villages a population of less than 2,000 and be in a position to open a new business.

In early 2019, the town of Mussomeli in southern Sicily put its abandoned properties on the market for a symbolic price of €1 to anyone willing to move in, on the condition the buyer would renovate within a year.


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