(CNN) – There is a place on the Italian island of Sicily where you can hear a lot of American voices flying through its narrow streets instead of the local language.
Sambuca di Sicilia, which earned the name of being one of the first places in the country to sell old houses for nothing, has become the epitome of Italy’s “Little America”. after the wave moved most of America to seize. sell property and give new life to the city.
When the second section of the application closed last November, the city office was once again filled with hundreds of requests from interested customers. The homes were sold to the highest bidder, between € 500 and € 7,000 ($ 540 and $ 7,560).
Close to new buyers from the United States, said Prime Minister Giuseppe Cacioppo. Some sold their undisclosed property and others rejected Covid travel restrictions and jumped on the bandwagon to check.
“We would say that almost 80% of the people who wrote to us, applied for and participated in this second sale from the United States or the United States,” Cacioppo said. “There’s a lot of interest from customers from America, and luckily, it doesn’t end there.
So what motivated these new buyers to take responsibility for properties damaged by the earthquake in deep Sicily? Surprisingly, people don’t just want to take a relaxing vacation. They want to help revive the city’s voice and economy.
David Waters said he would use crowdsourcing to pay for his new projects.
Thanks to David Waters
David Waters, an online entrepreneur from Idaho with a passion for Italian property, plans to renovate his newly acquired Sicilian homes through crowdfunding – and then donate them.
He bought two apartments with winning prizes of € 500 each. They are located in the quietest corner of Sambuca, an old island where abandoned houses line the streets.
Waters described himself as a fan of Italy’s single euro home program and said he wanted to help rebuild the dead, abandoned communities.
“I want to create a way for future investors to support small communities like Sambuca of Sicily,” he said. “I want anyone who wants to be able to fulfill their dream of having a piece of Italian history to do so.”
According to Waters, its public offering will offer discounts, from the store to overnight stays at the finished home, for those who want to support the local community.
“I bought a couple of properties in order to have the ability to start with a mass advertising and expand to a high -profile advertising goal.”
He said donations and services would be provided to improve the Sambuca park, roads and businesses.
“We will engage the wider community as much as possible to give them the power to vote on what we provide in these community services,” Waters said.
Crowdfunding members will participate in the redesign and will also be given ticket codes, indicating a chance to win its Sambuca assets, depending on the level they have chosen to enter.
Prizes will be finalized before the prizes are handed out to the winner, which will be chosen by computer.
Although his two classrooms needed renovation, Waters said he was interested in their location and focus, and wanted to show people how that could be changed. dilapidated buildings to “beautiful and beautiful.”
One house was small, and the adjoining house was spread over 80 square meters and came with seven bedrooms.
That is love
The pull of Italian food has inspired Arizona -based chef Daniel Patino, founder of a new food chain in the U.S., to take a big step forward and grab a piece of la dolce vita .
Patino finished the only available house with three floors and a panoramic terrace at a price of just € 2,500 – and won. He made everything from the US. A local Sambuca woman approached him through town and sent a video and photos of the property, enough to give Patino an idea of what he was asking for.
“It’s more than a trip,” he said. “Is it gambling?
“I posted an invisible page after looking at all the property online, but this thing just spoke to me. There’s a small yard outside….
Patino is not sure what he intends to do with it – whether he will use it as a holiday home or an Italian member of his food chain. Now, she says, it’s just a dream, walking down the path of remembrance.
“I’ve always loved Italy. In my previous travels in my career as a professional chef, I knew the Italian food culture and why food is so important to Italians.”
“I also learned how to live in Italy. When it comes to living, we don’t have to go a hundred miles an hour like we do in America. It’s fun in peace, taking time to rest and not always worry about work. all the worlds. “
Patino says his wife wasn’t on the ship at first, telling him “you’re crazy, you can’t be honest.”
Now that he owns the property, he says he only knows where to get from here.
He might decide to start making some of his new salads in Sambuca and change the American -style health food and homemade clothes to antipasto alla Siciliana.
Safe place of painters
Brigitte Dufour wants to turn two abandoned houses into sanctuaries for artists.
By Brigitte Dufour
Brigitte Dufour, a French -Canadian lawyer and founder of a human rights organization, bought two abandoned houses in the historic Saracen district – a small house for € 1,000 and a larger home. no € 5,850. He spoke two words without knowing the other.
“To be honest, I knew there was a lot of competition so I thought posting a picture in two different houses would increase my chances of winning,” he said.
Dufour said he wanted to help the local community by providing time for artists from all over the world to get out of trouble.
His small two-story, 50-square-meter (about 540 square feet) property will be the home for the artist, he said. It’s a place where artists can express themselves and “rest from the hardships and pressures of their home country.”
“They can stay for two weeks or a whole month, and are encouraged by the beauty of Sicily and Sambuca to create works of art that talk about gender issues, dignity, human rights. They can. they benefit from using a safe environment. ”
The property is in good condition with a terrace offering outdoor space with views of the surrounding green hills. Dufour likes the old -fashioned majolica tile that was painted, he said, to give the house a traditional feel. He saw an old clay mill hanging on the wall when he bought the place.
Dufour said the goods he bought were good.
By Brigitte Dufour
“It’s better than I thought, it’s not a bad thing,” he said. “Everybody told me ‘oh but you’re going to get hurt.’ But it has good walls, but there is more work to be done. “
Dufour is planning a fun retreat and is seeking advice from a € 1 home remodel shop that has renovated their homes.
Its second property, measuring 80 square meters (about 860 square feet), will serve as a two -story apartment building and another space for future artists.
“I thought it would be better to have one house to bring in more artists, but when I visited Sambuca after I won the awards, I loved the village and I hope to keep this second home for me and my family.
“My kids and my family in Canada, more than my brother and sister, are really happy with this,” said Dufour, who loves the beach a 25 -minute drive from Sambuca.
If the artists’ house needed more space, he would use parts of the second building so that it would also accommodate the artists if it needed to be redone.
The second building has a large open space that he said is ideal for hosting events and exhibitions, with high ceilings and a beautiful panorama. Unlike the first floor, the second floor needs renovation.
“I couldn’t see him because it was dangerous to walk into the rooms,” he said. “It’s not clear how solid the floor is. But you can really feel that place.”