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A town in Sicily is selling houses for $1! Would you move to Sicily?

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Imagine… your dream of living in Italy has finally come true, and not only that – your dream home cost next to nothing.

According to Travel + Leisure, CNN says that the town of Sambuca, nominated in Italy’s Most Beautiful Towns contest in 2016, located in Sicily, Italy is selling homes that can be yours for the sheer price of just €1, the equivalent to a little over $1 USD. (That’s basically like buying four gumballs out of a gumball machine.)

Sambuca isn’t the only town in Italy who is willing to make a big bargain. Apparently, Sardinia also sold homes at the price of $1 and Candela even went as far as to offer to ‘pay potential residents to move there.’ Pinch me!

What’s the catch? Okay, so maybe there was a little bit of embellishment…

To make off with one of these houses for the price you’d pay for a McDonald’s coffee, you must agree to follow a couple of rules.

To begin, all new homeowners must refurbish their new homes, which is going to run you a few dollars extra; According to CNN, renovations ball park around €15,000 (about $17,200 USD) – now that’s a lot of gumballs.CNN describes the homes as “crumbling” (uh-oh) and that the size of the homes range anywhere between 40 and 150 square meters (430 to 1,614 square feet). In case you’re wondering, 430 square feet is about the size of an 11-by-39-foot room. Travel + Leisure compare the square-footage to that of ‘the size of a spacious New York City studio’ – ooh la, la.

Homeowners are also required to pay a security deposit of €5,000 (about $5,700 USD). The nice part is that the security deposit is fully refundable, but only once renovations reach completion.

However, as you can imagine, Sambuca has been existing with a major population decline. Travel + Leisure says that residents have moved away to big cities or passed away. Sambuca’s deputy mayor and tourist counselor, Giuseppe Cacioppo, told CNN, “As opposed to other towns that have merely done this for propaganda, this city hall owns all €1 houses on sale,” and “We’re not intermediaries who liaise between old and new owners. You want that house, you’ll get it no time.”

So, even though your McDonald’s coffee just got a little spendier by say, $22,900, Cacioppo says ‘it’ll be worth it,’ and that living in Sambuca is like living in the “City of Splendor” and “Earthly Paradise.” I don’t know about you, but that’s enough to make me want to go grab my wallet and passport.

Read the full story on Travel + Leisure here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

A town in Sicily is selling houses for $1! Would you move to Sicily?

Totals
41% In a heartbeat
59% Not interested
Males
40% In a heartbeat
60% Not interested
Females
41% In a heartbeat
59% Not interested

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