A Californian Woman Buys 3 €1 Italy Houses, Here’s What to Know

Articles of homes being sold for just €1 (roughly $1.20) in Italy are all over the Internet, but isn’t this just too good to be true? Not according to Rubia Daniels from California, who bought her first house in Mussomeli, Sicily, in spring 2019. Her experience went so smoothly that she ended up purchasing two more houses.

A Californian Woman Buys 3 €1 Italy Houses, Here’s What to KnowLiving in Italy Is the Perfect Retirement Plan

Daniels knows Europe pretty well as she used to travel to different countries about three times a year. However, she’s never been to Sicily before, now she’s planning to retire there, and she’s not by herself.

After the initial purchase, she went for the second time to Italy to start renovations, and she traveled alongside her husband and brother-in-law. She then made a third visit, and she brought along a group of family and friends, some of which also purchased houses for themselves, and everyone had a different experience.

Each Town Has Different Rules on the €1 Houses

Besides the obvious taxes and fees that need to be paid in addition, each city in Italy has different rules on processing the €1-house sales. Some require a deposit system with the buyer’s plan on renovation, a certain number of lawyers and architects (that also need to be paid), some sales are auctions starting at €1.

Rubia Daniels renovating a house she bought in ItalyIt’s also a common practice for the cities to set a deadline for the competition of all renovations that buyers have to consider if they want to avoid penalties. Speaking of renovations, Italy allows investors to do whatever they want with the interior as long as they keep the facade as it originally was.

As a proud 3-house owner in Italy, here’s what Daniels recommends to future buyers:

  1. Don’t buy remotely and always visit before depositing.
  2. Don’t skimp on time, you’ll need at least a week if not more.
  3. Don’t fall for just 1 property, do some research and target a few to choose from.
  4. Keep in mind that renovations may go up to €20,000 (roughly $24.6K).
  5. Try to integrate as much as you can with every visit.

Rubia Daniels with the key to her €1-Italy house Investing in a €1-Italy house comes with a lot of responsibilities, and the final investment can surpass $24,000. Daniels asks everyone to be realistic about such an investment and think of it as long-distance moving – not just to another state but Italy, and still keeping your budget fairly low.

4 Amazing and Warm Destinations to Beat the Cold This Winter Season

If you dread the seasonal slump each year, a warm weather escape is perfect for you to ditch the chill and bask in the sun. Here are a few incredible sun-soaked destinations for you to check out this winter.

Palm Springs, California

With its sublime warm weather, stunning scenery, bold architecture, boutique hotels, and flourishing culinary scene, the stylish desert oasis of Palm Springs has long been a luxe and trendy gateway. The L’Horizon Hotel, designed by famed William F. Cody, with lavish and vintage furnishings, was once the playground for Hollywood elites like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, and many others. The nearby Aerial Tramway is an 11-minute, thrilling cable car ride taking passengers to a height of 500-feet to face Mount San Jacinto. After the ride head to the Purple Palm to ease your queasy stomach with nouvelle Mediterranean fare and strong drinks.

Negril, Jamaica

Jamaica is no doubt the ideal getaway with its postcard-perfect beaches, soulful vibes, and alluring cruises. But if you seek somewhere quaint and quintessential, ditch the touristy cruise ports and head instead to Negril on the secluded western tip of the island. This quiet beachside town boasts of charming luxury cliffside pads like the Caves, Rockhouse Hotel, etc. The local favorite 3 Dives lets you tuck into delicacies like lobster with a live reggae side, or open-fire jerk chicken. End your day watching a scenic sunset at Seven Mile Beach, next to the turquoise water. It’s the perfect Jamaican day!

Kauai, Hawaii

If venturing outdoors is your thing, Kauai is perfect for you. Kauai is the oldest and greenest of the Hawaiian islands, adorned with verdant hills, towering cliffs, gushing waterfalls, and plunging valleys. Take a Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour of the Waimea Canyon for a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the island. A thrilling sailboat ride around the Na Pali coastline gives you the exotic view of fluted walls, thousand feet long sheer ridges rising from the blue water, and majestic valleys. A collection of uptown cottages like the Lodge at Kukui’ula offer comfortable stays all year long.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands in Spain. This tropical and warm destination boasts 42 miles of beachline with supreme sand in various blonde shades. Los Gigantes Beach and Alcala Beach are two of the island’s best beaches. RedLevel at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora makes a great basecamp for a day trip to the Teide National Park, home to a magnificent crater, volcano, and petrified lava-filled landscape with snow-capped peaks of Mount Teide. Head to Haydee to savor some unique dishes like olive octopus risotto, or spicy tuna tartare with cherry sorbet.