Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

This Empty Italian Village Is Giving Away Free Houses… You HAVE To Check This Out.

The town of Gangi, Sicily wants you to be its neighbor. The sleepy Italian hamlet is giving houses away for free, but there is a catch. Some of the homes have been abandoned for decades. So, if you are lucky to receive a free residence, you must do a lot of fixing up and have it completely liveable within a four-year time limit.

The municipality released a press release stating, “those who will be assigned the free houses have to bear the expenses for the transfer of ownership and must undertake to present the project of renovation of the property within one year of purchase and complete renovations within three years.”

The move comes with the hope to repopulate the town of 7,000 inhabitants while boosting tourism in the area. Gangi lies within the centre of Sicily. It is hoped the new homeowners will also revitalize the job market by hiring local tradespeople to fix up their new digs.

Beginning in the 1890's, most of Gangi's residents left for the United States or Argentina.

In the wake of the mass emigration, many empty homes remained.

In the 1950's, the town had as many as 16,000 people but now those numbers are closer to 7,000.

The 13th century village is steeped in history.

Given how long the buildings have stood empty, there is significant decay and the repairs will be very costly.

Given the popularity of the project and the appeal of the area, there is already a waitlist of wannabe residents.

The village is literally a snapshot from history given the impressive rock-work and stone streets.

The village is literally a snapshot from history given the impressive rock-work and stone streets.

Gianni Cipriano/The New York Times

One Florence-based business picked up two free units and bought seven more with the hopes of connecting them together and making a hotel.

One Florence-based business picked up two free units and bought seven more with the hopes of connecting them together and making a hotel.

Gianni Cipriano/The New York Times

There is worldwide interest in this village. There are investors as far away as Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The selection process is lengthy as successful applicants have to add something to the town.

Would this be a place you'd like to live?

Source: Where Cool Things Happen

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