He bought a house in Italy for one euro, but had to return it three years later due to an unexpected problem

a British chef bought a dilapidated house in a town in Sicily, Italy, for just 1 euro. But what seemed like a great deal did not prosper. The man had to get rid of the property because they couldn’t find workers to remodel it within the deadlines stipulated in the purchase contract. The incident occurred in the context of labor shortage for building in the country, but the good news is that the buyer got his euro back and was able to invest in a new property in the same locationwhere you currently live.

The protagonist of this real estate story is Danny McCubbinfrom 58 years olda cook who was born in Australia but lived many years in the UK. The man benefited from a sales plan of collapsed houses in the historic quarter of the Sicilian town of Mussomeli. It’s part of a process in which a number of idyllic rural Italian towns are putting bargain-priced properties up for sale in order to repopulate their communities, whether with domestic or foreign residents. In this case, the chef bought his property for just one euro. But the condition is that the place be renovated.

Mussomeli is located on a hill in the region of SicilyCommune of Mussomeli

The problem came when McCubbinwho has always dreamed of living in Sicily, near the Mediterranean, started looking for a construction company put in condition the house he had acquired. Then he finds himself faced with a working-class reality in Italy: Difficulty finding construction workers. The country happens to have granted tax exemptions to families who renovate their homes, with the aim that they are eco-friendly and focused on reducing the damage caused by possible earthquakes.

With these favorable conditions, there were many houses that started with their reformswhich has resulted in the employment of workers throughout Italy, with which made it increasingly difficult to find workers and that, moreover, The prices of building materials will increase.

Another postcard from the idyllic village of Mussomeli (Photo: Courtesy)
Another postcard from the idyllic village of Mussomeli (Photo: Courtesy)

So things, McCubbin spent a year looking for a team of masons to carry out the works of the Mussomeli house, but his intention was interrupted for the reasons given. “It was very difficult to find a builder and over time the house deteriorated further. When I finally found a construction company, renovating it already cost twice as much. I decided it wasn’t worth it for me anymore,” the chef told the British media. news.

However, the man did not give up his dream of living on the Italian island. Since he would not attempt to renovate the house within the time stipulated in the contract, McCubbin returned the property and got his euro back, but it was for another house. So he bought another cheap house in the same community of Mussomeli. It was not a gift like the previous one, but for just 8,000 euros ($8,800) he got his new homewhich only needed minor repairs, which he completed with the investment of an additional 5,000 euros ($5,500).

Mussomeli has a population of 11,000 and is 30 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea (Photo: Courtesy)
Mussomeli has a population of 11,000 and is 30 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea (Photo: Courtesy)

Fortunately, he found masons that in a week off between two bigger jobs, they did the repairs in just one week. It was like that the chef was able to settle into his new home quickly and opened a community kitchen in the town square to deliver food to vulnerable families in the area.

“I moved here at the end of December 2020, because I wanted to live in Italy when Brexit happened McCubbin said. I have always wanted to live in Sicily. My parents loved the countryside, so I wondered what Mussomeli was missing and came up with the idea for The Good Kitchen.”

Danny McCubbin has set up a community kitchen to help vulnerable families in Mussomeli
Danny McCubbin has set up a community kitchen to help vulnerable families in MussomeliInstagram @DannyMcCubbin

The chef added that life in Sicily was the exact “polar opposite” of his London reality. “I like the rustic and calm style of this place. Go to bed at 10 p.m. and get up early to go to the market”, he pointed.

Meanwhile, city officials say the labor shortage issue will soon be resolved. “Local businesses, which are busy with renovations through 2024are forced to refuse new contracts, but soon there will be an influx of new builders from abroad to help,” the mayor of Mussomeli told the aforementioned British media, Toti Nigrelli.

In Mussomeli, as in all of Italy, there is a housing renovation boom, making it difficult to find labor (Picture: Courtesy)
In Mussomeli, as in all of Italy, there is a housing renovation boom, making it difficult to find labor (Picture: Courtesy)

It must be remembered that in Mussomelithe Sicilian town located 30 minutes from the Mediterranean, where some 11,000 people live, About 42 Argentines bought houses for the price of one euro. According to an article in this media, several inhabitants of Rosario, Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires, Tigris Delta. Some of them too they bought fields of olive and almond trees in the region.

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