Swiss mountain village will sell houses for 82p in bid to breathe life back into picturesque hamlet

Swiss mountain village will sell houses for 82p in a bid to breathe life back into the picturesque hamlet… but buyers must fully renovate the stone ‘ruins’

  • The crumbling homes of Monti Sciaga in the Italian-speaking Ticino province are on sale for just 82p (1 CHF)
  • Known as ‘rustici’ the dilapidated stone properties are built across a flushing meadow on a mountainside
  • Home owners would have views over Lake Maggiore and be just a short trip from Lake Como and Milan
  • But the municipality says each new buyer would have to fully renovate their home in accordance with the law

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A Swiss mountain village is selling picturesque mountainside houses for just 82p to revitalise the old stone properties.

The crumbling homes of Monti Sciaga in the Italian-speaking province of Ticino are surrounded by alpine trees and have breathtaking views over Lake Maggiore.

The hillside is just yards away from the Italian border and residents would be a short journey away from glorious Lake Como and chic Milan.

But to own one of the old homes – known as ‘rustici’ – a prospective buyer would have to fully rebuild and renovate their property in line with the laws of the land.

Despite their remote location at the top of a wooded meadow, the hamlet does have plumbing, according to The Local, which may ease the reservations of some buyers.

Similar schemes to breathe new life into diminished communities have been seen in Europe, most recently on the tiny Greek island of Antikythira nestled between Crete and Kythira.

The Bishop of Kythera and Monemvasia along with the local council of the island hope to increase the population there from 24 to 300 by offering £450, free homes and food to young families.

Officials hope to secure new residents to be employed as fishermen, farmers, builders and bakers. 

Some of the stone homes at Monti Sciaga are in better shape than others, but the municipality says prospective buyers can rest assured that they are fitted with running water

The old crumbling hamlet lies close to the edge of a wooded area in meadows on the mountainside over Lake Maggiore in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino

The old crumbling hamlet lies close to the edge of a wooded area in meadows on the mountainside over Lake Maggiore in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino

Home owners would have stunning views nearby from San Salvatore mountain over Lake Lugano which borders the Italian province of Lombardy

Home owners would have stunning views nearby from San Salvatore mountain over Lake Lugano which borders the Italian province of Lombardy

A trough full of fresh running water is surrounded by the crumbling walls of homes in Monti Sciaga, an old hamlet in Ticino

A trough full of fresh running water is surrounded by the crumbling walls of homes in Monti Sciaga, an old hamlet in Ticino

The tiny village of Monti Sciaga in the Italian-speaking province of Ticino, is a short distance from the Italian border

The tiny village of Monti Sciaga in the Italian-speaking province of Ticino, is a short distance from the Italian border

The local government is offering the homes for the nominal sum of just one Swiss franc, on the condition that they must be fully renovated by buyers

The local government is offering the homes for the nominal sum of just one Swiss franc, on the condition that they must be fully renovated by buyers

One of the crumbling homes in early spring - they are just yards away from the Italian border and residents would be a short journey away from glorious Lake Como and chic Milan

One of the crumbling homes in early spring – they are just yards away from the Italian border and residents would be a short journey away from glorious Lake Como and chic Milan

The old homes are known as 'rustici' and the local government wants to revitalise the homes with new residents and building works

The old homes are known as ‘rustici’ and the local government wants to revitalise the homes with new residents and building works

Fields of vineyards surround the lush mountainsides of Ticino in Switzerland (pictured: a field between Maroggia and Arogna)

Fields of vineyards surround the lush mountainsides of Ticino in Switzerland (pictured: a field between Maroggia and Arogna)

Lake Lugano, a glacial lake named after the city of Lugano and situated between Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, is just a short journey from the hamlet

Lake Lugano, a glacial lake named after the city of Lugano and situated between Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, is just a short journey from the hamlet

The azure waters of Lake Lugano sweep through the ancient valleys of Switzerland and Italy

The azure waters of Lake Lugano sweep through the ancient valleys of Switzerland and Italy


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