This town in Switzerland is selling houses for 81p so we’re off

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  • If you’re thinking of moving abroad but you’re not sure where to go, this Greek island will pay you to move there. Sun, sea, sand and six grand sounds pretty good, right?

    And if that doesn’t appeal to you because you prefer a mountain village feel, then how about this: a beautiful town in Switzerland is selling houses for just 81p. Yes, really. Not quite sure where that random figure came from, but who can complain? A house for less than a pound – a tempting offer, especially when you consider that the average wage required to buy your first home in the UK is a rather eye-watering sum.

    The remote town in the Italian-speaking municipality of Monti Scìaga, located in the province of Ticino, is selling nine properties for a bargain price in order to encourage people to come and live there while revamping the stone houses, according to The Local. They have stunning views of Val Veddasca and Lake Maggiore, and as it’s close to the Italian border Milan is just 70 miles away.

    We can see ourselves there already.

    Scìaga has been ‘almost completely abandoned since the 1970s but has maintained its original structure with traditional architectural elements’ according to an a plan published online.

    Small catch – the hamlets, known as rustici to the locals, are currently in ruins so will need to be fully renovated. Finally, we have an excuse to watch all of the decorating shows for, you know, inspiration.

    But the good news is that the plumbing is sorted in all the properties, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

    Currently the plans are waiting for approval, but once the local building authorities have signed off on the proposal in the autumn the houses will be up for sale.

    Tempted to pack your bags and head to Switzerland? Same.

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