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

an English chef bought a dilapidated house in a town in Sicily, Italy, for only 1 euro. But what seemed like a great deal didn’t thrive. The man they had to get rid of the property because they couldn’t find workers to renovate it within the deadline set out in the purchase contract. The incident occurred in the context of shortage of manpower for construction in the country, but the good news is that the buyer got his euro back e was able to invest in a new property in the same placewhere you live now.

The protagonist of this real estate story is Danny McCubbinfrom 58 years olda cook born in Australia but who lived for many years in UK. The man benefited from a sales plan of collapsed houses in the historic district of the Sicilian town of Mussomeli. This is part of a process in which several idyllic Italian rural towns put properties up for sale at rock bottom prices to repopulate their communitieswith national or foreign residents. In this case, the chef bought his property for just one euro. But the condition is that the place must be renovated.

Mussomeli is located on a hill in the region of Sicily
Mussomeli is located on a hill in the region of SicilyMunicipality of Mussomeli

The problem came when McCubbinwho has always dreamed of living in Sicily, near the Mediterranean, started looking for a construction company to condition the house he had bought. Then he came face to face with a working reality in Italy: Difficulty finding construction workers. It happens that the country has granted tax exemptions to families who renovate their homes, with the aim that these are ecological and focused on reducing damage from possible earthquakes.

With these favorable conditions, there were many houses that started with their reformswhich led to the employment of workers throughout the Italian territory, with which made it increasingly difficult to find workers and that, moreover, Prices of building materials will rise.

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

That’s the way it goes, McCubbin spent a year looking for a team of bricklayers to carry out the work on the Mussomeli house, but his intention was cut short for the reasons given. “It was very difficult to find a builder and over time the house deteriorated even more. When I finally found a construction company, renovating it was already costing twice as much. I decided it wasn’t worth it for me anymore. “ the chef entrusted to the British medium inews.

However, the man has not given up on his dream of living in the Italian island. Since he would not have attempted to renovate the house in the time stipulated in the contract, McCubbin returned the property and got his euro back, but it was for another house. Thus, he bought another cheap house in the same community as 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 another 5,000 euros (5,500 dollars).

Mussomeli has 11,000 inhabitants and is located 30 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea (Photo: Courtesy)
Mussomeli has 11,000 inhabitants and is located 30 minutes from the Mediterranean Sea (Photo: Courtesy)

Luckily he found some bricklayers who, in a week off between two larger jobs, made the repairs in just one week. that’s how the chef was able to quickly settle into his new home 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’ve always wanted to live in Sicily. My parents loved the countryside, so I wondered what was missing in Mussomeli and I got the idea for The Good Kitchen. “

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

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

Meanwhile, city authorities say the labor shortage problem will soon be resolved. “Local businesses, busy with renovations until 2024they are forced to turn down 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 boom in home renovations, which makes it difficult to find labor (Photo: Courtesy)
In Mussomeli, as in all of Italy, there is a boom in home renovations, which makes it difficult to find labor (Photo: Courtesy)

It should be remembered that and Mussomelithe Sicilian town located 30 minutes from the Mediterranean, where about 11,000 people live, About 42 Argentines bought houses for the price of one euro. According to an article in this medium, several people of Rosario, Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires, delta del Tigre. Some of them too they bought fields of olive and almond trees in the area.

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