Sicily Italy property: Choosing the Right Location to Buy your Second Home
By Paul Symonds
You may have made the definite decision to buy a second home abroad and you may have made the decision on what country. If you have chosen Italy and selected Sicily, then you still need to carefully consider where in Sicily you will buy. Living in a rural area and finding yourself bored senseless, or finding yourself in a busy, slightly wild city such as Palermo may equally be incorrect for your needs. So where in Sicily should you buy real estate or property. Where is the ideal place to buy a villa or apartment?
There are several factors you might want to consider when choosing a location especially:
- Your reason for buying (i.e. investment or for personal use)
- What transportation you will have at your disposal. Getting to and from your country of residence to the holiday/investment home
- Your hobbies/interest
YOUR REASON FOR BUYING YOUR VILLA/HOME
In Sicily, you may be buying real estate as an investment opportunity or you may be buying as a holiday home. If buying as an investment opportunity, both rental opportunities and capital growth will likely be of concern to you. An area such as the stunning seaside town of Taormina, despite being expensive, can offer a very reasonable yield on a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment. For investment parts of Catania might also be worth considering. If buying for a holiday home then the ideas below will become more important.
Getting from your country of residence to the door of your property is a very important consideration. You may have do a trip to your property for some unexpected reason, in addition to the regular trips to sort out the buying process and for visiting your property. Public transportation is not the best in Sicily hence this is an important consideration. The main airports into Sicily are Catania and Palermo airports and car hire is reasonably easy to sort out in these airports. Consider though that the Italian and even more so, the Sicilian way of driving can be very stressful for someone not used to it. To get to Sicily with your own car can be difficult thus buying with reach of Catania or Palermo may be worth considering. If you live or own property in Malta, then Air Malta also do cheap flights to the Sicilian Islands.
YOUR HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
If you are planning to spend time in your Sicily property yourself, think carefully about how your own interests and hobbies match the place you buy. If you enjoy beach life, eating fresh sea-food every night and also having enough to do in the evenings i.e. theatre, then consider a main city such as Catania. If you enjoy tranquility and wish to write or paint but still enjoy the sea life, then maybe somewhere such as Messina or Noto. Do your research carefully.
In terms of language, Sicily I think it fair to say, is further behind compared to many other places in Europe. People tend NOT to speak English and if they do it will be in the main cities. If moving and buying an apartment, villa or casa in rural Sicily, ENSURE you learn Italian.
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