Buy a cheap property to retire in Sicily

seafront-properties-sicilyIf you are looking for buying a cheap property to retire in Sicily, you must absolutely read this post. That is an informative and comprehensive article written by a Sicilian woman who lives in Sicily and who knows the best Sicilian places where you can buy cheap and affordable properties to spend your retired life. This woman is me. Nevertheless, before buying a cheap retirement property in Sicily, you must also read the following  premise.

Cheap properties to avoid

In fact, it is easy you find cheap properties in very ugly and uncomfortable Sicilian places than in the fabulous and the unspoiled ones. However, the best places to buy a cheap property in Sicily exist, but they are always kept secret. Indeed, if you buy a cheap property anywhere in Sicily, you could remain very disappointed! Many apparently attractive places, in fact, are annoying because of bad mannered people to make noises and make life a real strength test. Well, do you want to buy a seafront property? You must know that beaches are quiet and calm in the winter, but noisy and too crowded in the summer. And so, if you think of spending your retirement in these places, you are wrong! Furthermore, there are also polluted zones in Sicily, where the price of properties is very cheap, almost a great bargain, but there, you risk to breath polluted air or the smell from exhaust pipe cars and scooters. Yes, some beautiful Sicilian properties are located in high traffic density zones. Hence, don’t buy in the downtown of Catania, Messina, Syracuse or Palermo, for example, but not even in the downtown of the East of Sicily, such as Modica and Noto. Here, you can find beautiful and expensive apartments for rent, but not cheap properties for sale. The secret Sicilian places with the best real estate bargains are elsewhere. Anyway, don’t get discouraged, now! If you want to buy a cheap retirement property in Sicily, continue reading the following paragraphs and you’ll discover how to achieve your legit desire to buy a good and very affordable property on my island (on the other hand, I live in Sicily every day).

Cheap properties to buy or rent

sicily-property1If you want to really proceed with your purpose, you must know this wonderful Italian island keeps some beautiful areas where you can buy fabulous and cheap houses. Those properties are in unspoiled places, always quiet, with good services to improve your daily permanence in Sicily. In fact, the ideal property, you must buy in Sicily should have the following requirements: untouched landscape, warm and well mannered people, a strong presence of basic services, such as health care assistance, pharmacy and grocery store, maybe not just in front of your home, but at a reasonable distance that you can reach easily. Before buying, you should also try to stay in Sicily for a while or for vacation, maybe in an apartment for rent, in a charming and relaxing area, in order to really understand how the life is in Sicily.

sicily-property2Very often, real estate companies and agents aim only to close the deal and sell the highest number of properties in Sicily to foreign buyers. These properties are never cheap because real estate agents sell houses for business. This is not my interest, instead, and not even my business, because my mission is, only, to talk about my loved Sicily to the entire world and help my visitors enjoy the best experience here, both tourists and home buyers. Hence, if you are a Sicily lover or a Sicilian emigrant who left Sicily, many years ago, I understand very well your strong desire to come back to your Sicilian roots. You gained wellness, a good job and fulfillment in the foreign country which hosted you and once that your children grew up, you would like to return home. Well, just now, I want to assure that you can really buy a good and cheap property in Sicily in accordance with your legit desires and needs. The ideal places where buying a cheap home to retire in Sicily are among nice and quiet villages, lush green, trees and mountains, overlooking the sea, if you want, but not on the beach!


property3-sicilyThe cheapest and beautiful properties are always the one sold by private Sicilian people. Sometimes, you can find really big deals, with renovated properties, at an incredible cost. I suggest that you also look for properties to be undergone to renovation works. They are really cheap to be bought and you can also customize them as you want. Just think that, from a private seller, some years ago, I bought a cheap and pretty property in a wonderful and untouched village in Sicily. The home was in need of renovation, but I bought this home only at a cost of 15,000 euros. It is a big property with a great courtyard, plants and olive trees field and a garden. Don’t believe in those who promise you to buy a home for one euro. This is only a marketing strategy. To buy cheap retirement properties in Sicily, the prices run from 12.000 euros for homes needing renovation to 50,000 euros for renovated homes, but there are also properties that can cost over 100,000 euros and in need of strong renovation. Obviously, the latter is not a convenient bargain. Remember, the cheapest Sicilian homes are always offered by private sellers.

If you are interested in buying property in Sicily,  don’t waste time,  because  Sicilian cheap properties are in high demand and are sold fast.

Hence, to buy a cheap property in Sicily, you should visit my island, at least, try staying there, a couple of weeks or a month, in a rental house, in order to dive into the Sicilian daily life. Then, during your vacation in Sicily, you should trying  strolling  the streets to see sale notices hanging on the external doors of private seller houses.

This is the best way to find a cheap property for sale in Sicily.

However, if you want to see images and information about cheap properties for sale in Sicily and Italy, at less than 20,000 euros, you can visit this website.



17 thoughts on “Buy a cheap property to retire in Sicily

  1. veerle desmet

    I am lookin g for a cheap property, not more than 10 km from te sea. I would like to renovate it myself. I need a (smaal) garden. thanks!

    1. Rosalba Post author

      Hi Veerle, what is the place in Sicily where you would like to find the property are you looking for?

  2. Kinga Plachecinska

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I hope this email finds you well.

    My name is Kinga and I work as a Storyline Editor for TVN which is a part of Scripps Networks Interactive.
    We currently produce a new show for HGTV – Mediterranean Life. It tells stories of American couples, families and individuals who left their life behind and decided to move to one of the Mediterranean countries – Sicily in this case. In the episode we show the participants visit three houses alongside the real estate agent and finally pick their dream one. We also show how their life has changed after the move. The show will be broadcast in the US on HGTV (it reaches over 40 million households in America and is accessible in 70 countries in the world). We are sure that our program will create a great opportunity to promote the region and show that it is not as hard as it may seem to relocate to the Mediterranean Europe.

    We’re looking for a real estate agent who would like to appear in the show and accompany our participants during their house hunting process. We’re looking for someone who knows the local real estate market inside out, speaks English perfectly (our participants are American) and is available between 24/05-28/05. Since Sicily is a very famous place of numerous relocations among Americans, we believe that our program would give your agency a perfect opportunity to gain more international clients.

    Would any of your realtors be interested in taking part in the program?
    If so, please kindly let me know and I’ll be more than happy to share some more details with you.

    All the best,
    Kinga Plachecinska

    1. Rosalba Post author

      Hi Kinga, sorry for my late reply, but I was too busy in the past weeks.
      Thanks for your interesting comment.
      Currently, I don’t know about foreign people who bought properties in Sicily.
      However, I think they will do this very soon, especially now that they can appear on a TV show!

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  4. Robert Carretta

    Hi looking for a rental property to learn the area and possibly buying later
    Looking for a safe nice place close to shopping with access to buses
    Doesn’t have to be beach area
    We are retiring

    1. Rosalba Post author

      Hi Robert, sorry for my late reply, but I was busy to write a new article for my blog.
      About your request, I am very sorry, but I can’t help you. I am not a real estate agent, but a travel writer. If you want to find rental apartments in Sicily to buy in the future, you should contact a real estate agent.

  5. Giuffridu Sansone

    Ciao; i am looking for a home probably fixer upper around 90 square meters and some land because i have dogs. We prefer single family but not too far from town.


    1. Rosalba Post author

      Hi Sansone, unfortunately I am not a real estate agent. In the past, I offered a free and paid service to help people find cheap property in Sicily, but the potential buyers never replied to my proposals and never bought the property, even though it was just the one they wanted. Due to the high rate of time wasters, I deleted this service. If you want to really buy a property in Sicily, contact a real estate agent. Good luck!

  6. Edith

    Thank you for an interesting post, it’s exactly the kind of thing I have been looking into. Not for a retirement though but to find a 5+bedroom house to renovate and make into a writers home. Due to limited resources the places to consider end up being the ones with cheap property but I would still love to have a good climate and amazing nature. So far been considering Sicily, southern Spain and Bulgaria :D. Hopefully will be able to narrow that down a little as I plan to visit the places and get a first hand idea of the situation. That’s probably the first reasonable way to go about it.

    1. Rosalba Post author

      Yes, Edith, what you said is the most reasonable way to find property in Sicily and abroad!

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