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Gangi-in-Sicily_DA_2998601bOn the other side of the world in a picturesque Sicilian village, the council are selling off homes for less than the price of your morning coffee!

Sounds crazy? It is! The village has put up with years and years of overall decline and neglect and are now looking to revamp their town by selling off vacant homes, for just one euro each! This equates to about $1.43, amazing!

So, where’s the catch?! The bargains come with a few conditions, but nothing too damaging…

  • Buyers must pay a $7,000 (approx) guarantee to the local council promising that they will renovate the properties. The money will be redeemed once the homes are restored.
  • The houses must be restored within 5 years and considering that most of them are either derelict or barely standing, the cost of the renovation will be around $50,000.
  • As per usual, legal costs are always involved, so this will set you back around $8,500 per property

Gangi2_2999115cOnce you’ve taken care of these conditions, you’ll have yourself a brand new historic home in Gangi!

The council tried this idea a few years ago but with a lack of English-speaking councillors, it wasn’t very successful. Now the village are looking for foreigners to give the village new life!

Unlike Cronulla, the village is not near the coast, but it is a lovely, small medieval town surrounded by the mountains and friendly people!

Ready to invest, renovate and relocate? Enquire here today!

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South Coast delights

Many Sutherland Shire residents own farms, holiday houses and cabins on the South Coast of NSW. It’s the perfect getaway destination for us with our easy access onto the Princes Highway. Put the cruise control on and head south! Whether it’s Gerringong, Gerroa, Mollymook, Berry, Ulladulla, Berry, Culburra, Huskisson or St Georges Basin, they are all gorgeous towns with beaches or picturesque landscapes that make us forget the city!

One of the most popular weekends for the south coast pilgrimage is the Easter long weekend. 4 days of South Coast relaxation, this year’s Easter weekend coinciding with the start of the school holidays, is the perfect time for a 4 day holiday.  Quite often it rains for this holiday but wow, if this current weather could continue!

Beach & Bay is currently marketing several properties on the South Coast with a few more about to be advertised. As part of our expansion plans we have opened up a new division – Beach & Bay Realty, South Coast giving us even more reason to head south!

Here are some photos of our favourite places  and some of our properties for sale…. I Love The South Coast!

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The Perfect Winter Retreat

For me, the South Coast of NSW is one the best stretches of coastline in the world. It is only a stone’s throw from my front door, the scenery is breathtaking, the surf is exceptional and in the middle of winter there is no one around.

A friend and I took advantage of all these when we took a mid-week break to Mollymook and stayed in 48 Lockhart Avenue. We arrived late Monday night and after unpacking we quickly claimed our rooms. “You can have the master bedroom”, my mate chimed, “and I’ll have the other master bedroom.”

The holiday house itself is wonderful. Open plan living that flows from a huge kitchen area allows for conversation and cooking simultaneously! With only two of us in the house, we didn’t even enter half of the available rooms. Nor did we use the second living area. But in a place that could comfortably sleep eight people (probably more) it’s not surprising really.

We woke up to a beautifully clear Tuesday morning, only to find Mollymook beach resembling a lake. Whilst Sydney copped wind and rain, it also copped most of the swell. My predictions had been slightly off, so we hit the road. Eventually we settled on Durras and managed to sneak a wave in there. We relaxed on a headland with lunch before heading back to Mollymook to explore a little more.

We dined at the Beach Hut on Mollymook beach that night and ate some of the best burgers we’ve ever had. You can’t go wrong with a Mexican Beef Burger, with all the trimmings. Spectacular!

Wednesday morning was a lazy start, but we packed up and headed north by mid morning and surfed in the Shellharbour region. We arrived home to hear tales of rain and wind, and we hadn’t seen a cloud in three days. Thank god for the South Coast.

And thank you to Beach and Bay for the junket. It’s a beautiful part of the world.

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