Who would have thought that the Italian project to sell abandoned houses in historic centers for one euro would have spread like wildfire throughout Europe? Thinking about it, in reality, it was predictable: it is convenient for those who buy, but not only, also the municipal administrations avoid in this way to see the country slowly decay, its traditions and its economy.
One of the European countries that has decided to adopt measures similar to those of Italian one-euro houses is Croatia. Yes, because in the small republic overlooking the Adriatic, to be precise in the picturesque town of Legrad, the sale of houses at a symbolic price already began at the end of 2020.
The only difference with the one-euro houses for sale in Italy is that in Croatia the price was set at one kuna. The Croatian kuna is the currency in use in the country, and not that it really makes a difference since we are talking about symbolic prices but it corresponds to only 13 euro cents. In short, even less than the Italian price.
The announcement of the start of the project was given by the Croatian Radio and Television, and apparently the purchase requests are coming from all over the country, but also from some neighboring countries, including France and Italy.
Legrad is a picturesque and well located village, only an hour and a half from Zagreb, the capital, and borders the Hungarian border to the east. The town, of course, is small, but it offers everything you need, above all unspoiled nature, hundreds of hectares of woods and a large river, the Drava, which descends from the mountains to the Danube.
Croatian institutions, as also happens in Italy, require certain conditions to those who buy the historic houses of the village at a bargain price: buyers must be under 40 years old and undertake to stay in Legrad for the 15 years following the sale. In short, the offer concerns those who are really committed to giving new life to the area.
There is also something more that the Croatian municipality does for newcomers in addition to giving the houses for only one kuna, that is, it makes funds available for renovations. Up to 35,000 kuna to refurbish newly purchased houses.
The project works, as local media report the area has the lowest unemployment rate in all of Croatia, even the mayor of Legrad was able to say, with good reason, that “there are practically no more unemployed”.
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