- Two properties
- Stone floors
- Stone walls
- Wooden beams
- Sea, town and mountain views
In fact, the house consists of two semi-connected properties. The property can be used as one large property, but you can also divide into two, separate properties. Here are two entrances and two stairs. The top floor of the two parts are connected, and there is the possibility to easily open up between them also on the second floor.
The property overlooks three directions. In one direction you have a great view of the old town of Gratteri. The short side of the house overlooks the sea and the mountain massif stretching down to the sea. In the third direction, you have a view of one of Gratteri's most important and oldest churches - Matrice Vecchia.
In total, the property is 165 sqm - one property of 75 sqm and the other about 90 sqm. There is a need for renovation, but structurally, the property is in good condition with ceilings and beams in good condition.
House No. 1.
On the ground floor, there is a 250-year-old carpentry shop. In this room, there is a built-in part of the cliff in a corner, a built-in wall cabinet that was used as a refrigerator and the old wooden beams remain. In this room, as well as throughout the property, the house is built in massive stone and there is a possibility of removing the plaster to make the old stone walls visible.
On the middle floor, there is a large and bright room, and on the top floor, there is another large, bright room and a smaller storage. There is also a smaller balcony with views of Gratteri town and the sea.
This part of the property is 90 sqm large.
House No. 2.
At the first floor, there is an old stable, with the old stone floor preserved.
Upstairs is a room and storage room. At the top floor, there is a large room, bathroom, and kitchen. Here is also a connecting door to the other property.
This property is 75 sqm large.
The short-side of the property has fantastic views and is a green area. Even if not part of the property, it would be possible to use as an outdoor area.
For more information about this property, the process of buying a property in Sicily or about Sicily in general, you are most welcome to contact Marie Wester by email or phone: +39 328 444 8589. You can also use the contact form placed in the right sidebar.
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Palermo, la vecchia signora, is an experienced beauty who refuses to give up. Through the centuries, or rather the millennia, she has seen countless conquerors. Some have enriched her, most have plundered her. They have, however, all left their significant mark on her, in the form of cuisine, buildings, and culture. To name a few, the Romans, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks and Saracenian moors have all been here and left their distinct contribution to the region. Surrounded by mountains she rests like a jewel in her Mediterranean bay.
Foreigners thinking about settling down in the city tend to worry about the Mafia. These worries are no longer necessary, for the Cosa Nostra does not cast the same menacing shadow over the city like they did in the 80s and 90s, before the legal system finally put a stop to the families of Corleone and their reign of terror by arresting il capo di tutti capi, Toto Riina. It is also worth noting that the tourism has never been a target for the Mafia. It has instead been regarded as an important source of revenue that is not to be disturbed.
Palermo invites you to explore her. This will require some effort on your part though. Menus tend to be in Italian only (or even Sicilian) and waiters and other service personnel speaking English is far from a given. However, the smallest attempt from you to communicate in Italian will usually be rewarded with a ‘Bravo!’ and a smile.
If you are the type of person who appreciates the unpredictable in life and see opportunities rather than adversity, Palermo is the city for you. And if you put in the work, you will be rewarded with a city of unparalleled beauty and joy. Roberto Alajmo’s lovely book on Palermo is called Palermo è una cipolla, or Palermo is an onion. Because just when you think that you have gotten a grasp on the city, you find another layer.
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