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Is this Huge Sea-view House in Sicily’s Loveliest Hilltop Village? We think so!

Casa Collegio is a six room, four storey townhouse in the timeless hilltop town of Gratteri, nestled in the green and sunny foothills of the Madonie National Park. The product of a merger between two homes which originally backed onto one another, it is a spacious and comfortable family home in excellent condition. At this price we consider it one of the best bargains to be had not only in Gratteri, but in the whole of the Madonie region.

The pride and joy of a local family with deep roots in the local way of life, Collegio has been lovingly-maintained and finished with some beautiful, ornate decorations and deeply traditional touches. Of certain interest to anyone looking to buy in the region, it will make some lucky buyer a first class investment. Will it remain a family home for a full-time relocation to Sicily, or find a new life as a vacation rental property? With an absolutely majestic panorama to take in from the comfort of its lovely roof terrace, the potential is endless. Such a sea-view house in Sicily will always capture the imagination!

 

The Property

Like some other traditional townhouses, Casa Collegio has dual entry, from a pair of parallel terraces. Built on four floors there is ample space for even a large family.

From the door on Via Collegio you pass into a little hallway which opens into a neat living room with a sociable window opening out onto the street, helping you stay in touch with all the important comings and goings of your friendly neighbours as well as letting in plenty of fresh air and light. Opening off this are a bathroom with a small tub and a utility room under the stairs. The floors are tiled with local, patterned ceramics.

On the first floor, up a beautifully polished staircase, you will find a little breakfast room which leads to a small kitchen. At the front of the property a family-sized dining room has a more formal air, with a high ceiling and marble-effect flooring. A double French window opens as if to a balcony, and although in fact there is none at this level the effect is to keep the room bright and feeling open. Completing the floor, there is also a small WC.

The stairs continue up to a second floor landing, where you will find the bedrooms. A sumptuous, huge master is finished with a splendid chandelier, and a slightly smaller one to the front boasts a balcony with a view of terracotta rooftops, green hills above them and the wide Sicilian sky. Here, too, there is a WC.

Finally, the third floor holds another large reception room, which would easily hold a double bed and bedroom furniture. Some sizeable wardrobes are already in place. This enjoys a balcony over the street to the rear of the property. At the front there is a covered terrace which peeks above the opposite houses and offers an unbeatable panoramic view of the sea, facing north-west and catching the sunset on the island’s long summer evenings. A final WC doubles as a utility room with a large sink.

The fittings are good quality and in decent condition throughout – Casa Collegio has been well-designed and well looked-after. Worth the price for the view from the roof terrace alone, it could also comfortably sleep six to eight with a little reconfiguration. A beautiful sea-view house in Sicily’s heartland.

 

Surroundings

Gratteri has long been one of our top picks for property purchases on the island, and even if you don’t feel that this is the perfect property for you we would unquestionably recommend taking a look at some of the other listings on offer in this charming hilltop village.

You can read our extensive introduction to the town at your leisure, but the headlines are everything you would imagine from a traditional Sicilian community. While there are all the amenities you would need for day-to-day life – including food shops and mini-markets, cafes, restaurants, pharmacies and a GP – there is a general sense of peace and quiet, of detachment from the chaos of urban life. In reality, however, the much larger towns of Lascari and Cefalù are under 10km away. The latter is a particularly stunning beach town, with a medieval old town flanked by two kilometres of sandy beach.

A little further afield, the island’s biggest and most eternally fascinating city, Palermo, is an hour away by car, along the conveniently-located E90 motorway. A metropolis reborn after a period of notoriety, here you will find a pair of Europe’s finest theatres as well as museums, galleries, top quality restaurants and a legendary street food scene. There is also Falcone-Borsellino International Airport, which will deliver you to any of the continent’s major cities within three hours’ flight time.

 

Potential

The property is ready to be moved into immediately, and needs no immediate investment, especially if it is primarily to be used during the summer, spring and autumn months. Some form of central heating could be a help from, say, December to March – although many of our clients who arrive used to northern European climates might chuckle at us for suggesting so!

The windows and painting (especially the exterior) could perhaps use a refresh, but this would be to put the icing on the cake and is not a matter of urgency. You might also want to consider adding a second shower on one of the higher floors of the house, for practicality.

If you are proposing renovation work the good news is that, unlike some of the narrower alleyways of the old town, the streets on which Casa Collegio stands are easily wide enough to accommodate the vehicles and paraphernalia necessary for construction work. We would be delighted to share our network of excellent contacts in the town with you, and our years of experience project managing renovation projects in this area is second to none.

Whether you would like assistance with work on the property, maintaining a rental home on a day-to-day basis, settling into your new permanent home or just looking for someone to check up on your property while you’re away from the island, we have the skills to suit your needs. We can’t wait to hear what you have in store for Casa Collegio, and our welcoming, multilingual staff are waiting to hear from you today today about this huge sea-view house in Sicily. We’ll be delighted to answer any questions you have.

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City:
State/County:
Zip: 90010
Country: Italy
Property Id: 3219
Price: € 65,000
Property Size: 180 m2
Property Lot Size: 190 m2
Rooms: 10
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 4
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sea view
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