Selling a house in Italy has been very difficult since the last few years, so in an attempt to beat the bad property market, a British man named Jamie Abbott is selling their Italian home by way of raffle.
Abbott’s property is a 3-story, south-facing stone house on the edge of Carapelle Calvisio, a beautiful medieval village in Abruzzo’s Gran Sasso National Park. The 120-square-meter house comes furnished with old-fashioned yet gorgeous décor like curved brick and stone ceilings, as well as vines stretching over the door frames. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and features several unique features including an original stone staircase, sunny garden terrace, and a bathroom with a cave as a ceiling.
This picturesque house valued at approximately $282,000 could be yours by simply purchasing a $66 raffle ticket. Abott has created 6,000 tickets for the raffle and has already sold 5,400 tickets as of 3 a.m. ET of March 25th. Entries will be accepted until September 30th or until raffle tickets run out. The draw will be held at the end of October.
In addition to the house itself, the prize of the lucky winner also includes all notary costs, car rental, and flights from anywhere in Europe. There will also be a second-prize winner who will receive $13,270 and five third-prize winners who will receive a hamper filled with food and wine from Abruzzo.
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“We have tried to sell the house via the usual means, using knowledgeable local and international agents, but the market has been quiet and, despite some expensive advertising, there have been no serious takers,” Abbott wrote in the Questions & Answers section of the raffle website. “As such, we’ve decided to run this competition so one lucky winner will get the keys to this gorgeous house in Italy.”
To enter the draw or get more details about the raffle, visit the contest’s website.