VENETO & VENICE
VENICE REAL ESTATE - A GUIDE TO BUYING A HOUSE IN VENICE
This scintillating city, shimmering in the rays of Summer sunlight, hauntingly mysterious in the Winter mists, is always magical. To say it assaults the senses implies violence, and yet it does just that, but with a gentle assault that caresses you, intrigues you and eventually addicts you, not only to this city but to the whole area, of which Venice is spectacularly, magnificently, but only, the gateway.
Property for sale in Venice
A wide variety of property is available for sale in the Venice ranging from luxury apartments in historic buildings overlooking the Grand Canal to modern apartments in the island of La Giudecca.
However, in general terms, if you wish to buy property in Venice, you can find any kind of apartments for sale, from studio apartments, to larger ones, sometimes with terrace or even a private courtyard, and even whole houses.
Property prices in Venice can start at € 3,000 per sqm. In the districts of St. Mark or by the Rialto bridge you might expect to pay more, whereas apartments for sale in districts such as Dorsoduro, San Polo, Cannaregio or Santa Croce can be much better priced, as well as in the district of Castello in its central part. The Eastern part of the district of Castello (around Via Garibaldi and Biennale or Sant’Elena), you can find properties for sale at the most reasonable prices, as well as on Giudecca island. Prestigious locations such as Grand Canal dramatically increase the price which can be as high as €10,000 per sqm.
Studio or one bedroom apartments can range between € 200,000 and € 300,000. Two bedroom flats in historic buildings range between € 300,000 to € 500,000 depending on the floor and location. A terrace or a private courtyard can increase the asking price of a property in Venice, given their rarity.
If you look for apartments for sale as an investment (holiday rental market), Venice is one of the best investment of all of Italy thanks to its high rental returns. A property in Venice can be rented throughout the whole year as this romantic town attracts tourists in summer and spring as well as autumn and winter. The holiday market is so strongly developed that you can find reliable rental agents (or dedicated estate agents) who can take care of bookings, check-in check-out of customers and dealing with any emergencies which may occur. Their fee is a commission of the rental charge. Anyway you are still free to enjoy regular visits to your property as long as you inform your agent. Besides you are free to advertise your home yourself. You'll only pay for the costs for greeting customers and cleaning up the property and linen. A two bedroom apartment in Venice which could accommodate up to 4 people should yield € 1000-2000 a week, depending on the location, views and features.
Venice is the ideal place if you plan visit your property several times a year while covering most of your costs and mortgage by renting it to holidaymakers.
If you are interested in buying an investment apartment in Venice, you should know that there are very specific requirements that are necessary to be legally authorized to rent to holidaymakers. This is because the minicipality wants to limit the excessive tourist exploitation of the city and the pollution of the canals and their delicate balance that has lasted for hundreds of years. The most important is the rule that an apartment must be connected to a septic tank authorized and registered with the authorities. You can also consider buying an apartment without a septic tank, but you need to be sure that this is feasable and authorizable. In addition, the apartments must have minimum internal dimensions, both in total size and in minimum bedroom size, as the capacity of the apartment (in terms of legal maximum occupacy) will depend on the number and size of the bedrooms. Since it is difficult to know all these regulations, always and only rely on an experienced and honest real estate agent. If the property you buy does not have the right requirements, you will not be able to legally rent it.
VENETO – ESTATE MARKET
The Veneto is one of most beautiful regions in Italy, thanks to its huge variety of landscapes and ancient towns. The region of Veneto is the most diverse region in Italy. If you want to experience all that Italy has to offer in one relatively small geographical area, then, the Veneto should be your destination.
Veneto has a rare combination of pleasant climate, stunning scenery, beautiful towns and cities, cultural heritage and culinary delights.
The countryside has a unique charm with yet its small cities, fascinating treasure troves of art and beacons of fine living, and only a few miles to the north the Alps begin, their foothills dotted with charming towns and lined with picturesque world-class vineyards.
Apart from Venice, its capital and one of the most romantic cities in the world, the region of Veneto includes the soaring peaks of the Dolomite mountain range that are home to the world famous ski-resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo and are arguably one of the most beautiful range of mountains in Europe.
The beautiful hill country that precedes the dramatic rise of the Dolomites is home to some of Italy's most famous wines and some of its more enchanting hill towns. There are also spa resorts hidden away in these hills, whose thermal springs were first used by the Romans. Among them, the amazing Euganean Hills one of the most breathtaking, flourishing attractions surrounding the city of Padua. They contain splendid countryside and unforgettable especially in spring, glowing with almond blossom, and at the start of the autumn, when the hills are reddish in colour and the harvest time begins. At the foot of the hills are the spa towns of Abano and Montegrotto Terme.
Most people speed through the Veneto on their way to our favorite Italian city, Venice. Because the average traveler aims only to see the city on the lagoon, the rest of the region is blessedly devoid of tourist crowds, and yet, consider what they are missing:
Padua the Erudite (Padova), where lovers of Renaissance painting can see Giotto's memorable fresco cycle. Its great basilica of Saint Anthony is very well-known among the catholic world.
Verona, home to Romeo and Juliet, one of the prettiest and most historical little cities in the whole country.
Vicenza, the memorable "laboratory" for a man who may have been the most influential architect in history, Andrea Palladio, famous for designing magnificent villas.
Treviso, birthplace of radicchio and countaining a wealth of Renaissance palaces and arcades.
Asolo, a beautiful tiny hilltop medevial town at the foothills of the Dolomites.
Soave, a fairy-tale castle town whose name you may already know from your local wine shop. Chioggia, a mini-Venice with all the canals and none of the crowds.
Lake Garda, flanked by lemon and olive groves, with the snowy Alps reflected in its silvery waters. Teensy Marostica, where you can watch a human chess game whose living pieces are garbed in Renaissance costumes.
Bassano del Grappa, the sub-alpine home of white asparagus. Valpollicella, a verdant valley strewn with countless family wineries.
These and many other delights await you in Veneto. Come with us on a tour of the region, and perhaps you too will decide to choose it when buying your dream home in Italy.
Communications: The region has excellent road and rail links within Italy, Europe and the whole world. Veneto region is served by three international airports: Venice, Venice-Treviso and Verona connecting with all major international airports.
Buying a house in the Veneto
As regards property for sale in the Veneto, the types of houses available are numerous and very varied. From apartments located in the historic centers large cities, such as Padua or Verona, with a romantic but also modern charm, or small medieval villages. Alternatively, houses in the countryside, or beautiful rustic houses on the hills, like the wonderful Euganean Hills, or the hills of Asolo or Conegliano (where the famous Prosecco is produced) rich in enchanting landscapes, with well-kept vineyards in pure harmony with nature. But also modern isolated houses near major cities, apartments overlooking the sea or the lake. An incredible variety of properties and locations.
If you have never considered buying a house in Veneto, but have always wanted to buy it in Italy, then you should give it a try.