According to Italian property specialist, Linda Travella, Puglia (or Apulia) is a region of Italy that is growing in popularity with UK buyers in particular. Puglia, one of Italy’s hidden gems, is located on the heel of Italy’s boot, and is bordered by two seas the Adriatic and Ionian. The area can be easily reached by plane to either Bari or Brindisi with both low cost and traditional airlines flying there and the ports of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto also provide excellent access from the sea.
Linda, who has been selling property in Italy for 25 years, said ‘Puglia has grown in popularity as a region over the last 6 years and some well known TV personalities have recently bought there, including Amanda Lamb of A Place in the Sun fame.
The Southern part of Puglia closer to Brindisi is the more popular, and with its closeness to the airport, pretty towns and stunning beaches it is an ideal place to own a home.
Puglia is famous for its “Trulli” with the biggest concentration being around Alberobello and Martinafranca. Trulli are conical, circular houses built without mortar and are thought to have been a tax dodge in the past. When the tax inspector came round the houses were dismantled and when he went away rebuilt! Unfortunately this idea would not work now!!
Ostuni is a very pretty town set on three hills about 40kms from Brindisi. You may be surprised at the architecture in Ostuni and in Puglia in general, as it resembles more the Arab style than the traditional Italian style you might expect. The area has been invaded by various nations over the years; the Greeks and Normans to name but two. All have left their mark and the mix in style makes for an interesting and attractive landscape. The weather, of course, is a reason to buy a property in Puglia, should you need one. The climate is extremely temperate, and with the temperature not dropping below 20c until about the beginning of December you can use your home all year around.
Prices of properties for sale in Puglia are another attraction, with a Trullo to restore starting from as low as €40.000. For €180.000 you can buy a 3 bedroom Trullo, just 15 minutes from the sea and 30 minutes from Brindisi airport, as featured here. The property is centrally heated, ready to move in to and has 4 acres of land complete with fruit trees, an olive grove and space to build a pool if you desire.
If you are looking for something grand then Casa Travella can offer a splendid 18th century Italian villa with 5 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms just 20 minutes from Lecce and the Acaya Golf and Country Club. The villa, which is walled and gated, has a swimming pool, full security system, and is set in 2 acres. This stunning property is on sale for €1,500,000.
Linda Travella’s view is that Puglia offers great value for money both for personal use and for investment, offering a wide choice of properties at affordable prices. The properties in this part of Italy are all within easy reach of either or both the Adriatic and Ionian seas, something which is hard to find in others parts of Italy.
Linda Travella is well known as an Italian property expert, having sold property in Italy since 1987. She was the first woman chairman of FOPDAC, is media spokeswoman for NAEA International, and was recently made an Honoured Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents for services to the industry over many years.
She has appeared on ITV A Place in the Sun with Amanda Lamb, Selling Houses Abroad with Andrew Winter and BBC Breakfast News.
Puglia Trullo For Sale:
The picture is of San Michele Salentino, near Brindisi, Puglia. This is a lovely 3 bedroom trullo on 4 acres of land with olive trees, external pizza oven, 15 minutes from the Adriatic sea and 30 minutes from the Ionian sea. Price €180,000.
For a full range of properties in Italy, visit www.casatravella.co.uk or phone: 0044 (0)1322 660988.