1 bedroom stone house for sale
Italy - Oria, Brindisi, Apulia
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- Original 150 year old STONE HOUSE
- All original features retained
- Waiting for you to restore and refurbish
- to make 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom open plan country kitchen
- Pool is possible
- Land plot of 5.000 sq m
- Here to plant fruit trees, vegetables and herbs
- 5-10 minutes to famous town of Oria
- 25 min to the Adriatic Sea & sandy beaches
- 30 minutes to Brindisi international airport
150 year old beautiful stone house with start vaulted ceiling and original fireplace. To refurbish and extend making a fabulous holiday home with 2 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living room with open kitchen, Outside original stone bench, pergola for al fresco dining. Quiet location in sought-after residential area with many fine proprieties just 5-10 minutes into the historical town of Oria, one of the most fascinating and oldest towns of Italy.
Oria (or Uria in Latin) is a town and commune of 15.40 inhabitants in the province of Brindisi, in the Apulia region (southern Italy). Situated in a hilly terrain in the northern Salento, it received the title of city in 1951.
In classical times Oria was known also as Hyria or Hyrium, one of the principal Messapian cities. It is also renowned for having one of the oldest Jewish communities in Europe. Jewish scholarship in Oria included the study of philosophy, the Talmud, languages such as Greek and Latin, and medicine and natural sciences.
According to Herodotus, the foundation of Oria occurred when a group of Cretan wrecked along the coast of Salento. The Cretans chose the highest hill to build the city because from there they could well control the surrounding territory. They gave this city the name Hyria.
Since 1500 Oria suffered many sieges: we remember the fierce resistance against the Spaniards who were besieging the city. According to legend, Oria was saved by the patron St. Barsanofio and the value of all citizens. Inside the church of San Francesco di Paola you can admire a fifteenth-century statue of the saint patron of Oria.
The city was also home of Shabbethai Donnolo, one of the first Jewish writers born in Europe.
THE MEDIVAL CITY
The historical centre is enclosed in a medieval city walls dating back to the end of the millennium. Due to the numerous destructions and reconstructions, the architecture has taken on a unique character that is close to that of the white Mediterranean cities.
The influence of the church was remarkable over the urban aspect of the city. The higher places were occupied and protected by religious buildings and all the aristocratic families.
If the rich possessed chapels, the people used to adorn their homes and streets with holy shrines in devotion to a particular saint or in memory of historical facts (i.e. in Via Quinto Mario Corrado where there are two shrines called "Matunneddi" (the Madonnas)).
The civil architecture (apart from the Castle, the gates, "il Sedile" and Torre Palomba) consists of palaces built on areas with difference in level as Palazzo Martini and Palazzo Schiroli (in Piazza D. Albanese), Palazzo Errico (in Corso Umberto I), Palazzo Mingolla (in Via R. Lombardi) and Palazzo Pepe-Milizia (in Via Cap. De Tommaso).
Oria is located on the highest hills in northern Salento giving it a dominant position on the surrounding plains; the highest hill is Colle del Vaglio (166 m), on whose top is built the castle.
The town is not so far from the route of the ancient Via Appia between Brindisi and Taranto; Oria is 35 km far from Taranto, 32 km from Brindisi and 45 km from Lecce.
The natural vegetation consists of olive groves and oaks alternated with stretches of Mediterranean scrub. Valleys are full of mushrooms, myrtle and carob trees.
The fauna is characterized by a great variety of species including hares, foxes, hedgehogs (protected species), hawks, robins, thrushes, blackbirds, bats and many owls (owl, horned owl and barn owl). Then you can find also several snails that represent one of the best gastronomic specialities.
Oria has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters.
WHAT TO SEE:
ORIA is close to the other famous towns in this fantastic area of Italy: within half an hour or so you can reach the baroque towns of Francavilla Fontana, Manduria ( famous for its red wines), Grottaglie ( famous for Beautiful pottery) and Ceglie Messapica.
The cottage has also the advantage of being not too far from main areas of world interest in the middle of Apulia such as the mile long caves of Castellana; the archaeological excavations of the Roman Egnatia by the Adriatic coast line; the Trullo houses of Alberobello- an UNESCO world heritage site: the beautiful white town of Ostuni, located on top of a hill with fantastic Sea views; the wealthy baroque town of Martina Franca; the petite and charming Cisternino, the Zoo Safari Park of Fasano (lots of fun for children and adults alike); the caves of Polignano a Mare, well known also for its tasty ice cream; Grottaglie famous for its ceramics and old stone carvings; and last but not least the famous baroque city of Lecce which is called the Florence of the south. Lecce can be reached in 15-20 minutes and has countless medical churches and a great richness of architecture. In town there is also the famous Roman Amphibian theatre which is used for music and drama performances in the open during the summer season. Lecce is a wonderful town for long walks, enjoying the fantastic atmosphere, bars, outside restaurants and, naturally, great shops.
In Salento the coastline is fascinating and you can drive by car a few hours along the Adriatic cost line and passing many fine sea villages, like Otranto and Castro Marina. Contine to Santa Maria di Leuca and you are at the meeting of the two seas- the Adriatic and the Ionian.
Inland Salento there are a number of historical charming villages with ancient history. The advantage to stay in a village is to be able to socialise with Italian neighbours, to walk to the piazza café and buy a newspaper and a cup of coffee in the morning and having all amenities within reach day and night time. The town houses often come with a garden and roof terrace. When you approach a simple door just of the street you will often be surprised to find that inside there is a little palace, a 50 sq m garden and with great views over the country side from the roof terrace.
In Sternatina and Martigignano to the south of Lecce antique Greek is still spoken by the villagers.
Maglie is like a mini Lecce and with many fine buildings. Muoro Leccese is smaller and also represent a small town/village with a fine architectural history. Cutrofiano popular for French holiday home ownership. Ruffano has many fine old buildings for sale, waiting to find new owners and to be restored. Surano has a small town center with very nice antique buildings for sale. Spongano again is a small village surrounded by olive grooves. Here you can see secluded great villas and country retreats owned by foreigners and families from North Italy who come to relax in rural Salento.
The east coast of Salento is rougher than the south west and for people who enjoy the sea and fishing. Castro is beautiful with its location on top of the cliff by the sea and many villas with direct access to the sea. Santa Cesarea Terme is a spa resort, very popular with a beautiful setting and bay.
The cost from Santa Maria di Leuca to Gallipoli has many fine sandy beaches. The villages are perhaps not the prettiest but room for the beach life, pizzerias, restaurants and disco music summer time.
Santa Catarina well known also for its many fine villas in the area, some antique.
The sea outside of Porto Cesare further up the coast is probably the most beautiful and fantastic sunsets.
Continue along the Ionian side for miles and miles of blue flag beaches. Gallipoli is fascinating city built on a peninsula and a marvellous old town. Further north east you find Santa Catarina which is a sophisticated place and many celebrities have holiday homes here during the hectic August summer time. A bit further comes the super Porto Cesare with many seaside restaurants and a lovely bay with fishing boats.
Every were inland in Salento you see the vineyards and olive trees. Salento is a big producer of wine and olive oil, you can buy 5 litres Extra Virgin oil for about EUR 35.
By air there is a choise of two international airports, served by Ryanair, Easyjet , BA and others, both easily reached; Nearby Brindisi in the south in approximately 30 minutes.
and Bari in the north by car on the motorway in approximately 1,5 hour.
MORE TO SEE IN APULIA:
Bari being the commercial capital city with 250 000 inhabitants offers the best shopping, a grand opera house, called the Petruzzelli teatro; a large medical city centre with many museums. Just north of Bari lies a little town called Giovinazzo a true gem, right by the sea. Further north is Molfetta Outlet, a famous shopping galleria and 20 minutes further is Traini, a sophisticated town with a beautiful half moon bay & marina. Continue north to Castel del Monte, which is the mystical castle built by Frederic II in the 14th Century.
Within a 2,5 hour drive to the North of Bari lies Gargano, the peninsula called the spur of the Italian boot. Gargano forms a large nature and wild life Reserve and offers hiking and scenic trips around the peninsula. From here there are daily boat trips to the small Tremiti islands.
LIFESTYLE AND CULTURE::
The Italian lifestyle means many things but especially socialising; the home is used for sleeping and breakfasts, the Italians go out for enjoyments and dining. There are so much you can experience, like early morning markets in the small towns. music festivals, religious carnivals, the beach life, historical tours in the main towns, cooking classes, learning a bit Italian at language schools in Lecce, dining at the many country and sea side restaurants, night clubbing at the beach clubs of Capitolo.
As Apulia is a peninsula and surrounded by the two seas- the Adriatic in the north and the Ionic in the south - water sports dominate in the area; sailing, yachting, water skiing, kite surfing swimming & beach life. Golf is available with five good courses and San Domenico is world class (PGA 2014 Challenge Final). Tennis, horseback riding, hiking and bicycle tours are other options for the active minded. Squash clubs are located in Bari, Bitonto and other places.
WHY BUY IN APULIA?
Apulia has until recently been called the hidden treasure of Italy, unknown to most tourists who come & stay in Rome, Florence, Venice and at the Italian Riviera. However, all this is rapidly changing because of massive investments in the infrastructure, such as the improved motorways, enlarged airports and the introduction of low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet. The property prices are low in Apulia and low means value for money at bargain prices for the international buyers. We see more and more foreign visitors coming to Apulia and in our opinion investments will show good growth in value because of the increased demand. Also from north Italians as Apulia has become the most popular holiday destination for Italians. But rest assure, no tourist villages will ever be built because in Apulia the cost line is protected and people are against modern developments which do not fit into this historical landscape. Therefore, with increased demand for a fixed and limited number of properties prices are bound to rise.
Being south, Apulia has warmer weather than Northern Italy and even in the"winter months" of December to February the average number of sun hours per day is 4 and in June-August 10-11 sun hours per day! This means you can enjoy a long season of nice weather in Apulia. When you plan to buy a holiday home in Apulia think of that you will spend a lot more time outside than in the inside compared to at home. Therefore you will need plenty of terrace space, pergolas etc at your Apulian property and also cooking facilitates outside is very practical.
The water temperature in beginning of May is in average 19 degrees, up to 27 degrees in August/September and 19 degrees in November. This means you & family will spend time at the beach. Where ever you are in Apulia you can reach the beaches within 30 minutes!
WHY BUY FROM CASAPUGLIA?
Firstly we are an English speaking agency based in the middle of Apulia with local experience and can guide you to get the right property at the right price for you.
Secondly we have personally inspected every property that we recommend to buy and do not list hundreds of properties but a smaller selection of properties which we believe offer good value to the buyer. In Apulia many properties are offered at unrealistic prices but we say no to sellers who want us to list properties for sale at silly prices.
We have many years of international property experience, including 10 years in London, and see investments in Apulia through an international perspective. We have been active in several EU property markets and specialise in property management to ensure well maintained property for growth in property value.
We have a comprehensive range of local services:
- acting for the buyer - and not for the seller - by searching the market for the right property, negotiate the price and give advise through the buying process leading to completion of the purchase
- property management; we look after your property when you are away and ensure it is in perfect condition when you arrive. We will prepare a maintenance plan for annual maintenance and repairs of you property, which is essential to maintain and increase the property's value
- project management; we can act as you local representative and manage any renovation or refurbishment. We will also advise on any value added measures which could further enhance the capital growth of your property.
- lettings- we can assist you in the letting of you property and check in your tenants, deposit taking, checking out & inventory control.
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