Marylanders Show You Really Can Turn $1 Sicilian Tear Down Into Showcase Home

  • A couple have told how they bought a Sicilian townhouse at auction with a one euro starting bid – and transformed it into a stunning $250,000 Renaissance-style palazzo.
  • The council in the mountain village of Sambuca di Sicilia auctioned 16 abandoned homes in January 2019, with prices starting at a symbolic one euro.
  • Massoud Ahmadi, 70, and his wife Shelley, 60, ended up buying an abandoned 18th century townhouse in the village for just $10,500 at the sale and immediately set to work doing it up.
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