Uninhabited village, 25 houses with 80 hectares next to the Ordesa and Monte Perdido national park in the Aragonese Pyrenees for only €650K:
I’ve only been to this one once and can’t comment further, but sales of deserted hamlets of this nature are going to become more frequent, even in Catalonia, as the Ryanair effect kicks in and Birmingham sells in the Welsh borders in order to buy in the sun.
If you purchase a village, the biggest initial problem is going to be stuff like putting in roads and basic services without getting slaughtered by the contractors and the bureaucracy. That done, your major medium- to long-term risk is legal. Most of the people who lived in these places assumed that their houses were worth nothing when they went off to work in the cities during the 50s and 60s – and many of them couldn’t write – so establishing ownership of a complete village can be extremely difficult. One bunch of foreign investors bought a settlement in the region a few years back in order to set up a
hippy theme-park new-age community, only to find that a deranged hooligan from Madrid still owned a patch next to the chapel and had decided that it would do his soul good to come up and lie around every other weekend drinking beer and shooting rabbits. Beware…
- Carnival car sale
–Why don’t we do the deal Monday so we can do the transfer-of-ownership bureaucracy at the same time? –I’d really like to
- etymology of guay: update
Three people tell me that 10-15 years ago when they were kids they used to use guay amongst themselves in the
- Taking the peace? Catalan village writes Shalom backwards
A few months back I posted about Barcelona Council’s totemistic approach to foreign languages. Here, from CataloniaWatch, is another brilliant example:
- Mosque in Siurana
Apparently they’ve found the remains of a mosque down in Siurana de Prades, which was the last Muslim stronghold in these
- Is cow an everyday term?
Someone said to me the other day that oh, of course, Catalan is nothing more than the language of the bureaucracy.