Italy's glamorous Lake Como area is known for attracting the rich and famous, and unsurprisingly, the property market in this particular corner of the country is booming.
If you've always dreamt of buying your own holiday home here, but don't quite have the movie-star budget, don't be too quick to dismiss the idea as unaffordable.
Local property experts from Lakeside Real Estate showed us around ten surprisingly affordable homes in the area under €150,000 each, all of which are habitable and not in need of structural work.
Could one of these be the dream Italian holiday home you've been looking for?
San Siro, one-bed apartment
“The only sound you can hear from this romantic retreat in San Siro (5 minutes drive from the resort destination of Menaggio) is that of the lake waves. The recently renovated, two-storey house, an historic fishermens' townhouse, typically featuring a wide entrance originally used as storage for recovering the fishing nets, is set just ten meters from the water.
It boasts a 180° lake view from the master bedroom and idyllic location, in one of the oldest medieval hamlets on the western shore of Lake Como.”
“This cozy little apartment is ideal if you love hiking: it’s set in the hillside of Menaggio (10 minutes from the beach), a perfect starting point for many hiking trails around the glorious mountains surrounding the village (Rifugio Menaggio, Sant’Amate, Alpe di Nesdale, Mount Grona and Mount Bregagno).
Featuring a super sunny terrace with breathtaking view: from Plesio you can easily detect the y-shape of Lake Como as a whole! A bit of a cosmetic renovation would be needed.”
Argegno (hillside), apartment
“Fully renovated, set in a very peaceful location – a car is needed to reach the lake and the highlights of the vibrant village of Argegno. Bargain!”
San Siro, apartment
“Ideal as an investment: excellent conditions, sunny, close to the beach (just five minutes' drive), super peaceful location. Fully furnished. The romantic bedroom in the attic boasts an enviable skylight enabling far-reaching views.”
San Siro, townhouse
“Traditional local townhouse: tall, narrow, with multiple rooms scattered over multiple levels. Stunning lake view. Set in a timeless little hamlet with cobbled alleys, a handful of houses, with the woodland a few steps away. The beach is just three minutes' drive.”
San Siro (hillside), detached house
“The soundtrack of this little house could be Lucio Dalla’s “Attenti al lupo”, when at the beginning he sings “There was such a small house…”.
It’s a small house indeed, but with plenty of potential with its stone facade and, most of all, its enviable garden with pergola benefitting from a 180° lake view. Habitable, with a bit of a cosmetic refresh needed. 25 minutes driving from the lake. Not so close to the beaches – ideal for those looking for their retreat far from everything and everyone.
San Siro, apartment in residence
“The public beach is just three minutes on foot, all the local services are at hand, the lake view is great: this apartment ticks all the boxes for being considered a good investment. A proper cosmetic refresh would be needed, although the house is perfectly habitable. The cellar is included in the sale.”
Moltrasio, renovated apartment
“A romantic pied-à-terre, fully restored, conveniently located 10 minutes from Como city and access to the highway to Milano and Switzerland. Example of artful restoration: look at the original stone vault in the master!
Just an additional note: Moltrasio in 2019 ranked 4th in the national chart of the most beautiful hamlets of Italy. Visiting is believing!”
“Ideal for history lovers: this little apartment is on the top floor of the most charming period buildings of the village, the ex railway station; the latter ended its service in 1939, during Second World War II. Waterfront location, although the apartment itself doesn’t face directly the lake.
The centre of the village is just three minutes on foot. Just perfect as an investment, ideal pied-à-terre.”
Argegno, renovated apartment
“Incredibly cozy and stylish at the same time. Artfully renovated, with plenty of original details. Literally behind the main piazza in Argegno, with all local services (e.g. ferry stop, bus stop, restaurants.) at hand. Great as an investment!”
Please address any enquiries about these properties to Lakeside Real Estate. But do let us know at The Local if you decide to make an offer!