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  • Puglia
Price £147,243
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Property Description

A rare chance to buy an apartment in the beautiful medieval walls of Ostuni, Puglia’s famous La Citta Bianca (The White City). These really are the original walls that fortified this famous historic hilltop town and in days gone by it might have been possible to look down from the apartment windows and watch the knights in their proverbial shining armour riding past. OK, that’s the sales patter over; here are the facts:

The apartment is on two levels.The first-floor rooms, all with vaulted ceilings, have panoramic sea views, as does the roof-top garden terrace. The building, although structurally sound and connected to mains services, needs internal renovation to maximise its potential.

Planning permission has already been granted to make these enhancements. At present the first floor, which is the main area of the apartment, comprises two large rooms (one with a balcony), two smaller ones and a bathroom. The approved project allows for these to be divided into two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen/diner/salon. There is also a downstairs room which can be converted into a bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The configuration can easily be changed to suit individual requirements.

This lower floor also includes a large area which can be converted for use as a storage area or – and extra permission would be needed for this – into another bedroom. It has one small window with the same sea view as those above, but as this is in the historic city wall, a protected monument, it wouldn’t be possible to enlarge it in any way. The roof-top terrace is some 60 sq. m., easily big enough to cultivate a potted garden and to dine out with your friends with a superb vista of the Adriatic coastline. If you can drag yourself away, Ostuni’s premier restaurant is a 100-metre walk and the city’s famous cathedral very close by.

Incidentally, if you needed more space, the neighbour would sell you the part of his building which adjoins the first-floor rooms. This is another large area with sea views which would easily manage two en-suite bedrooms. He is asking 38,000 euros for this.

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