Hello and thank you for your interest in buying or renting property in the area of ASHA!
You may already know this, but in my ‘old’ life many years ago, I owned one of the largest restorations companies in Italy catering specially to foreigners. Now, as we embark upon building a new culture and paradigm, I would like to share my considerable experience with the community.
Some basic advice: There are more buildings ready for occupation in town than outside. In town some ‘habitable’ buildings are available for about €20,000. These houses served farmers and miners in the past, so are really quite simple. From an English or American point of view, these ‘habitable’ buildings will need further work, such as replacing or building bathrooms, opening dividing walls, significant roof repair, etc.
My advice has always been to buy unrestored – even a ruin – and to rebuild as much as one can. The disadvantage of this as an option is that there is nowhere to live in the meantime, but rents are really very low. The advantage is that you can get a larger property, a ‘clean slate’ as far as design choices go, and also delay out-payments over the term of the restoration. You’ll also end up with something that you created yourself!
Please remember that one of the reasons Tuscany is so prized as a destination is that they are protective about zoning and planning permissions. It’s not always possible to get what you want, and the process takes around 3 months. We encourage adapting to the local designs and culture to get the best result. The laws are often open to some interpretation, and our selection of consultants will be able to guide in such a way as to get you the best solutions possible.
One final note: We are here to help you, and although we are providing a service to find you the best solution, we have decided against a for-profit real estate model in favour of co-creating a community with you. To create this catalogue of properties has taken thousands of hours, and we therefore propose a minimum donation of €3000 for any property for sale under €100K or 3% for any properties purchased above that price. For rentals, we propose a minimum donation of 1 month’s rent. Your donation will go to the ASHA Foundation with the purpose of regenerating the surrounding area through stimulating investment in green start-ups and consciously managed businesses.
Below are some questions that will help you focus on what your dream house may be like. Your answers will also help us locate a selection of properties that may be suitable for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon!