Brindisi might not be as well known as its more famous counterparts Alberobello and Salento. However, it is arguably more Italian and authentic, and less touristic – despite the easy connections to the UK. The secret seems to be getting out, and it’s been a noticeable climber in our ‘observatory’, and even took the crown as the most searched-for area in December 2019. So what is life here like, and what can you expect from the property market if you’re on the hunt for a home in Brindisi?
The perfect location
Brindisi sits around midway between Lecce and Ostuni, right on the Adriatic Sea. It’s a popular staging point for visitors, hosting Salento Airport and a busy port. It’s very much a working town, with a working, industrial port. However, head just ten minutes up or down the coast and you have some absolutely fabulous beaches, including Torre Guaceto, a several-kilometre-long stretch in a beautiful nature reserve. Many Italian beaches can be quite ‘strictly organised’, so this might come as more of a relief to find similar to in Greece or France!
A holiday home in Brindisi means you are in easy reach of the UK, with the airport right on your doorstep. It makes it posible to even pop over for a weekend here or there. Weather forecast not looking good at home? Hop over to Italy! There are direct seasonal flights to Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester, as well as Dublin.
The property market in Brindisi showed a price increase until 2018, since when prices have hovered more or less around the same bracket. The average home costs €1118/m2, although this very much varies on where you’re buying. The historical centre, surprisingly, is the most affordable, perhaps due to smaller apartments with fewer modern additions like sound-proofing. Prices here are around €1,000/m2. To the north, Paradiso/Betlemme is the most expensive, at €1250. The industrial zone is naturally the cheapest, at €850, but this is unlikely to be top of most people’s lists.
The best places to buy
The north has some fantastic beaches, but you might want to be a little further up from the airport to avoid the (admittedly infrequent) noise of being under a flight path. Torre Rossa has some great villas and modern townhouses, with generally a nice amount of outdoor space.
If you’re looking for city-centre living in a historic apartment, you’ll find them eminently affordable here in Brindisi. Look around the area of the Via Duomo for quieter flats with services in close proximity. There is a fantastic plaza around Viale Regina Margherita, where you’d have some great restaurants on your doorstep (as well as sea views).
Can British buyers still buy after Brexit?
Absolutely! The transition period extends until 31st December, and, if you buy before then, you will enjoy the exact same rights as pre-Brexit. This means there’s probably actually never been a better time to buy. Start your search now and you could well be in place by the end of the period.
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