10 most characteristic villages in Europe
Each year the American online paper WPJ (World Property Journal), one of the most prominent news outlets in the field of real estate, publish this special ranking.
This year among the 10 most characteristic tourist villages is Dobbiaco (Toblach), South Tyrol, described as the gateway to the Dolomites.
Alta Badia über alles!
Taking a cue from WPJ’s ranking, in I-RES we are convinced that not only Dobbiaco, but the whole South Tyrol, with Alta Badia and Val Gardena leading the way, are to be included in this list: modern and efficient infrastructure, excellence in gourmandise dining, and hospitality of unsurpassed level, make this alpine hotspot paradise for sports (skiing and mountain biking above all), for wellness lovers and for families alike.
The demand for Alpine property, and in particular the Dolomites, was stable throughout 2014, with peaks of interest recorded in early 2015. The areas most in demand, and the most “exclusive” in terms of price, have been Corvara and San Cassiano, with average prices ranging – for new or recent objects – from € 900,000 to € 1.1 million for two bedroom apartments, and € 1.1 million to € 1.5 million for three bedroom ones.
Typical buyers are couples between 40-50 years of age, usually with young kids who can enjoy several activities as well as their parents. Among those actively searching for a property in the area, British and Italians expat certainly are the most active.
The properties in these areas have proven valuable tools of investment too, with gross revenues of around 3% for a mixed use.