Split cathedral

Buying a Historical Property in Croatia

The idea of buying a historic property or a home in a historic district has plenty of charm to foreign nationals who decide to move to Croatia or invest in property on the Adriatic coast. Old stone houses in towns along the coast are pieces of history that offer an aesthetic experience of a different era and architecture that has stood the test of time. The details and features of older buildings are unique and cannot be found in newer constructions. Often, these properties are situated in established neighbourhoods or historic districts, near other cultural and architectural landmarks, which gives them even more appeal. Old houses in the historic districts of Split and Dubrovnik are particularly well sought after, both for the charm of the historic cityscapes and as an investment into Croatia’s growing tourism market.

Buying a historic home

Owning a historic home has a number of advantages, but also comes with certain restrictions. Historic houses need special care and maintenance, and owners must make special considerations when it comes to renovations. Old houses and buildings can have structural problems or other hidden problems that one would not encounter in a modern building. These may include significant material costs if something needs to be replaced or electrical and plumbing problems if these systems have not been updated by a previous owner.

On top of that, if a house is protected as a historic building or if it is located in a historic district, the owner needs additional permits for any construction work or repairs that may affect the integrity or character of the house. Even if the house itself is not listed in the Register of Cultural Goods of the Republic of Croatia, but is located in a historic district, the owner cannot remove it without a permit. Only companies licensed to do construction work on cultural goods can be hired for any renovation work on a historic property.

However, owning a historic home has certain advantages, too. For instance, owners can apply for financial support for the protection and preservation of cultural objects through the Ministry of Culture when renovating a historic building. Additionally, cultural landmark status comes with a certain amount of prestige, which may lead to an increase in property value over time, while the historic designation can restrict the scale of new construction in the vicinity of the house, ensuring that the quality and character of the neighbourhood are protected.

Historic property for sale

historic property in Croatia

This historic property on the island of Vis is under the protection of UNESCO as a Baroque monument. The three-floor stone house was built in the 17th century and occupies an area of about 132 square metres. The property, which includes a wine cellar on the ground floor, a stone balcony, a closed court and a smaller stone house, is located 50 metres from the sea and offers a stunning view of the port of Vis from the top floor.

Split cathedral

This old, three-floor stone house in Split is situated in a unique location, only 40 metres from Peristil, a Roman square in front of the Cathedral of St. Domnius, and Vestibul, an ancient imperial antechamber that was used to enter the residential part of Diocletian’s Palace. The Cathedral of St. Domnius is the world’s oldest Catholic cathedral still in use in its original structure, while Diocletian’s Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Split’s best known landmark. The property has a garden and occupies an area of about 100 square metres. It requires reconstruction, but the location makes it an excellent investment for tourism.