House in Croatia: Renovation and Restoration
House renovation or restoration is a good alternative to buying a new house to those looking for properties in the first row by the sea or in historic neighbourhoods along the Croatian coast. These areas are enormously popular among real estate buyers, but as the local laws either restrict or prohibit new construction there, purchasing a renovation property is often the only choice because owners of existing houses are seldom looking to sell.
Renovation properties are relatively inexpensive to buy, but can require extensive repair work in addition to general home improvement, extensions, exterior remodelling, additional floors, and anything else the new owner envisions. In spite of this, old Dalmatian stone houses are being bought by foreigners looking to invest in rental properties or build exclusive resorts. While there are still many of these properties available, those in or near attractive locations are becoming increasingly popular among buyers, both for their historic charm and affordable price.
Old house restoration
Croatia has countless old properties, especially in the rural areas, that are vacant and unused, but their proximity to the sea or larger coastal cities makes them interesting to those looking for houses with potential for different types of tourism. These houses are not terribly appealing at first sight, but they are built on solid foundations and often offer spectacular views.
Restoration costs will depend on a number of factors, including property size, the permits required, and whether or not the house is under cultural protection, which restricts certain kinds of renovation work, especially on the exterior. Renovation projects are generally bought and paid for in stages, which makes them easier to plan financially for new owners.
Renovation and reconstruction work is generally best trusted to professionals, who will take all the necessary steps to ensure that things are done right from the start, so that there are no setbacks later, as these usually end up costing more and dragging the project out unnecessarily. Professionals will also know which permits and legal documents must be obtained before starting work on a house and what questions to ask when they consult with builders, electricians, plumbers, roofers and other contractors to create plans and get prices.
Property to renovate in Croatia
This 3-floor old stone house is situated in a very attractive neighbourhood in Split. It has four bedrooms, a patio, and a 70 m2 garden, and offers a lovely panoramic view from the second floor. The house occupies a total area of 100 m2 and requires renovation.
This freestanding house is situated in the first row by the sea in Seget, not far from Split. The 120 m2 detached 2-floor house sits on a 400 m2 lot and has four bedrooms, a balcony, terrace, garden, garage and driveway. The property has a complete infrastructure, but requires reconstruction.
This detached stone property is situated in Glavice near Sinj. The estate has 20 bedrooms and enormous potential for recreational tourism, with activities such as horseback riding, paragliding and parachuting, because it is located in the vicinity of the river Cetina, mountain Kamešnica, a sports airport and a hippodrome. The house was built in 1848 and requires reconstruction, and the adjacent plot can also be purchased for agriculture or construction.
This unique renovation property is located in a beautiful natural surrounding next to the sea on the southern side of Brač island. The 70 m2 stone house has a cellar and two floors with 3 bedrooms, a terrace, garden and boat berth.
This stone house complex on Vis island occupies a total area of 180 m2 and sits on a lot 1,317 m2 in size, about 12 km from the town of Vis. Located 1 km from the sea, the property consists of a 2-floor main house with 3 bedrooms and several smaller buildings. It has a complete infrastructure (water, electricity, driveway), but requires reconstruction.