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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why I'm buying a lottery ticket this weekend

Because I feel I need a house in Europe, and either of these will do. First up, an 18th-century villa in Positano, Italy. Perched on the Amalfi coast, this 3,600-square-foot house is on the market for US$8.1 million. Besides electricity, gas, and modern bathrooms, the six-bedroom four-bath home has not been updated for over 200 years. That's Character with a capital "C," Dumplings.








Should that sale fall through, I could be perfectly happy here - a newly-built four-bedroom three-bath villa on the Greek isle of Corfu. Made of antique bricks and local stone, the 3,228-square-foot house is listed at US$1.6 million and sits about half a mile outside the 17th-century village of Pelekas. Notable details include "exposed cypress beams in the ceiling and vintage stone lintels above the interior doorways."








So which do you prefer and, more importantly, who's going to be my first house guest?

29 comments:

Sue Murphy said...

I knew there was a reason I was up at 2:00 in the morning. I guess it means I get dibs at being your first house guest. I am not picky, I will take either house. Both are wonderful. But you will have to beat my lottery ticket. I found two bucks in the parking lot yesterday and promptly bought two lottery tickets. I just know I will win the mega millions! I promise to invite you to our vacation home. Hum, let's see guess I should start shopping.

autrichenoire said...

Cool shady interiors,Those floors(best enjoyed bare foot), Rivers of Limoncello, that patio, the view and the possibility of there being a young Julius Caesar handing out drinks and pasta?I vote Italy.

Debi Altbergs said...

Oh my - that top house after Raina has been through it would be delicious. That view...hmmmm. The pool in the second house is quite inviting. If you win the lottery can't you have both? :)

my favorite and my best said...

sweet god in heaven! i cannot decide! again with the choices raina!!! i love them both equally and therefore i demand that you win the BIG lottery so you can buy them both.

The Down East Dilettante said...

The interiors in #1 look just a bit claustrophobic to this tall guy....although the terrace is a winner. Unfortunately, the Dilettante is a bit of an acrophobe, so the sheerness of location might make him uncomfortable...so that leaves us with #2---

First guests? Raina & family of course! This is your blog!

The Down East Dilettante said...

Oh wait...silly me. I read the question wrong---I'm not winning the house, YOU are....

In that case, just let me state that I always bring lovely hostess gifts, don't talk too much, make my own bed....

life, in small chunks said...

While the second house is MUCH closer to fitting into my budget, the views from the first house are stunning. I haven't even looked at the actual house, yet. But, I would take either one, honestly. And I've been told many times I am the best house guest EVER. Just sayin...karin

Mega Sale said...

I'm with Jenny. You must win big and buy both. And I'll visit you at both places. Please pick me, pick me!

Cashon&Co said...

uh -yes. i'd live there. i'd take it. i'll visit you. look at that view.

Coté Provence said...

Love the one in Greece! absolutely PERFECT!

Edith Hope said...

Dear Raina, You know that you deserve it.......have them both!

For me, the Italian villa on the Amalfi coast. Not touched for 200 years, means that it would be absolutely perfect for me to move into straight away. My gloriously distressed furnishings would look perfectly in keeping......please can you arrange this for me?

Topaz said...

Believe me, you would get tired of Corfu very quickly. Go with Positano.

David said...

I'm fine with either, I'll just pack my caftan and man-mules and I'm ready for either.

The Down East Dilettante said...

I've changed my mind. The terrace in Positano is to die for---and I know you'll get some fresh air into the rooms---and did I mention that I can cook?

Dave said...

Well the place in Corfu, of course. My partner and I spent many hours half naked on the beach beneath Pelekas in our youth....and just as many hours scarfing back cheap wine in the village. We should definitely be your first guests!!
Sigh!! Memories.....

karly / design-crisis.com said...

Be sure to set a few dollars aside for my plane ticket to either house, one way will do just fine thanks.

Scarlett said...

The first house has the most awesome doors! I have a thing for old, rustic and unique doors. The view is spectacular! I would be the best house guest! You wouldn't even know I was there. I would be so soaked up in the serenity of beauty and solitude that eminates from this place!

Keri Batchelder Hoffman said...

The first one, hands down! Please pick me to be your first, or 70th, houseguest, either way :)

Karena said...

Wow Raina, a tough one, however I'll be your guest at the home in Corfu anytime. I love Greece and the Greek Isles!

I am posting pink today!

Karena
Art by Karena

melissa said...

Is that an AGA in the house in Greece?!!!
As a Greek who has lived in the UK for many many years and who owns and loves her Aga I can honestly say I have never, ever seen one in Greece. And can't imagine using one in 90 degree heat! But Corfu is stuffed full of English people so I guess it was built by an englishman...

Anyway my vote is for Positano. Because of the world class view. And I'd always go for age over newness. And because I already have a house in Greece...!

melissa said...

Is that an AGA in the house in Greece?!!!
As a Greek who has lived in the UK for many many years and who owns and loves her Aga I can honestly say I have never, ever seen one in Greece. And can't imagine using one in 90 degree heat! But Corfu is stuffed full of English people so I guess it was built by an englishman...

Anyway my vote is for Positano. Because of the world class view. And I'd always go for age over newness. And because I already have a house in Greece...!

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

OMG...
We will support you in this decision -- Greece, Italy, either or, the choice is yours -- provided you put us down on the proverbial dumpling dance card for a summer spin.
My God, what beauty. The Euros just know, don't they? Ah me, well, ta-ta for now, I've got a baby blog to nurse ; )

Bon weekend, Alcira

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Jane K. Schott said...

I am running out to the local lotto store right now!
Good luck to you too!

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

please stick me in that pool and hand me a cocktail. Stat.

Have me over... I just learned a great Moussaka recipe. Seems fitting for this setting.

Happy Weekend, Dear!

A Perfect Gray said...

just the name 'positano' makes my knees weak...

tulpen said...

Since you're a millionaire, you won't mind flying me out to visit you right??

only a movie said...

Sister (above) and I would be lovely house guests. Drinking large glasses of wine on that Italian terrace would be divine.
Love that view, Raina. xo

Paul Anater said...

I know exactly where that house in Positano is and believe me, that's the one you want.

Sarah @ Maison Boheme said...

I'll buy one too and we'll split, eh?