From quiet, Bougainvillea-filled alleyways to bustling weekly markets, there’s something uniquely charming about village cores. As a leading estate agency in Malta, our teams at Frank Salt Real Estate know a thing or two about the reasons some people opt to buy in the village core – here are but a few!
For those seeking a place to call home in the belly of the island, the village core offers an older and more authentic feel, with some places even boasting cute, narrow alleyways to explore.
Since village cores are less commercial, things like eating out are typically cheaper, and you are more likely to find traditional bakeries where you can buy freshly-baked treats at a cheaper price than you would from a third-party such as a supermarket or cafeteria in more touristic areas.
Sense of Community
Many people of a certain age look back at our childhoods fondly; memories of having fresh bread and milk delivered straight to our doorsteps, memories of people sitting on the pavements outside, watching people go by their daily lives. Those times will never come back; yet buying property in the village core is the closest you’ll get to being part of that traditional lifestyle and feeling part of a community.
Markets are at the heart of Maltese village life and are a place for socialising and buying daily necessities. The market in Birkirkara, for instance, which takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays, is a great place to get your hands on fresh produce at a much cheaper price than you would at a large supermarket.
Since the properties in such areas are typically older townhouses and houses of character in need of modernisation, you get to enjoy original features, as well as rooms and outdoor areas that are much larger (and way cheaper) than those found in modern areas.
Grants and Schemes
Urban Conservation Areas (UCAs) – such as Lija, Birkirkara, Siġġiewi, Żebbuġ, and Għargħur – are the soul of Malta. They are protected and carefully managed due to their architectural or historic value and typically authentically portray the traditional elements of the Maltese culture. Therefore, there have been government incentives to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of such areas, through schemes that help cover the costs of restoration works for facades, balconies, gardens, and even interiors.
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