Picturesque Island Near Sicily Could Be Yours for as Little as $1.1 Million

Marcello Karra, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Marcello Karra, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

Want to get away from the world without becoming a complete hermit? A private island less than 1000 feet off the coast of Sicily is currently up for sale, according to Travel + Leisure.

The island is called Isola delle Femmine, which means “Island of Women.” However, considering that there are no people to speak of on the island, you’ll enjoy complete privacy and unobstructed views of the Mediterranean. The island also affords pleasant temperatures year-round, excellent scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities, and close access to the city of Palermo—so long as you have a boat.

Sure, there are no houses or infrastructure, and it will set you back at least $1.1 million, but that’s fairly cheap for an island in southern Italy. According to CNN Travel, the asking price was originally $3.9 million, but there weren’t any takers. The aristocratic family that owns the island is now willing to consider offers between $1.1 and $3.3 million.

The only structure on the “baby isle,” as it’s known locally, is a crumbling stone tower from the 17th century. According to one legend, the island was named after 13 Turkish women who sought refuge on the spot after being cast out from their families. The actual explanation is a little less exciting. “The name stems from Latin and simply means 'island of frontier,' a safe haven of protection from the open sea,” Paola Pilo Bacci, whose family owns the island, tells CNN.

Italy’s housing market has fallen on troubled times, and Pilo Bacci’s family has been struggling to manage their other properties. Earlier this year, homes in the Italian town of Sambuca were selling for as little as $1 (as long as the new owners promised to invest $17,000 in home repairs). Not long after, the village of Locana made an even more irresistible offer, promising to pay families $10,300 to move there. The latter offer was part of an effort to repopulate the town, and prospective owners had to have at least one child.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Hundreds of Kangaroos Roam the Green at This Australian Golf Course

burroblando/iStock via Getty Images
burroblando/iStock via Getty Images

Anglesea Golf Club has all the makings of a regular golf club: an 18-hole golf course, a mini golf course, a driving range, a clubhouse, and a bistro. But the kangaroo mobs that hop around the holes add an element of surprise to your otherwise leisurely round of one of the slowest games in sports.

Person takes photo of a kangaroo
Anglesea Golf Club

According to Thrillist, the kangaroos have been a mainstay for years, and the club started giving tours a few years ago to ensure visitors could observe them in the safest way possible. For about 25 minutes, a volunteer tour guide will drive a golf cart with up to 14 passengers around the course, sharing fun facts about kangaroos and stopping at opportune locations for people to snap a few photos of the marsupials, which are most active in late afternoon and early morning. Kangaroos are friendly creatures, but Anglesea’s website reminds visitors that “they can also be quite aggressive if they feel threatened.”

Post-graduate students and academic staff from Melbourne University’s zoology department have been researching Anglesea’s kangaroo population since 2004, and some of the animals are marked with collar and ear tags so the researchers can track movement, growth, survival, and reproduction patterns throughout their life cycle.

One of the reasons kangaroos have continued to dwell on land so highly trafficked by people is because of the quality of the land itself, National Geographic reports. The golf course staff regularly sprinkles nitrogen fertilizer all over the green, which makes the grass especially healthy.

Kangaroos graze on Anglesea Golf Course
Anglesea Golf Club

If you decide to plan a trip to Anglesea Golf Club, you can book a kangaroo tour here—adult tickets are $8.50, and children under 12 can come along for just $3.50 each.

[h/t Thrillist]

House Boasting a ‘Harry Potter Room’ Under the Stairs Hits the Market in San Diego

Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Cupboard under the stairs featured on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter in London.
Matt Robinson, Flickr // CC BY 2.0

When Harry Potter fans dream of living like the boy wizard, they may picture Harry's cozy quarters in the Gryffindor dormitory at Hogwarts. One home owner in San Diego, California is trying to spin one of Harry's much less idyllic living situations as a magical feature. As The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, a listing of a three-bedroom house for sale in the city's Logan Heights neighborhood boasts a "Harry Potter room"—a.k.a storage room under the stairs.

In the Harry Potter books, the cupboard under the stairs of the Dursley residence served as Harry's bedroom before he enrolled in Hogwarts. Harry was eager to escape the cramped, dusty space, but thanks to the series' massive success, a similar feature in a real-world home may be a selling point for Harry Potter fans.

Kristin Rye, the seller of the San Diego house, told The Union-Tribune she would read Harry Potter books to her son, though she wouldn't describe herself as a super fan. As for why she characterized her closet as a “large ‘Harry Potter’ storage room underneath stairs" in her real estate listing, she said it was the most accurate description she could think of. “It’s just this closet under the stairs that goes back and is pretty much like a Harry Potter room. I don’t know how else to describe it," she told the newspaper.

Beyond the cupboard under the stairs, Rye's listing doesn't bear much resemblance to the cookie-cutter, suburban home of 4 Privet Drive. Nearly a century old, the San Diego house has the same cobwebs and a musty smells you might expect from the Hogwarts dungeons, the newspaper reports. But there are some perks, including a parking spot and backyard space for a garden or pull-up bar. The 1322-square-foot home is listed at $425,000—cheaper than the median price of $620,000 for a resale single-family home in the area.

If you want to live like a wizard, you don't necessarily need to start by moving under a staircase. In North Yorkshire, England, a cottage modeled after Hagrid's Hut is available to rent on a nightly basis.

[h/t The San Diego Union-Tribune]

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