Italy real estate: Home with pool tops women's wishlist
Installing a swimming pool is the No1 attribute Italian women would love to change about their homes, a survey has revealed.
The dream property of Italian donne, as well as being comfortable and welcoming inside, should ideally also come equipped with a large, open-air area ideal for putting one's feet up.
Some 53 per cent of those quizzed cite a swimming pool as top of their wishlist in which to relax at weekends, after an exhausting day at the office or just to cool down from the heat in summer.
Just over 40 per cent, with an eye on a healthy lifestyle and diet, would go for a small garden for growing healthy and organic foodstuffs for themselves and their families. A Jacuzzi would be the idyllic choice of 37 per cent, while a home gym ticks the right boxes for 29 per cent of Italian women.
In addition to price, other crucial factors that would-be homeowners weigh up include brightness, living space and the tranquility of the local area, the survey, on behalf of an Italy real estate listings site, suggests.
However, the two types of neighbours Italian women would least want to live next to are musicians and students.
One in three of Italy's women are currently looking for a home, with purchasing outright preferred over renting. The type of property they are looking for tends to be on the large side: 39 per cent are after a two-bedroom home while more than 46 per cent want at least three bedrooms.
Good news for property portals - 72 per cent of searchers go online to look for properties. Above all, they appreciate the convenience of being able to use the internet at any time of day or night. Secondly, they are attracted by the possibility of buying property directly from owners.