Amidst the tall towers of the present, one might find a particular style of house representing the past as well as our Maltese heritage. These houses are full of culture, history and, as their name would suggest, character. Due to their beautiful heritage and the ever limited supply, these houses are always highly sought after.

When looking at houses of character, one will notice the distinctly different look from other homes, and there is a lot to look forward to when looking at these properties, from the apertures to the stone itself. The stone found in a house of character is called “xulliel” as it has a smooth surface with abrasions from a work tool on one side and is coarse on the other. This stone can also be seen in a farmhouse; however, not many more types of houses find this particular stone in place. 

It is not out of the ordinary to find out that some of these beautiful houses have thrived for over five hundred years, as they were first built for farmers and their families to seek shelter. This fact makes them beautiful pieces of architectural history and a time capsule that allows us to take a glimpse of our nation’s past. There is something so beautiful in acknowledging the others who have come before us. Generations of families have lived in these places through their good moments and hardships of life, and we get to be part of that history alongside them. 

Although the properties have lived for hundreds of years, their character still shines through, as the people taking care of them in recent years have respected their features and worked around them. This is very common when it comes to houses of characters. The times change; however, the main characteristics of history remain the same. 

Apart from their beauty, you are rest assured that houses of character will keep their value if not increase in the coming years, making it a good investment for your future. Unfortunately, there are a limited number of them on the island; therefore, demand might increase as fewer are available. 

Houses of character require a lot of maintenance, and if you are not buying it converted, there will be many things one needs to do to get it into a habitable state. However, the result is unmatched, and there are a lot of talented individuals who are passionate about restoring these iconic houses, and you’ll be in great hands. 

Currently, those interested in buying can qualify for a grant on VAT up to €54,000 on the first €300,000 spent on restoration costs. They also benefit from no stamp duty or capital gains on the first €750,000 of the property price. It’s never been a better time to invest in your future!

On Real Estate Market, we have a variety of converted and unconverted houses of Character one can choose from. Whether it be a project you’ve always dreamt of doing or whether you would like to experience the authentic Maltese home, have a look at our options here.


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