This large, traditional greek house is for sale. Owned by an English family it is in an ideal setting. If you look carefully down that narrow road one of the balconies is flying a Greek flag. This is the Police Station. This is a big old house with a garden but needs a lot of work. It is only a five minute walk from here to the harbour or the supermarket. Asking price rumoured to be 300,000euros. Far too much considering the repairs that it needs and especially considering they haven't paid taxes in Greece for years and there is probably a tangle of horrendous paperwork to be sorted out
A German owned house, Villa Metina. The woman who owns the house has died and her children don't seem to be attracted by holidays in Greece. It is a little walled complex, very private, with two larger apartments, one tiny guest house, all fully equipped, a private garden and two terraces with views out over Poros Harbour. It is rented now by a friend of ours.
This little house is next door. Almost abandoned, covered in wild foliage but still a sturdy little residence. I don't think this is for sale. The family live in Athens and the elderly parents who spent their last years here have long gone. It looks tiny, with two or three rooms but has a private terrace and garden.
One of many such houses on the island. The families that live in them move on to the big city and the house gets left to its own devices. No-one has time or money to fix them up anymore and property tax is a burden. Some are used for a few weeks during the summer and some eventually go onto the market in the hope the family can sell at a decent price to a foreigner.
This house is also owned by a German family. It has been restored with great care and is a house that brightens up the neighbourhood. The couple that own it have grown old and hardly ever visit now. I suppose it will be sold or one day the next generation will appear for their Greek holiday.
The flowers and shrubbery are all out on the roadside.
Imagine sitting out on that little balcony, framed by its dark blue shutters, hidden behind a tangle of brilliant Bougainvillia surveying the neighbourhood and drinking in a spectacular summer sunset over the 'sleeping lady' (the shape of the mountain opposite).