Tuscany shines like a property beacon, with strong demand across Florence, Chianti, and Siena. Another Tuscan spot glows equally brightly: Lucca. According to Knight Frank, even in the skyrocketing Italian market where enquiries jumped 76% in 2021, Lucca “has stood out from the crowd”.
Boasting a family-friendly vibe, the compact city oozes history, and sits just half an hour from Pisa airport and the Mediterranean coastline. Competitively priced, and with many residences renovated in the last five years, real estate in Lucca is hassle-free with homebuyers able to move in straight away.
Other draws include the country’s flat tax scheme and favorable property taxes, low ownership costs, and the appeal of an all-season outdoor lifestyle.
Located north-west of the city, iconic and idyllic Lucca Hills features beautiful landscaping, scenic routes, and villas with camelia-laden gardens
Another affluent residential area north of Lucca is Il Colle, a quieter neighborhood near the Serchio river, close to Michelin-starred Ristorante Butterfly and half an hour south of Bagni di Lucca Spa.
Santa Maria del Giudice, situated south of Lucca and just 15 minutes from the city center, is a family-friendly area close to the thermal baths of Bagni di Pisa.
Finally, Lucca Old Town – comprised of the districts within the medieval walls – is an ever-popular hub of the city and the heart of cultural events, festivals, and Lucca’s gastronomic scene, including Michelin-starred Giglio.
Lucca’s competitively priced real estate market
According to JamesEdition’s data, the median house price in Lucca in 2021 is $1,500,000 ($3,929 per square meter) – 40% lower than in neighboring Florence.
There are more than 300 properties for sale, with an average living space of 327 square meters.
Compared to 2020, 2021 prices for Lucca’s upscale real estate have increased 5% per listing, 13% per square meter, and 19% for three-bedroom properties indicating a strong growing trend in the niche of family vacation homes.
The minimum price we currently have listed on JamesEdition is about $572,000, buying you a spacious two-bedroom, one-bathroom turnkey apartment in the medieval Old Town. At the top end of the market is a $22,000,000 late-Baroque villa with 30 bedrooms and bathrooms, and links to the Mansi family.
According to Bill Thomson – Chairman of the Italian network at Knight Frank – the ideal property lies somewhere in between: “Homes priced above €3 million ($3.5) that are ready to move into are the real sweet spot.”
We’ve selected the most appealing properties in Lucca across various price categories.
Top 5 homes for sale in Lucca
1. 15-bedroom villa in Santa Maria del Giudice
This classically decorated residence features 13 bathrooms across the six-bedroom main house, two outbuildings, and an annex. Sitting in a peaceful and verdant seven-acre plot, there’s a pool, a private lake, a vineyard, and olive groves. Built on a complex founded by a noble Lombard family who also constructed the Church of Santa Maria, the estate has oodles of charm and history, and glorious countryside views.
2. Historic nine-acre estate in Il Colle
Just north of the city lies this refurbished upscale villa with nine bedrooms spread across 8,073 square feet. Spanning three floors, the property boasts a library, a dining room with a fireplace, and well-manicured grounds with a pool. Wander the lush gardens and you’ll also discover a double-floored former lemon conservatory – now a one-bedroom unit – as well as a keeper’s lodge and an agricultural annex.
3. Grand 16th-century city center apartment
Enviably located in the Old Town, this four-bedroom space is just a stone’s throw from Piazza Anfiteatro. The seven-bathroom flat also possesses an illustrious history, with prominent families as past owners. Spanning 5,490 square feet, with painted coffered ceilings, stuccoes, boiserie, and damask fabric coverings, as well as modern touches such as air conditioning. One of the bedrooms boasts a mezzanine en-suite, and the residence also features a balcony to admire the city from.
4. Infinity pool villa in the Lucca Hills
Just six kilometers from the city center, this contemporary seven-bedroom home is spread over 5,060 square feet and three floors. Housing five bathrooms, there’s also a separate self-contained apartment on the ground floor. The modern and airy property boasts wonderful views – step out the French doors onto the panoramic terrace for a glimpse. On the first floor is the main apartment, while upstairs you’ll find two more bedrooms and a roof terrace, for more of those exceptional vistas.
5. Unique restored apartment in the historic center
Centro Storico is where you’ll find this stylishly decorated flat on the third floor of a palazzo. With four bedrooms and bathrooms, the home is spread across three levels, with an interior space of 2,584 square feet. There’s also a fabulous terrace and a private lift to enjoy. Completely renovated to a high standard in 2018, you’ll experience modern comforts such as air conditioning and a smart home system, as well as traditional features like wooden beams.