PICS: Dreamy, rustic Italian life can be yours for just R50.2m

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Like many families with an Italian farmhouse fantasy, this American couple retired and set to work on restoring a historic stone home and grounds in Umbria. Here’'s what it cost to get it into shape.

In 2001, Roger Arndt and his wife, Joan, decided to make a clean break from the US. He’d retired as an international captain at Delta Air Lines, and she was retiring as a marketing executive for Coca-Cola. After some deliberation, they decided they wanted to live overseas.

After rejecting New Zealand as too far from their adult children, the couple settled on Italy. “We spent a year looking at about 60 properties,” Arndt said.

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