Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni is better known simply as Michelangelo. He is a world-famous Renaissance painter and sculptor. Most notably, Michelangelo was the painter of the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the many colorful frescos there on the ceiling.
The frescos including “The Last Judgement,” helped Michelangelo to afford the farmhouse in 1549. This house was a part of Michelangelo’s life and comes along with the history of one of the world’s most popular artists.
The home, however, is much older than even Michelangelo himself. In fact, it dates back to the 11th century. As such, the house is full of rich heritage and history with the Buonarroti family. The deed includes ownership from Michelangelo. In fact, on the deed, it lists the popular Italian artist as a “dear sculptor and Florentine citizen.”
So when the new homeowner purchases the property, they are given a unique part of history right in the deed itself–it comes with Michelangelo’s firma–his signature. Of course, the homeowner will also be living and breathing in the same air that was part of Michelangelo. Be one of the only people to sleep in the same bedroom–and uses the privy–as a Renaissance painter and sculptor.
As for the price to live in such a residence, the original listing price was $8.15 million in 2016. Today the price has dropped to $7.5 million and includes a sizable estate of 9,687 square feet. All in all, the property has three buildings with multiple levels. There is also an ancient tower that dates back to the original 11th-century construction.
Within the actual house itself, there are eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms, all full. In addition, several fireplaces built using large stones are installed and working around the house. The rooms are finished with original wood beams in the ceiling, and some original brickwork is seen throughout the rooms. Barrel ceilings are another part of the 11th-century architecture that adds to the rustic Tuscan romance of the place.
Around the exterior are plenty of fruit trees and olive trees to allow homeowners to grow their own foods. It is the quintessential Italian estate with everything a family needs to live peacefully and sustainably. These trees are harvestable and can be used to expand one’s pantry and refrigerator quite reasonably.
As for the local cuisine, Tuscany, Italy is as world-famous for its food as Michelangelo is for the Sistine Chapel. The new homeowners of Michelangelo’s residence will have quite the treat in terms of local food and culinary adventures.
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.