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MV Properties Renovation Projects

We hope everyone had a wonderful May here on the island. Here at MV properties, we certainly did! The atmosphere on Ithaca has certainly picked up, with everybody gearing towards summer, the restaurants are open, the shops have all cleaned up, the people are arriving…there is a real ‘buzz’ in the air, everybody is excited for the summer months that lie ahead.

We have had a very busy winter season with many renovation projects on the go. As we move through spring, we see many of these wonderful projects coming to an end and the fruit of all our hard work coming to completion. Our clients are holding their breaths to come to the island for the summer to stay in their newly renovated homes.

Take a look at some of the transformations below or view them all online here.

Basement Renovation – PROJ006STA

This quaint house in Stavros, has a basement area that was craving to be uplifted and we jumped at the opportunity to use this space to create another self catering studio. Keeping the original stone, our team stepped into clean the rock and plaster it well so that all the stone was secure and looking modern. Then we installed all the plumbing and electrics for this studio underground and laid the cement. We finished the flooring in a stylish, contemporary tile. This is still an ongoing project which we can’t wait to see come together.

Full Scale Renovation of Vathi Home – PROJ002VAT

This small house in Vathi underwent a full renovation. Our team demolished most of the inside walls, we replastered and painted, laid new flooring in certain areas of the house and working on the existing floor to allow the floors to blend well. All new plumbing and electrics were installed with two bathrooms created from scratch. A full modern chic kitchen was installed with gorgeous marble countertops. To see the full project online click here.

Sunset Views Home Extraordinary Renovation – PROJ001LEF

Our next project we’ve been working on is in Lefki. the outside area has been transformed from a very basic, futile space, to an incredible outdoor entertainment area with a swimming pool to overlook the gorgeous view. Our team had to do a large excavation in order to install the pool. We levelled the area to lay the concrete and outside tiles as well as created a smooth cement outdoor table around the existing fruit trees. we replastered and painted some of the outside walls as well as re-did the staircase leading from the pool to the outdoor area below. Click here to see all the before’s and after’s of this renovation project on our website.

Village Home Swimming Pool Renovation – PROJ005STA

Our last project to mention is this tucked away house in Stavros village. This outside area underwent extensive remodelling. We began with the swimming pool, which was drained, scraped down, cleaned and then the entire pool was tiled in a gorgeous state of the art outdoor tile. We then installed all new stone paving around the pool and the lower outside area below. we built an outdoor barbeque are and outdoor smooth cement seat which wraps around this outside space so elegantly. to see the full project click here.

Whether you are looking to buy, rent or renovate, we are your go too property experts.

We hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at the process of renovating. Thank you to all our local trade teams and contractors for their dedication to meeting deadlines and working within budgets. Their dedication and expertise made these projects all come together.

Until next month,


Complete house renovation in Kioni, Ithaca Greece PROJ001KIO

Mv properties have been busy with a house renovation of a quaint little home on the hillside in Kioni that was recently sold. The new owners dreamed of keeping the house as authentic and true to its original form, while adding a splash of modern, graceful and uncomplicated flair.

Swimming pool renovation in Stavros, Ithaca Greece PROJ005STA

Rennovation Projcet outdoor area on Ithaca Greece, Stavros

MV properties has been asked to be part of another renovation project, this time pertaining to the swimming pool and outside area of this tucked away home in Stavros village. 

House rennovation in Vathi, Ithaca Greece PROJ002VAT

Mv properties has been on the move again with another wonderful renovation project. The new owners bought this beautiful property with prime position on the waterfront in Vathi bay although the house was in need of a full renovation. 

Perfect Rentals for your Summer Holiday

Spring. The season of new beginnings, celebrations, and the time the world revives and reinvigorates after the colder winter months. I always love this time of year, the longer and warmer days, the blooming flowers and spending more time outside. It’s the most delightful season.

Spring. The season of all things new, and we have many new rentals on our portfolio for the summer season for this year. We love spring here at MV Properties and we’ve been collaborating with our community to bring you the most exquisite accommodation to ensure your summer days are Idyllic on Ithaca.

Luxury Rentals

Idyllic settings, elegant interiors, expansive views, private chefs & swimming pools. These luxurious rentals have it all.

Villa Vardiola
– 5 star luxury villa located in the south of Ithaca
– Vast swimming pool
– Elegant interiors 
– Private chef 
– Accommodates up to 12 people
– Within walking distance to town
Property Reference: IDMVR004VAT
Villa Kalos
– 5 star luxury villa located in Lahos
– Vast swimming pool
– Elegant interiors 
– Immaculate courtyards
– Accommodates up to 8 people
Property Reference: IDMVR001LAH

Beach Rentals

These rentals are conveniently located close to the beach and offer the perfect setting for an island holiday.

Studio Apartment
– Studio apartment for rent in Aetos
– Located on the beach
– Expansive sea views
– Self catering
– Sleeps 2
Property Reference: IDMVR001AET
Olympias House
– Multi level house with two fully self-catering apartments near Dexa bay
– Located on the beach
– Expansive sea views
– Apartment 1 sleeps 4
– Apartment 2 sleeps 6
Property Reference: IDMVR007VAT

Family Rentals

These self-catering rentals are home away from home and are ideal for families with children.

Three Bedroomed House
– Located in the heart of Vathi
– Sleeps up to 6 people
– Self catering
– Beautiful outdoor area with BBQ
Property Reference: IDMRV009VAT
Two Bedroomed House
– Located in Perachori
– Sleeps 4
– Self catering
– Large outdoor area & space for children to play
Property Reference: IDMVR001PER

Properties for Sale

Land for sale in Aetos
Property Reference: IDMV005AET
House for Sale in Vathi
Property Reference: IDMV084VAT
Land for Sale in Lefki
Property Reference: IDMV022LEF

Spring is also time for fresh starts, and I’d like to share some personal news, my sister and her family have moved to Ithaca and I’m excited to welcome them to Ithaca and look forward to all the family time together.

Soon summer will flow and I look forward to welcoming you to the island too.

Until next month,


MV Properties Best Walking Trails in the North and South of Ithaca

Walking is undoubtedly one of the best ways to explore a place. It allows you to immerse yourself in the ambiance of your destination and jump feet first into the true essence of the place. Its also a great way to spend time in nature and get some exercise while doing it.

Ithaca has many fantastic walking trails that allow you to explore the more remote parts of the island that are only accessible by foot. These cooler months provide the perfect opportunity to put on your walking shoes and get moving. Here are our top two walking trails in the North and South of the island and our top properties for sale in these areas.

Trails in the North of Ithaca

Top Properties in the North of Ithaca

Trails in the South of Ithaca

Top Properties in the South of Ithaca

Featured Properties for Sale

House for sale in Anoghi
Property Reference: IDMV011ANO
House for sale in Perachori
Property Reference: IDMV033PER
House for sale in Kioni
Property Reference: IDMV001KIO

We hope to see you on the trails soon while we make the most of the last of these cooler days.

If you would like any more information on these featured properties please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.

Until next month,

Melanie and the MV Properties Team

MV Properties – New Year, New Properties

The New Year’s Collection is Here!

Happy New Year to our friends, family and loyal clients and welcome to our first edition of the MV Properties 2022 newsletter. We’re alight with excitement for the year ahead and eager to get this year started and are already working hard on some big projects.

Now with over 200 properties in our For Sale portfolio, we continue to offer an outstanding range of properties. This month I’d like to highlight a few from our premium collection. From luxurious villas to perfectly poignant homes to sought-after areas and hidden gems; MV Properties has the property for you.

Luxury at your fingertips

Ready-to-move-into homes

Property Reference: IDMV022PER
House for sale in Perachori village with sea views.
Property Reference: IDMV013AGS
House for sale in Ag. Saranda with sea views.
Property Reference: IDMV006AGS
Luxury house for sale in Ag. Saranda with sea views.

Rare Finds

Buy & Renovate to achieve your vision

Buy Land & Build

“Luxury is in each detail “ – Hubert de Givenchy

Deciding to buy or build in a foreign country can be daunting, and so we’ve created a suite of brochures to help guide you through the process, every step of the way. Click below for more info:

Introducing Brochure
Buying on Ithaca Brochure
Building on Ithaca Brochure
Selling on Ithaca Brochure

Featured Properties for Sale

House for sale in Perachori
Property Reference: IDMV027PER
House for sale in the heart of Lefki village
Property Reference: IDMV026LEF
Cavos Sunset Cottages set along the west coast  for sale.
Property Reference:  IDMV060STA

Thank you for your ongoing support and trust in the MV Properties team.

We wish you a joyous and prosperous year ahead.

Until next month,


MV Properties 2021 Wrap Up

Welcome to our final newsletter of the year. We still can’t quite believe that 2021 is coming to a close. It’s definitely true what they say time flies when you having fun or rather when you do what you love! Reflecting back on the year that has passed is a way for us to celebrate our accomplishments and highlights of the year as well as prepare for the year ahead of us. So sit back and relax as we take you through the best of 2021 at MV Properties.

As we say goodbye to 2021 we also have to say goodbye to Alexia who has been such a big part of our MV Properties family right from the beginning. We wish you all the best for your new adventure and even though it’s hard for us to let you go we are so excited for what lies ahead for you and that you will be able to spend more time with your family.

We will not forget your sense of humor and incredible work ethic. These photos show some of the very special times we spent together over the past two years. From our sunrise walks to Anoghi to our very adventurous scooter rides, there was never a dull moment when you were around. Your shining smile and beautiful heart is infectious.

New Properties for Sale

House for sale in Vathi
Property Reference: IDMV086VAT
Land for sale in Stavros
Property Reference: IDMV069STA
House for sale in Vathi
Property Reference: IDMV085VAT

We close the year with many new and exciting opportunities for 2022. MV Properties have many projects that are currently on the go and will be completed next year as well as many new rentals and properties that will be joining our portfolio. We will continue to always give 100% to our clients ensuring that our service meets and exceeds all your expectations.

Thats a wrap from us for 2021.

We wish our friends, family and clients a wonderful Christmas and New Years and we look forward to what 2022 will bring.

Thank you for your continued support.

Until next month,

MV Properties Presents Olive Harvest Season

Olive harvest season is here. Family and friends come together to collect the olives and prepare the year’s olive oil. This process is a labor of love and involves many different stages with the ultimate reward being able to enjoy your own home-grown olives and fresh olive oil for the months to come. We think it’s safe to say if there is anything that embodies the meaning of prosperity best – it is most definitely the beloved olive tree.

Harvesting your Olives

One of the most compelling reasons to buy property on Ithaca is not just to enjoy the glorious summer months but to take part in the everyday island traditions that take place all year round. Harvesting your own olives is just one of many local traditions that can be enjoyed in the off-season months.

Owning your own home on the island allows you to extend your stay into the quieter months giving you time to enjoy these simple moments of everyday island life.

At MV Properties we are passionate about sharing all aspects of island life with prospective buyers. 

Enjoy our step by step guide to olive harvesting below.

New Properties for Sale

Located in the quiet and elusive area of Pilikata, these two adjacent properties are for sale. Both offer incredible views and provide an ideal location to build a home or investment opportunity.

Property Reference Left Image: IDMV004PIL
Property Reference Right Image: IDMV003PIL

Located on the outskirts of Stavros village, these two plots of land are for sale. Offering both convenience and privacy these plots are a fantastic investment opportunity.

Property Reference Left Image:IDMV066STA
Property Reference Right Image: IDMV052STA

These two plots of land for sale are located in Vathi. Both properties are in excellent condition and have been well maintained.

Property Reference Left Image: IDMV059VAT
Property Reference Right Image: IDMV049VAT

The end of the year is near, making us wonder where time has gone this year. We are so humbled and grateful for all the opportunities 2021 has brought. We are looking forward to a well deserved break and are sure you are too.Thank you for your continued support.

Until next month,


MV Properties Top Walking Trails on Ithaca

MV Properties Top Walking Trails on Ithaca

Each season brings about something new and exciting on Ithaca. From the silver-lined olive groves and the evergreen mountainsides to the turquoise reefs of the coastline and endless streams that flow during the winter months. Just as nature responds to the changing seasons so does our island. The ebb and flow of life on Ithaca is not only good for the body, mind and soul but provides perspective. At MV Properties we are taking the time to appreciate this new season and all that comes with it. Slower days, more time with family and friends and exploring our island are just some of the things we are looking forward to this season.

View overlooking Afales Bay, perfectly capturing the blue tones of the water below.

Exploring Ithaca 

There are many ways to explore Ithaca but one of the most refreshing and rewarding has to be by foot. The island offers extensive natural trails that enables locals and tourists alike the opportunity to explore areas of the island that are only accessible by walking and allows you to immerse yourself within the surrounding natural beauty. You are bound to be rewarded every step of the way by the magnificent breath-taking views, the reassuring cool breeze of the ocean air and the unforgettable memories which will remain in your heart. Autumn is the perfect time to explore these trails as the weather cools and the islands quietens.

Ithaca has so much to offer throughout the year and we are privileged to live in such a diverse and beautiful place. Whether you are looking to travel to Ithaca for a holiday or are looking to relocate, MV Properties is here to guide you every step of the way. You can find our extensive list of rentals here as well as our property listings here.

See some of our top trails below or for a more extensive trail guide click the link below.

Roussano Trail
Starting at the monopati (footpath) on the road heading up to Exoghi, you will walk along the ridge of the mountainside. Enjoy panoramic views overlooking Stavros village and Polis Bay. Approximately a 45 minute walk ending at the naturally-formed plateau of Roussano.

Anoghi to Kioni 
An easy and pleasant route starting from the Araklis Menir. Following a stone-paved path among olive trees fields and dense vegetation, the route ends up in Three Mills (Treis Myloi) which constitute Kioni’s landmark!

The Church of Panagia Spiliotissa 
Take the footpath starting from the plateau of Marathias, in the south of Ithaca. The wondrous views overlooking the southern landscape of the island will leave you in awe and in search for more trails to follow and explore.

A circular route combining a walk in the wild, a visit to archaeological sites and swimming in the sea! Starting from the bridge of Platreithias and passing by Exoghi, where we find two important medieval churches, we visit the fountains of Kalamos and we reach Perivoli beach.

New Properties for Sale

This incredible property located along the coastline of Cavos near Polis Bay is for sale.
Property Reference IDMV067STA
This unique house in the heart of the mountainside village Anoghi is for sale.
Property Reference IDMV014ANO
This exquisite house with vast sea views is for sale in the Aetos area.
Property Reference IDMV003AET

As your local property agent, MV Properties not only aims to provide you with a dynamic property portfolio but also provide you with the best of what Ithaca has to offer. We hope you enjoyed reading through this month’s news and are feeling inspired to put your walking shoes on. Thank you for your continued support.

Until next month,