Posted: Sep 22, 2015
As house prices continue to rise in the UK, we pick 10 of the best properties priced to sell around the globe.
There’s plenty of choice in this price bracket. You may have to make compromises on the style and state of the building, or on the location, but you can pick up a home overseas for the price of a sports car in the UK. Here are 10 homes to tempt you.
1. Castiglione Messer Raimondo, Abruzzo, Italy £22,700 (€32,000)
Castiglione Messer Raimondo, Abruzzo, Italy £22,700 (€32,000) This one bedroom town house is small, but totally habitable. The panoramic views make up for the lack of space and there is a small courtyard for those balmy evenings. The medieval village sits between the mountains and the sea in the Fino valley. It has several bars and shops, including one selling home-made pasta.
2. Istanbul, Turkey £42,667
Away from the city centre, but only 20 minutes from Ataturk airport, this apartment complex is being marketed off-plan. It’s an easy bus ride into town and a metro station is planned. On-site leisure facilities and a shopping centre make it a great option for overseas investors.
3. Near Parisot, Tarn et Garonne £21,300 (€30,000)
In a pretty district of honey-coloured stone, this tumbledown shell on the edge of a traditional village offers a challenge to the buyer. It might be necessary to rebuild rather than restore, but mains water and electricity are available. Nearby Parisot has a restaurant and a bar, as well as a weekly market and a swimming lake. But if it’s peace you’re looking for, this is La France Profonde!
4. Tortoreto, Abruzzo, Italy £34,000 (€48,000)
This one-bedroom apartment has superb sea views, although it’s not down on the coast itself. The town of Tortoreto is split into two distinct parts – the old quarter on the hill and the Lido. This area north of Pescara is known for its lovely sandy beaches, and Tortoreto is one of the coastline’s “Seven Pearls”. The sea is clear and warm. The apartment is basic and dated but habitable.
5. Lalzit Bay, Albania from £22,200 (€32,000)
These new-build apartments and villas are being released off-plan. They are in an exclusive development on the Adriatic coast near Albania’s buzzing capital city, Tirana. The resort’s unspoilt beach is golden sand, with views to the mountains behind.
6. Loreto Aprutino, Abruzzo, Italy £34,800 (€49,000)
This little hilltop town clusters around its castle and church. It’s 20 minutes to the Adriatic coast, through olive groves and vineyards. The two-storey house has a private garden hidden from prying eyes, with fabulous views to the mountains. There’s a full renovation needed to the building, but plans have been drawn up and an extension is possible..
7. St Antonin Noble Val, Tarn et Garonne £45,500 (€64,000)
This town house is habitable, but needs work to make it a beautiful home. It has a living room and two bedrooms over three floors. The little town’s spectacular position between the towering cliffs of Anglars Rock earned it the title Nobilis Vallis, or noble valley. Its unspoilt streets starred in the film Charlotte Grey. There are views of the gorge from the upper floor.
8. Laguepie, Tarn et Garonne, France £49,000 (€69,000)
This little town straddles the confluence of the rivers Aveyron and Viaur. You can swim in the latter from a pontoon below the ancient castle, which is floodlit at night. There are three bars and an auberge, as well as a pizzeria and several shops. This traditional town house has had some work done, but needs further restoration. It has two balconies overlooking the river and three bedrooms.
9. Katowice, Poland £37,650
Katowice boasts one of Europe’s earliest skyscrapers, Drapacz Chmur. Finished in 1934, it has 17 levels, 14 of them above ground. Until 1955, it was the tallest building in Poland. The loftiest apartments in this development will only be on the 11th floor, but then the prices aren’t sky-high either. Studio flats start from £37,650, with a selection of fit-out options. These might suit a buy-to-let investor, with strong rental potential offering 6-8 per cent yields.
10. Bisenti, Abruzzo, Italy £28,000 (€40,000)
Bisenti is rumoured to be the birthplace of Pontius Pilate. In the hills, five minutes from town, this semi-detached farmhouse is waiting for a sympathetic owner to restore it. The other half of the property is already renovated and is used by an Italian family as a holiday home. An architect has produced plans for a two-bedroom house, which has planning consent and mains services are already on site. The land stretches to 2.5 acres, including about 70 well-maintained olive trees. A caravan, plus a shed with a shower await the visionary olive presser.