Cheap Old Houses Abroad

Issue #4

Happy Cheap Old Houses Abroad day, and welcome to my newest patrons! I sincerely hope you enjoy this week's picks as much as I enjoyed finding them.

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I hope you find your dream project!


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Codys, New Brunswick


$209,900 CAD
($154,581 USD)

It's priced a little higher than I typically show, but it's on 32+ hilltop acres overlooking a lake!
Beautiful century home nestled on 32+ hilltop & level acres complete with massive 8 box-stall barn (90 x 26) w/electricity, hay storage loft, tack room w/water), fenced pasture (approx 5 acres), attached double garage & large storage building (former garage). Wonderful opportunity for a B&B, hobby farm or horse-boarding facility & just 20 mins to Sussex, 1 hour to Fredericton. Overlooking the Washademoak Lake, this house offers over 3,800 sq ft of living and entertaining space. The main level features an eat-in kitchen with all appliances; sun-drenched family rm; 2 living rms; bathrm; great room; formal dining rm & convenient mudrm. The quality is evident throughout with substantial mouldings, fluted pillars, beveled glass doors & gorgeous stained glass windows. Upper level offers 5 bedrooms, a bonus room & bathroom with laundry, all with great views. New hot water tank 2014; new furnace 2015; new fibreglass oil tank 2020. A must-see view!

Teulada, Spain


Between the floors, the stairs and the tiled walls, it's like picking a favorite child.

 Ideal project! A 3 storey townhouse in the heart of the historic town of Teulada. Built across 3 levels, this deceptively large 3 bedroom, 2 living room, townhouse with separate kitchen is in need of reform and possesses many original features including heavy wooden doors. It has a lovely roof terrace with open views. 

Jarsy, France

($125,059 USD)

The views of the French Alps are to die for.

Nestled in a tranquil hamlet of Jarsy in the Massif des Bauges, this in an easy renovation with great potential to create a lovely detached home. With roughly 60m2 on each floor plus the attic to convert there is the potential of 160m2 of living accommodation. With garden on three sides and no possibility of future construction around the property the views and peaceful setting are guaranteed.

It’s possible to build a garage on to the back of the property with a door direct into the house via the first-floor landing. That would then allow stairs access to the loft conversion and to the lower ground floor via the existing staircase. Architect plans have already been drawn up for the transformation and all the service connections are in place to install a new septic tank. Please contact me for plans.

Kearney, Ontario


$109,900 CAD
($80,935 USD)

Lakefront! And with a fun art history. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the Group of Seven:

"The Group of Seven, also sometimes known as the Algonquin School, was a group of Canadian landscape painters from 1920 to 1933. Believing that a distinct Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature,[2] the Group of Seven is best known for its paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape, and initiated the first major Canadian national art movement."
Cottage in Algonquin Park surrounded by crown land in a landscape that the Group of Seven made iconic. Located on Rock Lake in the Park is private, treed, cottage with living/dining area of walls of windows, softwood floors, pine ceiling, and woodstove. Propane runs lights plus kitchen frig and stove. Two bedrooms and a storage room. Large Bunkie, which sleeps four, has 10' ceiling, softwood floor, and five windows. Easy access to 10' dock where the waterfront is rocky and sandy. Water clean and clear. Depth off the dock is about 4 ft. Included are canoe, boat, kayak, and dock. Boat access only, no hydro, and limited cell service. Instead, you can summer in all of nature's glory. Cottage on leased land; the Park stopped issuing leases years ago - which makes this cottage a rarity. (Negotiable is two canoes, 2nd kayak, sailboat, and furnishings.) Park association lease $6,684/2020. Boat launch 10 mins away with laundry facilities, hot showers, and drinking water. Shopping & dining 30 mins, in Whitney.

Sandviken, Sweden

600,000 kr
($64,810 USD)

If you need me, I'll be in the sauna.

Welcome to this lease site at cozy Granön in Storsjön! Here you will find a smaller main cottage, a guest cottage with sauna, an outbuilding with outdoor patio, and a smaller cellar. Lovely jetty of 45 sqm located by the water, here you can enjoy the fantastic sunrises and sunsets that the area offers. Only 5 minutes away by boat is the fine Hedåsbadet with sandy beach, restaurant, and music entertainment in summer time.

In the cottage, there is a family room with a fireplace, kitchen with a gas refrigerator with a freezer compartment and gas kitchen and a bedroom with a permanently fitted bunk bed and double bed. The guest cottage is located closer to the water and here is a family room with the possibility of sleeping and a wood-burning sauna with a view of the lake.

Here you can start using the cottage at once when it is sold with all the fixtures such as furniture, household appliances, decorative items, 12-volt TV, gasoline-electric heater 2 kW, wood splitters, and motor mowers. Electricity comes from a solar cell facility that is included. Water and wastewater are not available at present, pump and hose for pumping up water from the lake are included in the purchase. 1 cubic meter split and dry birch wood are also included.

Storsjön offers very good pike and pike fishing with chances on really large specimens. Fishing for other species such as perch and eel can also be very good.
Proximity to Gästrikland's Riviera Strandbaden where it takes about 30 minutes by boat, where there is camping, restaurant, and conference facility.

Welcome to the show!

Alvito, Italy

($130,861 USD)

Ok, it's only half of the palace. But still, it's a palace. A PALACE PEOPLE.

The Elvino-Panicali palace was originally built by Bishop Berardino Elvino, although the work was not completed until 1560, a few years after his death. During his appointment as treasurer general of the Apostolic Chamber, he ordered the construction of a Renaissance palace in his native hilltop town of Alvito. You can still see its Latin inscription running around the facade of the building.

Elvino Tintinatic Bishop of Anglona and Treasurer Apostolic General built this building from its foundations in 1560 with his sweat and with the favor of his lords the excellent Constance Farnese and his son Guido Ascanio caridinale of Santa Fiora and Pope Paul III"

During the 1600s, the palace entered the hands of the Panicali family, who were responsible for the creation of the garden.

Today the palace has been divided into two parts: one part has the entire upper floor, an entrance hall on the ground floor, half of the cellars and the garden: it is this part that is offered for sale. The upper floor requires modernization and the cellars have not been restored.

A large entrance hall has doors leading to a raised area overlooking the garden and the staircase to the main garden and cellars. Another staircase leads to the main floor, which has a small balcony overlooking the garden and windows along its length providing a wonderful view of the entire valley below. There is a kitchen, pantry, bathroom, and seven other rooms: currently five are used as bedrooms and two as living rooms, but of course this use can be modified. Features include antique tiles.

The cellars comprise two levels, and due to the slope of the ground both have direct external access. The upper level opens directly to the garden, which is in turn raised: this level is really a floor at the back, and in fact has huge arched windows overlooking the valley. If restored, these rooms could easily be made habitable.

The lower level of the cellars has a door on a small private hallway that runs along the back of the property.

The attractive garden has several rooms that open onto it from under the raised terrace outside the entrance hall -- these would be suitable perhaps for a summer kitchen or barbecue area. There is room to install a swimming pool (subject to obtaining planning consent).

The many delicious small cafes, restaurants and shops, banks, hairdressers, a post office, a small theater, all the necessary service operations, etc., are all a couple of minutes' drive or a short walk from the Palace.

 Alvaiazere, Portugal

($55,758 USD)

A real fixer-upper. But this could be beautiful!

This property is a perfect opportunity for someone looking to start a small guesthouse business in this up and coming region of Central Portugal away from all the busy city lives but extremely well served by roads. This period Townhouse from the beginning of the 20th century was built with thick stone walls and belonged to a wealthy colonial trader hence the good quality woodwork throughout the house.

The house is surrounded by numerous natural hiking tracks with great scenery spots provided by the mountains and forest land in Central Portugal, The property access is well served by roads, the main town is Cabacos at 2 min by car and Tomar at approximately 20 min. Around this area, there are typical villages, mills, panoramic views, roman ruins, monuments, river beaches etc. Lisbon is 1.30 hour by car and Coimbra is only 40 min by car, there beaches at approximately 1 hour drive.

Arpino, Italy

($170,674 USD)

The kitchen in this place is so good!

Palazzo Monsignor Ippoliti – a 430 stately historic palazzo from the 1700s requiring restoration set in one of the oldest parts of the medieval hilltop historic centre of Arpino.  Features of the property include splendid high-ceilinged rooms with antique wooden doors and floor tiles, the elegant marble stairwell, the family crest over the imposing front entrance, an antique kitchen with original fittings, and a roof terrace with panoramic views.  There is the possibility to sub-divide into several apartments as per plans available on request.

Georgetown, PEI


$209,000 CAD
($154,019 USD)

Please appreciate all of the floors and ceilings in this place.

This incredible 2 story century home was originally built in 1915 by Ship Captain Stephenson with incredible attention to detail, making it one of the most prestigious homes in its time. Douglas Fir, 9' ceilings, bay windows, north and south facing sunrooms, and the original maid's quarters will bring you back in time as the original character was maintained over the last 100 years. On the main floor, you will find the kitchen, pantry, formal dining room, living room, parlour, a bathroom/laundry room, and two sunrooms (one north facing and the other south facing). Upstairs, beyond the meticulously built staircase, you will find 3 bedrooms, a full bathroom, and the original maid's quarters (4th bedroom). Near the maid's quarters, there is a second staircase down to the first floor bathroom. From the second floor, there is a third staircase leading up to the attic which is perfect for storage, or for the kids to have space to play! There is an oil furnace (hot water) which provides heat to the gorgeous cast iron radiators throughout the home. From the south side of the house, you overlook the Georgetown Harbour, where you will see a plethora of fishing vessels coming and going. Outside, there is an 18' x 25' 1.5 story building that was originally the carriage house for this home. This waterfront property is a deeded "water lot", has easy access to the beach, and it is also hooked up to municipal water and sewer. Situated in Georgetown, a quaint fishing village, where there are restaurants, a bakery, gift shops, a general store, and the property is within a short walk to a local beach, confederation trails, and parks. Call to book your personalized viewing.


Benidoleig, Spain

($119,474 USD)

Perfection! I love those front doors.

This lovely 2 bedroom townhouse retains many original features and has heaps of potential- with many upstairs rooms not being used and could easily be converted into a 6 bedroom property.

The main living area is on the ground floor and comprises a spacious reception room, a living room with a feature fireplace, 2 double bedrooms, and a separate kitchen that opens onto a good sized patio with a water well. From the patio, there is a family bathroom with a shower and a guest toilet.

Steps lead up from the patio to a room that could be used as a further bedroom with a terrace and also to a large roof terrace with incredible views of the surrounding countryside and the Montgo mountain.

From the living room, an internal staircase leads up to 2 large storerooms and 3 further rooms that could also be used as bedrooms with Juliet balconies overlooking the quiet street.


Normandy, France

($152,187 USD)

When I think of Normandy, this is exactly the kind of house I think of! 

Near PONT AUDEMER and 23kms HONFLEUR, in the heart of the Natural Park of the Loops of the Seine in the Marais Vernier, beautiful Norman house of late 19th character with 1600m2 of land approximately: ground floor: dining room with large fireplace, living room, kitchen, bathroom, separate toilet, boiler room, 1st floor: landing serving 3 bedrooms with oak flooring, 2nd floor: attic, possibility 2 bedrooms, renovation work expected, garage.


New Brunswick, Canada
$109,000 CAD  -  ($80,340 USD)
A gorgeous Victorian!
Stendal, Germany
€27,735  -  ($31,559 USD)
An old train station.
Monchique, Portugal
€125,000  -  ($142,228 USD)
Tons of potential!
Kokkino Chorio, Crete
€125,000  -  ($142,256 USD)
Perfectly perched on the bay.

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