Cheap Old Houses Abroad

Issue #1

Ahhhh!!!! I'll admit, guys... I didn't really know what I was going to find when I announced (quite out of the blue!) that I would be starting this newsletter.  But I have had SO MUCH FUN tracking down these gorgeous, DREAMY little gems here, there and everywhere... and I know you're going to love seeing them as much I loved finding them.

I decided to cap the price for these houses at $150,000 USD in order to include some of the prettiest ones (though please bear in mind that the conversions to USD are approximate).  I also included the listing descriptions with each one. In many cases these were translated from their original languages, so please bear with the broken English! And if I didn't cover a particular European country today don't worry
⁠—I'll be sure to get to it in subsequent newsletters!

Last but not least, if you're a new patron of mine, I'd like to say a very heartfelt thank you for helping to keep this crazy cheap old houses project going. Many people have told me that it's just the distrcation they've needed during this strange time we're living through. It has been my escape and I hope it can be yours, too.

To be taken to the direct listings, click on the main property photos.

I hope you find your dream project!


psst... in case your email server cuts off the end of this looong email, make sure to click "view entire message" at the bottom so you don't miss any houses!

Mulazzo, Italy

($120,631 USD)

Oh hey look, you can live in a water mill in Tuscany!

This property is situated in Lunigiana, the northernmost part of Tuscany.
A region full of mystery, surrounded by hills, woods and chestnut oaks, vineyards, olive groves overlooking the famous Apuan Alps. Each village is rich in history and monuments and castles to visit. Nature trails (Hiking, Horse, Mount bike) and the famous Via Francigena, which connects with ancient Rome.

Immersed in a small unspoilt paradise, we offer Beautiful Watermill of about 120 square meters. Restored and composed on the basement floor by two cellars with ancient millstones inside. On the ground floor there is a large living room with fireplace, built-in kitchen and bathroom. On the First Floor by Two Rooms and Bathroom. Characteristic details like Parquet, Cotto, Stone make this object unique. Around the building exclusive land for about 5000 square meters. Inside two small buildings to be totally recovered. The access road is unpaved for about 400 meters, but can also be reached by traditional cars. Water is collected by pump. The light is via a generator, but it can be connected to the public network.

Indian Head, Saskatchewan


$87,500 CAD
($62,981 USD)

The woodwork, stained glass and mantels in this place are absolutely stunning. 

HUGE PRICE REDUCTION!! MASSIVE POTENTIAL for this rare gem! Welcome to 401 Woodward Ave, Indian Head and this stunning double brick character home. So many original features like hardwood flooring, original casings, door trims, gorgeous open banister railings, fireplace with oak mantle and spanish quarry tile, several stained glass windows, claw foot tub & wrap around covered veranda. Kitchen has been partially renovated. Attached porch and garage added in 1988. Main floor laundry. Large master bdrm has walk-in closet and 3 pce ensuite bath. Walk up attic with partial development. Home requires new heating system.You just won't find this kind of construction, square footage and original features at this price! If you have been waiting for the right property to put your personal stamp on - this is the home for you! Contact listing agent for more information or to schedule a viewing.

Bredsjö, Sweden

795,000 kr
($82,911 USD)

As a newsletter subscriber, you're about to learn all about my unhealthy obsession with Scandinavian cabins + farmhouses. CASE IN POINT. I mean, seriously... has off-the-grid living ever been this stylish? NO, it has not.

Here you can live completely for yourself on one of the larger islands in Gränsjön. Solid log cabin shipped from Arboga that the owners have set up about 30 years ago. Each log was transported across the lake and built up on site. Mountain stove and wood stove for heating. Water is not installed in the house. Solar cells are available as well as a 12 volt battery for electronics. Boat parking space and car parking are adjacent to the road.

Well maintained cabin that must be seen!

Admission can take place in July.
The cottage is sold furnished.

La Malbaie, Quebec


$85,000 CAD
($60,942 USD)

This Dutch Colonial Revival totally channels Wes Andersona time warp from the 1940s!

Nice residence perched on the corner of a street in the heart of La Malbaie. Interior in Colombian wood and Donnacona, high-end materials for the time. 3 bedrooms upstairs. Double living room. The stamp of the 1940s is intact. The cedar hedge creates privacy. At this price you can give it back its youthful air.

Mas de Barberans, Spain

($136,809 USD)

This is so rustic and beautiful! And because this is the Spanish countryside, you of course get 4.5 acres with olive trees!

Rustic style country house ready to live in Mas de Barberans. 80 sqm country house. Ground floor: bathroom, living-dining room, store room, kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms, terrace and balcony. Irrigation water and water tank. Electricity by batteries and solar panels. Generator to provide backup in an emergency. 18.000 sqm (4.5 acres) flat plot of land. Olive trees. Nice views and excellent access.

Länkipohja, Finland

($59,103 USD)

I absolutely love how the Finnish property descriptions refer to these homes as "grandmother's cottages". And also how all of the homes come with saunas!

A small 36 m2 winter-friendly log-built grandmother's cottage in Länkipohja, Jämsä, for a wonderful holiday. The cottage was built in 1926, the bathroom and sauna were built in 2012. The interior surfaces of the cottage have also been updated to this day, respecting the old. In autumn and winter, a nice warmth to the cottage is brought by the kitchen wood stove and the bedroom bowl oven. Very good water from your own borehole. Separate composting wood and storage building. The plot of more than 1000 m2 allows the green thumb to establish itself in a great environment. The berry bushes and apple trees are already ready. The right to common water areas and a berth about 300 meters from the shore of Längelmävesi.

Leonidio, Greece

($119,399 USD)

The view! The pool! The dream.

In a wonderful location inside a green landscape, a stone detached residence of 65 m2, inside its own plot of 280 m2 is available for sale. The house was constructed in 1950 and renovated in 2010. It consists of a bedroom, a living room that canbe used a a second bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom. The property also offers an outdoors garden including a small pool of 20 m2, with a lovely view towards the green mountains of the area. In terms of location, the house is found 1 km from the local beached and 10 km from Leonidio.

Saint-Odilon-de-Cranbourne, Quebec


$95,000 CAD
($68,172 USD)

I wish the interior photos were better, because this is a really beautiful Gothic Revival! (and yea, there's a pristine linoleum rug under that bed.)

Beautiful very old, neo-Gothic style with triangular gables and adorned with a very elaborate frieze gingerbread style frieze, having retained all the character of its past. 9-foot ceiling, abundant woodwork, several original hardwood floors, wood latte finish. Rare on the market, with a lot of potential!!

Saint-Thélo, France

($127,649 USD)

Seriously so dreamy. I don't even know what to say!!!

Located in a hamlet in the countryside of Saint Thelo, 15 minutes north-west of Loudeac, this group of characterful buildings includes a 17th century mansion, which retains all of its original features. All this on approximately 2000m2 of land. The manor house itself dates back to around 1750 and can be lived in a simplistic way, but could become a really pleasant house with character. Inside, there are many features such as stone slab floors, original staircase, several rooms with original paneled walls that are still in good condition for their age, semi-hidden rooms, nooks and crannies original, slate sink, stone stairs, the list goes on. Outside and behind the manor are two large barns which form a courtyard. St. Thelo is that it is one of the very first rural municipalities in France to have 100% fiber optic coverage !!

Marie Joseph, Nova Scotia


($57,511 USD)

4 acres and 195 feet of waterfront, plus all the Victorian charm you could ever dream of!

Step Back in Time! Gorgeous 5 bedroom home with historic detailing, almost 4 acres of land and 195 feet of waterfront. Perfect for those long summer days, it would make a great escape property and a wonderful place to spend quality time with the family. Being sold with almost everything you see. Come and see what the Eastern Shore has to offer, a place to make memories and maybe all your dreams come true!

Kjølsdalen, Norway

650,000 kr
($65,365 USD)

Look at those views!!!

A cozy little town with charm and soul, well located in quiet and rural surroundings at Haus, with good sun conditions and nice views of the fjord and the surrounding mountains. The plot is nicely worked up with evergreen planting and a nice screened garden area, as well as some natural plot. The hometown holds the older, simple standard, and has been of use as a leisure home in recent years. From the property there are approx. 26 km to Nordfjordeid and approx. 30 km to Måløy with all the center and service facilities. Here you cope well with nice hiking and outdoor areas in the immediate vicinity both by fjord and mountains! The home is over 3 levels and contains: Main floor: Entrance, stove, kitchen and bedroom; 2nd floor: Staircase and 2 bedrooms; Basements: Raw basements, bathrooms and available rooms.

Beira Alta, Portugal

($93,162 USD)

Another with killer views.

Organic farm of 11 hectares, with spectacular views. Extensive living and farming accommodation with all registrations, planning permission for renovation, active electricity supply and water from a spring. Full description available shortly.

Papiano, Italy
€95,000  -  ($104,020 USD)
Move to Italy and live in a former pasta factory.
Danvou-la-Ferrière, France
€77,000  -  ($84,295 USD)
An old stone manor stone.
Carrick-on-Suir, Ireland
€85,000  -  ($93,070 USD)
An former teacher's house, next to the school
Iznájar, Spain
€99,000  -  ($108,380 USD)
The views!!!

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