Cheap Old Houses Abroad

Issue #5

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Bagnone, Italy

($61,705 USD)

A very cool old mill in Tuscany. 
Semi-detached stone mill (110 sq m) requiring renovation situated in small characteristic village. The property comprises three cellars on lower ground floor; entrance, kitchen, dining room, living room and bathroom on ground floor and two bedrooms on first floor. Externally the stone courtyard offers direct access to the river and space to enjoy the views and the sun. All services connected. New roof.

Løten, Norway

€1,400,000 kr

Your own little pocket of the world.

Welcome to Budorvegen 568!

This is a small farm with a peaceful location at the heart of a cul-de-sac. The property has history dating back to the early 19th century. It is a total of approx. 60 acres where approx. 25 acres of cultivated land and 30 acres of forest area. This is today leased away.

The main house is well maintained and runs over two floors. 1.etg. contains living room, kitchen, dining room / storage room and single wet room with sink / WC. 2.etg. has a total of three bedrooms.

Other buildings on the property are a two-storey barn. This one is not insulated, so it works mostly for summer use / storage. There is also a garage building with storage room and an annex.

Bellac, France

($129,279 USD)

Only in France do you find random, Empire-style chandeliers just hanging around in old medieval homes. 

A wonderful opportunity to purchase a 15th Century Medieval House situated in the historical quarter of Bellac. This property has been imaginatively and authentically restored by the owners and boasts a host of medieval and period features making this property truly individual. After entering the house through a beautiful oak door you find a delightful entrance hall, with door to cellar, shower room, separate WC plus a spacious kitchen/dining room with superb views over the Vincou river and Viaduct. The 17th Century oak staircase leads you to the first floor and a spacious sitting room with exposed ceiling timbers and a magnificent fireplace with inset wood-burner. There is further double bedroom on this floor. On the second floor there are two double bedrooms and a bathroom, the larger bedroom features 17th century paneling and wonderful views. On the third floor there is a wide landing and a spacious well lit attic bedroom. To the rear of the property is a private terrace ideal for alfresco dining/entertaining. Bellac is well served with supermarkets restaurants and shops and has a rail connection to the TGV mainline. Limoges airport is just a 45 minutes drive. This property is currently let out as a Gite but would equally make a superb home for someone looking for something a little special. Properties of this caliber seldom come to the open market therefore viewing is strongly recommended.

Seia, Portugal

($50,643 USD)

Loving these transoms.
Village house located in a quite place with a big courtyard (650) the house it's in good shape. Near Serra da Estrela touristic attraction mountain in Portugal.

Alban, Ontario


189,900 CAD
($139,883 USD)

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

Rare 1880's fur traders post n beam log cabin restored to perfection on the French River Delta inside the Provincial Park that comes with modern amenities plus( potable water, septic system, fire suppression system, etc). This historic opportunity is built on the southern tip of Atwood Island with beautiful panoramic views and sunshine. Home to the greatest wilderness opportunities for all outdoor adventure whether you like fishing, hunting, water sports, kayaking, canoeing, or wildlife viewing this offers it all. This 2 bedroom cottage with a separate gazebo, washroom, and multiple decks leaves you with the feeling of pioneering on the waters. Further common elements of Atwood island are a games room, gym, laundry room, wood-burning sauna, gym, workshop, commercial kitchen & dining room as well as an onsite general manager to take care of all the maintenance of the island. Family and friends will surely want to stay as long as possible... Private Financing available for seamless ownership! (id:8860)

Bagnone, Italy

($106,593 USD)

I found a whole host of amazing properties in Bagnone and am officially declaring it the overseas headquarters of Cheap Old Houses.

Typical stone house on two levels with panoramic terrace set in a lovely hillside borgo. The property consists of entrance hall, kitchen with vaulted ceilings, dining room, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and terrace with views over the borgo and the valley on the first floor; 2 vaulted rooms, and 2 stone cellars on the ground floor accessible through an external entrance. The two floors can be connected in order to have on the only unit on two levels. The house requires renovation work. The roof and the facade have been recently restored. Possibility to buy separately a piece of land of 100 sq m close by.

 Hampton, New Brunswick


$150,000 CAD
($110,544 USD)

So simple and lovely.

Built around 1820 in the Maritime Georgian tradition, this early homestead of Hampton is a charming property and a desirable piece of history. The home has many historic architectural features remaining on the interior including wide-plank floorboards, divided light windows, built-in cabinet with carved mouldings, and a unique central staircase with original crafted wood hand railing. The fireplace and wood stove offers a traditional and cozy lifestyle around the wood heat of the kitchen and living room while a supplementary furnace provides comfort throughout the home. The authentic wood trim, gable brackets, and elegant entry portico of the exterior feels at home surrounded by the mature trees and greenery of the property. With four bedrooms upstairs, this is the perfect family home in the heart of Hampton. Call today to view this beautiful property with tons of potential!


Lubrin, Spain

($31,439 USD)

How sweet and for this price!?!

Located in a beautiful country setting this property has good access with parking provided at the front of the house on the large threshing circle, this is shared by the neighbouring properties. At the entrance to the house, you will find a large terrace, from here a large, traditional stable door opens into a good sized sitting room featuring exposed wooden beams and Andalucian fireplace with wood burning fire. A large opening from here leads into the kitchen and dining area and to the rear of the kitchen you will find the first of the bedrooms, currently used as an entertaining room.

Also located on the ground floor is the family bathroom.
A door from the sitting room gives access to the flight of stairs leading up to the first floor where you will find a large landing area, spacious enough to accommodate an office space and from here you will find the second bedroom. Double doors to the rear of the landing lead into a sizable room, this room requires reforming however would make an ideal master bedroom. There is the potential for an en-suite bathroom. Another door from the landing area gives ladder access to a further spacious room which again requires full renovation but again boasts great potential.

In addition, there are stairs to a roof space, ideal for a seating area with a little work.
This charming property has all mains services connected and comes with a small parcel of land with a number of Almond trees. A great country property at a good price.

Limousin, France

($145,770 USD)

A french country cottage in a National Park!

A terrific house located in the Perigord-Limousin National Park and well placed to explore the region. It is fully central heated and double glazed and benefits from mains drainage. This home has a great deal of charm and warmth with a mature garden full of beautiful plants.

You enter this very solid traditional french home into a hallway that opens on the right into a large kitchen dining room (20.8m²) that has a fully fitted kitchen including oven, hob, fridge freezer, and dishwasher, all included in the sale. There is also a beautiful wood burning stove in this room to provide additional local heat in the winter and that cozy feel.

Outside are the beautiful mature garden that has been lovingly created over the past 15 years by the current owners with a diverse range of established perennials, climbers and shrubs, and fruit trees. There is also a greenhouse and potager area and a sizeable garage (20m²).

The property is in the village of Pageas within walking distance to a restaurant, school, and church. Chalus is 3.7km away and Limoges international airport with regular UK flights is just 29km away.


Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom

($149,252 USD)

This amazing old church is up for auction with a starting bid of £120,000.


St. Peter's Church is located on Princes Street, in the semi-rural marketing town Bishop Auckland. Located approx. 10 miles from the Historical City of Durham and approx. 13 miles from Darlington. Suitable for a range of alternate uses, this property has the potential to be developed into a six-bedroomed residential dwelling, with previously approved plans and consent.
St Peter’s Church it was completed in 1875 and has a beautiful yet simple, architectural style.

St. Peters Church Hall stretches approx. 3,272 sq. ft which extends over two stories, with the first floor accessed via an external staircase. Suitable for a range of uses, this property has previous planning applications that have been accepted for converting this Grade II Listed building into two, three bedroomed apartments.

This Church Hall benefits from a gas central heating system and briefly comprises of a large reception hall, kitchen and WC to the ground floor whilst the external staircase leads to the first floor, which accommodates two spacious rooms.

In brief, this Grade II Listed Church comprises of; a spacious and lofty nave, the chancel which includes the choir and sanctuary, both choir and clergy vestries, and a bell tower with two rooms and a copper spire.

The adjoining Church Hall/Annex is included within this lot and has planning approved for two, three bedroomed apartments.

Chania, Crete
€60,000 - ($67,524 USD)
An old olive oil mill! 
Pomarkku, Finland
€101,000  -  ($113,219 USD)
The listing calls this "the most beautiful church village in Finland."
Manitoba, Canada
$44,900 CAD - ($33,015 USD)
Tons of potential!
Keiss, Scotland
£85,000  -  ($105,621 USD)
This is exactly where I want to spend my entire summer.

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