Houses around the world for $500,000

September 27, 2020

In an age where half a million dollars barely buys you a tin shed in Sydney’s highly competitive property market, it’s always fun (and slightly disheartening) to compare what $500,000 could buy you if you were to splash your cash and buy a house around the world.

So if the idea of buying a beachside villa in the Dominican Republic or cosy cottage in Germany’s forest seems slightly more appealing than one of our shoebox apartments, here’s what you buy off the international property market with a half a million dollar budget.

Take this barn conversion located on a picturesque Tuscan hilltop.

Beautiful home in Tuscany
Beautiful home in Tuscany
Beautiful home in Tuscany

Beautiful home in TuscanyIf you’ve ever dreamt of sipping wines from your balcony overlooking the Italian countryside, here’s your chance to live like Frances from Under the Tuscan Sun.

The beautiful stone structure complete with a fireplace and its very own olive trees (can you get any more Italian?) is in the medieval town of Volterra in the province of Pisa. It costs roughly $490,000 when converted.

See the home here.

With a spare $490,000, you can also purchase a unique three bedroom log home in Germany’s Thuringian Forest.

Log cabin home in Germany
Log cabin home in Germany
Log cabin home in Germany

Log cabin home in GermanyJust one hour from popular ski area Oberhof, die-hard ski fans can live in the home of their dreams – a full size log cabin.

If you’re not a timber fan, this is not the property for you. The kitchen and living area interior is solely timber-clad, giving the home a cosy, winter-snow-vacation feel.

See the home here.

This four bedroom townhouse in Normandy, France looks like something out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale book.

Beautiful old home in Normandy, France
Beautiful old home in Normandy, France
Beautiful old home in Normandy, France

Beautiful old home in Normandy, FranceSituated in the quaint town of Cambremer, the home has a beautiful old façade with intricate timberwork dating back to 1900 and a surprisingly modern interior.

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the home is the generous sized private courtyard which could be transformed into an entertainer’s oasis – think French wine and lazy afternoon sunsets. It’s on the market for around $500,000.

See the home here.

Looking at the exterior of this home, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a celeb’s exotic weekender.

Impressive modern home in the Dominican Republic
Impressive modern home in the Dominican Republic
Impressive modern home in the Dominican Republic

Impressive modern home in the Dominican RepublicThe impressive three bedroom abode is located in a gated area of Sosua in the Dominican Republic and is on the market for around $490,000.

The property not only features a massive pool and Jacuzzi but it has a rooftop terrace complete with ocean views. The modern interior and open plan living make this home the perfect Caribbean escape.

See the home here.

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