Many property hunters want to buy a house in Greece for €250,000, in the hope of getting a Golden Visa. Often, if you look further inland, then a budget of €250,000 can find you an even larger property than it would close to the coast. Certainly, big enough for year-round living, and you can still find sea views. Explore areas away from the resorts advertised by holiday operators, and you just might find your dream house in Greece. Here are five examples of properties for sale in Greece with a current asking price of €250, 000.
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1. Three-bedroom house, on the Island of Rhodes, €250,000
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands on the eastern edge of the Aegean Sea. On a clear day, you can see Turkey. The famous medieval city of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site and is well known as having been the location of the Colossus of Rhodes (One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World).
House in Archipoli
Inland, with a budget of €250,000, and you find somewhere to enjoy the peace and quiet away from the summer tourists. As an example, we have selected this three-bedroom detached villa near the village of Archipoli, in the northeastern part of the island. Just 33 minutes’ drive from the airport and less than 20 minutes from the sea, you can enjoy your own little quiet haven. Attractions in the area include a waterfall, springs, monasteries, horse farm, toy museum and lovely trekking routes through the forests.
Ready to move in
Not only is this a good-sized detached house, but it is also furnished and ready to move in. The kitchen even has a dishwasher and massive fridge freezer, and the living room comes with a 65 inch TV. The list of extras goes on and on, and includes a jacuzzi, furnished patio, garage, workshop with tools and pellet stove.
2. Two-bedroom house on the island of Crete for €250,000
Expats love Crete, for its low cost of living, pleasant climate, friendly people (many of whom speak English), beautiful beaches and charming villages. The most popular towns for expats who enjoy being around people, are Chania, Heraklion and Rethymnon. However, there are great opportunities to buy houses for €250,000, all across the island, in quiet locations within driving distance of a town and an airport.
Bungalow near Sissi and Malia
For example, just 30 minutes’ drive from the international airport at Heraklion, is this detached bungalow with large private garden. The house comprises a living room with a working fireplace, a fully fitted kitchen, a dining room, a large shower room and two double bedrooms with built in wardrobes. It has some lovely terraces and a distant view of the sea.
The bungalow is situated 5 minutes’ drive from the seaside towns of Sissi and Malia, and about 25 minutes from Agios Nikolaos. Sissi is an authentic little fishing village surrounded by nature, perfect for a scenic walk followed by a fish dinner. You may also find one of the small, sandy beaches, that are protected from the westerly Meltemia winds. In contrast Malia is all about the nightlife and days on the beach. Being popular with young British tourists, you can even get an English breakfast there.
In this area there is an animal rescue centre called Amazonas Park, where you can see local wildlife, plus lemurs, parrots and monkeys. You can also visit the archaeological site of a Minoan Palace, or spend the day relaxing at Potamos beach.
Evenings in Agios Nikolaos
However, it is trying to turn away from a reputation for touristy nightclubs and bars, and is becoming more of a town for couples and families. Evenings are generally spent at one of the many restaurants or tavernas around the harbour, or wandering the shopping streets. The town council also organises a programme of cultural events every summer.
Resort or Countyside?
With an apartment by the sea for €250,000, you could get you a similar floor size to the inland bungalow, but instead of a garden and large terrace, you get a balcony with views of the sea and marina. While inland you get more privacy and peace and quiet, the apartment is a short walk to shops and restaurants. While at the inland bungalow you could possibly build a pool, at the apartment you can take a short walk to take a dip in the sea.
3. Two-bedroom house in the Peloponnese for €250,000
Our next house is located in Lygourio in the Argolida region of the Peloponnese. It is also only 24 km northeast of the regional capital, Nafplion. Although its mainly rural population numbers less than 2,500, Ligourio has a good selection of shops, a pharmacy, a school, etc. Since ancient times, the inhabitants of Ligourio have been cultivating olives and apricots, as well as vegetables, therefore you know local produce is going to be very fresh.
Village of Lygourio
Lygourio’s proximity to the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus has inspired the inhabitant’s interest in art and culture, which is reflected in the rich program of cultural events held there throughout the year. In the summer months, Ligourio becomes a popular meeting point for many of the million people visiting the Asklepion sanctuary, the Ancient Theatre and the Epidaurus Festival.
You can also drive to the sea at Palaia Epidavros in less than 20 minutes. Palaia Epidavros is a small coastal town with several nice beaches, such as Vagionia and Kalamaki. It’s a lovely bit of coastline with a harbour and small coves. Perfect for scuba diving.
Stone house near Epidavros
Just 2km from the theatre of Epidavros is this stone house with 118sqm of floor space. On the first floor is an open plan living room, kitchen, dining room, with stone walls and exposed roof beams. These high ceilings are painted in a light colour and add to the bright and airy feel to the property. The balcony on this floor also makes the best use of the light and views.
4. Four-bedroom house in Greece for €250,000, on Evia Island
With Athens airport being on the south east side of the mainland, have you ever considered travelling east, across the Petalloi Gulf, to look for your dream home. If you go by car to Rafina, which is about 25 minutes drive, you can catch a ferry to Marmari, which is on the long island of Evia (Euboea). There are usually a minimum of three ferries a day, and the journey takes about an hour. For those living in Athens, it is perfect as a weekend getaway.
Marmari is a small town, with only about 1,000 residents, but it has the basic shops. Along the waterfront there are cafes and restaurants and a children’s playground. The houses fan out around the bay and up the low hill behind. Like spectators at an amphitheatre, they gaze in wonder at the star attraction …the sea and small islands. Along the coast you can also discover rocks and sandy bays.
The view everyone wants to see is the “Great Sand Beach”, a bank of sand which waves out into the sea. It is a popular area for kite surfers too. So just pull up in your car behind the beach, get out you chairs and relax and watch them. This really is a place where you can totally chill out.
Island of Evia
Despite being an island, Evia actually almost touches the mainland at the town of Chalcis, where there are two short bridges. Evia is the second largest Greek island after Crete and has a lot to offer. Imposing mountains and endless beaches, dragon houses and lighthouses, thermal springs, old monasteries, waterfalls, ravines and stone-built houses, Evia has it all.
Sea View House
This large house near Marmari, really makes the most of the panoramic sea views with big windows running the entire length of the living room. This large open-plan area incorporates the living room, dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. The house comes fully furnished and has 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms.
5. Three-bedroom house on Zakynthos for €250,000
Zakynthos, or Zante as it is known in Greece, is an island in the Ionian sea. It is 9.5 nautical miles from the Peloponnese, and 8.5 nautical miles from Kefalonia. The island is rich in vegetation and agricultural production of olive trees, citrus fruits, grapes and flowers. Therefore, it is possible to have a really lovely garden.
Famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and clear waters, nature is all around. Of special note are the loggerhead sea turtles, who lay their eggs in the soft sand. In fact, the sea and coast around Zakynthos is Greece’s first marine park.
Village of Tragaki
On the east side of the island, and just 20 minutes from the airport and 17 minutes’ drive from Zante town, is a village called Tragaki. In this green valley on the eastern side of Zakynthos Island you are surrounded by peace and quiet, while still being only a short distance from a long sandy beach, shops and restaurants. Tsilivi has modern tourist facilities including bowling, minigolf, water park and tourist shops. All along the beach there are water sports facilities.
Villa with balconies
In a quiet residential area near Tragaki, and not far from the resort town of Tsilivi you will find this two-story villa. The property has three-bedrooms and boasts a spacious open-plan living area with a fireplace and French doors that lead out onto the terrace. The ground floor also has one of the three bedrooms, which could be used as a home office. On the first floor, the master bedroom has three separate balconies offering amazing sea and mountain views. Outdoors, there is an upper terrace, with a garden full of Mediterranean plants.
Go and explore
While you can prearrange some viewings with estate agents before your viewing trip, nothing beats taking a drive around and seeing where you end up. You might find that it is the less touristy towns that give you that homely feel. It’s great to visit the resort towns for a day out and then retreat to your own home in the peace and quiet of the countryside. Check out other properties over €250,000 on Your Overseas Home.