Your money can go much further overseas and, this week, we’re taking a look at some of the best properties on the market, from converted windmills and seafront apartments to village houses and high-spec condos.
Mar Menor, Costa Cálida, Spain
If you’re looking for a lock-up-and-leave holiday home with all amenities and leisure activities on your doorstep, this one could be for you. Priced at just €56,600, the apartment is situated right on the Calella Mar Menor Golf Resort, with its 18-hole course and 5-star spa. It’s just 25 minutes from Murcia-Corvera Airport, making it ideal for weekend breaks. The property itself has one bedroom and an open-plan living space, with a balcony overlooking the landscaped communal gardens.
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Callosa de Segura, Alicante, Spain
It’s a good rule of thumb that if you head inland, prices will be lower, and this property certainly bears that out. On the market for €88,000, it’s a three-bedroom townhouse, with a spacious tiled yard and its own solarium, offering fantastic mountain views. You have bars and restaurants within walking distance, and it’s just a five-minute drive to the nearest supermarket. As a plus, it’s still only a 30-minute drive to the nearest sandy beaches (Playa Els Tossals and Platja de la Babilònia), as well as 45 minutes to the airport.
Pilar de la Horadada, Alicante
If you do want to be closer to the sea, prices will be higher, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t find fantastic value properties if you have an agent who knows the local area on your side. For example, take these new townhouses, just five minutes’ drive from the beach and priced from €179,000. The ground floor has a light living/dining room opening out onto the garden and private pool, as well as one bedroom. There are two further bedrooms and two family bathrooms upstairs, and a solarium on the rooftop to make the most of the sunny weather.
Saint-Georges de Reintembault, Brittany, France
Luchapt, Poitou-Charentes, France
This four-bedroom village house is in excellent condition and boasts an expansive, well looked after garden of around 1,000m2. With four bedrooms and an office/study, there’s plenty of space on offer. Luchapt is a pretty little hamlet nestled on the border of the Charente and the Haute-Vienne, with its own mairie, boulangerie-épicérie and a small hotel. It’s on the market for €88,000.
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Chiché, Charente-Maritime, France
If you’re looking for a period property with plenty of character, this unique home certainly ticks all the boxes. A historic converted windmill, it has the potential to make a unique home or holiday let. The living room, separate kitchen, two bedrooms and shower room are distributed across four storeys, with panoramic views of the surrounding woodland.
Vaqueiros, Algarve, Portugal
This traditional village house is perfect for anyone looking for rural living in an authentically Portuguese village. It’s located in the hamlet of Vaqueiros, in the inland Algarve, and surrounded by open countryside. The property itself is a two-bedroom bungalow in good condition, on the market for €55,000. It comes with 203m2 of land and a small 27m2 outbuilding, currently used as a store.
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Cabanas de Tavira, Algarve, Portugal
This apartment is in fantastic condition, with a modern open-plan kitchen/living/dining space and sea views for just €149,000. It’s just three minutes from the Ria Formosa and is within walking distance of restaurants, bars and services. Benamor Golf is close by, and it’s just a ten-minute drive to Tavira itself.
Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida
Just over a mile from Walt Disney World, this split-level, two-bedroom condo would make a fantastic holiday home or investment, with an asking price of $165,000. Lake Buena Vista is a four-star resort with two pools, a gym, spa, restaurants, arcade and community stores. A shuttle takes you directly to Disney World. Another of our readers bought in this development in 2018 to rent it out as a holiday let, and is now seeing a 7% return.
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Haines City, Polk County, Florida
Central Florida can be surprisingly affordable, and this spacious four-bedroom, three-bathroom villa is on the market for $224,000. Newly decorated, it occupies a private corner lot and has its own screened swimming pool. With 1833ft2 of space, you certainly get a lot more for your money than back in the UK! While being a little further away from the major resorts helps to keep the price down, you can still be at Walt Disney World in fifteen minutes, Sea World in thirty minutes and Universal in 45.