Five under $500,000 - March 14, 2018
This week we're imagining what life could be like if we plucked up the courage to make a drastic move. When we go searching for these 'affordable' listings, we're not only struck by how good some of the properties at the bottom end of the market are, we also envy the lifestyles that are thrown in for free. From a regional homestead in South Australia to a bargain block in Queensland, our imaginations are running wild. See where these places take yours.
683a Worlds End Highway, Eudunda, South Australia
Well, the address says it all. It's ain't close to much but how good would life be if this rusty homestead was your baby? The circa 1900 property set on 8.5 hectares is a top spot for horses, crops and bikes. Yeah, it needs a bit of love, but it hasn't fallen into total disrepair. If you're handy with a paint brush and don't mind living 100-kilometres from Adelaide, give it a whirl.
202/277 Barkly Street, Footscray, Melbourne
While it's more than a little disheartening to know that even a one-bedder in ol' Footscray can fetch $469,000, we figure you might as well get a bit of history if you're going to drop that kind of coin. The Barkly Theatre in this thriving western suburb has been a cultural hit since 1914. More than a century later, it's been remastered for modern living. You get the original lead-light windows and a charming bedroom mezzanine. If you can handle the resident Doggies supporters, get in there.
445 Hume Street, Albury, NSW
Yeah this renovated, double-fronted Victorian home with a beautiful bullnose Verandah is lovely, but the real prize is the rad little converted shed. Imagine what this place would set you back in Sydney. Forget that. Move to the state's border and it's all yours for around $350,000.
7 Ayers Street, Gundiah, Queensland
Rejoice! We found you an epic block of land for just $45,000. Sure, it's 224 kilometres north of Brisbane but it's hella cheap. The town has one main building: a pub. So all is not lost. With these views and cold pints nearby you've got nothing to complain about. And at this price, the drinks are on you, buddy.
186 Old Jetty Road, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania
Tassie is setting our hearts on fire once again. This new home, priced between $356,000 to $388,000, is an hour from Hobart, has Tasmanian oak floors and a tin roof that's just begging for rainy days (which you'll get plenty of here). There's also a seperate self-contained studio, so you can make some easy Airbnb cash on the side.
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