Considering a move from the Big Apple? Choose from one of these eight fantasy-worthy destinations and you'll be living like a king (seriously, some are castles). These jaw-dropping homes and properties are also incredibly cheap. That's a bit of an exaggeration, but if you put things into perspective you'll see why they're a steal. For the week ending July 16, the average list price on Trulia for a home in New York was more than $2.9 million, and the average price per square foot was $1,373. What can the same amount buy in other parts of the country (or world)? Flip through and you'll be shocked to find out.
The Tuscan Estate: $1,760,200.For just $164 per square foot (about eight times less than the asking price in New York) you can become the proud owner of an ex-convent in Siena, Tuscany. The 16-bedroom, 13-bath Italian estate offers breathtaking views, a history dating back more than 800 years, and, of course, a pool. There is a manor house, guesthouse, and pool house/gym. An existing arrangement for renting out a few rooms can help recoup costs.
A Real Investment: $1,033,600.Looking for a roomier living situation, a quaint French town, and a business to run? At slightly more than $1 million, this four-story hotel provides all the above. This cheap mansion features 20 guest rooms, two owners' apartments, a reception floor, kitchen, spa, and storage space in the basement. It needs a little dusting as it hasn't been occupied recently, but a renovation completed in 2008 means it's fairly up-to-date.
The Horse Lover's Paradise: $1,976,015.Less than 10 years old, this beautiful home lies on the Costa Blanca in Spain and features a large pool, terraces, barbecue, home theater, and a stable. (Check out the bathroom.) At only $229 per square foot, this five-bedroom, five-bath property is six times less than the average New York home and a total steal.
Space to Stretch Your Legs: $1,358,350.This eco-friendly solar mansion in Nelson, New Zealand, is small by some standards, with a mere two bedrooms and two bathrooms. But it makes up for that with an eye-popping 360-degree view (seriously, look at the pictures) and 88 hectares (about 217 acres) of land. It's the choice site for anyone who enjoys a bit of isolation and a lot of ocean scenery. Included are two sheds and a large workshop.
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