Crave City Living Without the Inflated Price Tag?

Here are five chic metropolitan properties across Europe for sale for 250,000 or less

You don't need me to tell you that average prices for condominiums in U.S. and Canadian cities are insanely high right now (don't even get me started on the cost of single family homes). In fact, I conducted a quick & dirty Google search in Toronto, Portland, Seattle, Nashville, Vancouver, Miami, Denver, and Chicago, and the cheapest average was in the $400k range (with some as high as $700-$800k). With so many people looking for more affordable alternatives, I wanted to debunk the myth that European real estate is unattainable. In fact, outside of a few major budget busters (like Paris, London, Rome), Europe can be A LOT more affordable than most people think.


I know what you're thinking...And if I had a Euro every time someone told me, "Bargains are only in BFE, not in places people actually want to live..." Well, let's just say I'd have enough to buy about 10 bargain homes by now!


However, just to prove ya'll wrong, I've pulled a sampling of cheap but charming options recently shared with our BHA Plus! members in some highly desirable cities.


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€169,000 | 1 Bed + 1 Bath

Nice, France

From the listing: "2-room apartment on the 4th floor of Villa Caroline, a 1929 building in Nice, completely renovated in 2017, a nice renovation that has restored this building to its former glory. Located in the heart of a neighborhood of Nice par excellence, through Borriglione, Caroline is a small street that has everything of a big one. Animated by a multitude of small traders, restaurants and tea rooms, with one of Nice's most famous fresh markets a few steps away, life is good here... The Valrose University Campus is a few minutes' walk away. The apartment, bright and in excellent condition, consists of a living room with kitchenette, a comfortable bedroom and a shower room with toilet. Low monthly charges."


Source: Green-Acres France


175,000 | 1 Bed + 1 Bath

Barcelona, Spain

From the Listing: "Apartment with many details and harmonious style.

Located in an area of ​​commercial and urban growth in the Raval with all services nearby, we find this one-bedroom apartment with spacious and bright spaces with high ceilings.

Adaptable typology, with the possibility of incorporating a second bedroom.

The different spaces have a lot of light since they are totally exterior to a large block patio, with a garden. Well oriented balcony. Characteristic details are highlighted. The warm coatings, the wooden elements and beams and the parquet floors are part of the good quality and design. Also the metallic elements and the luminaires. Integrated and complete kitchen in a bright dining room. Wardrobe in the bedroom and drawers in the bathroom. The main room becomes a comfortable space for recreation and relaxation with views to the outside and to the balcony."


Source: Engel & Volkers



£235,000 | 2 Beds + 1 Bath

Edinburgh, Scotland

From the Listing: "This delightful 1890’s main door two-bedroom colony style flat is situated in the popular residential area of Leith. The property is presented in true walk-in condition and comprises; entrance vestibule, front facing stylishly presented sitting room with access to understairs storage, kitchen fitted with a range of modern base and wall mounted units with integrated appliances, two double bedrooms – one situated to the rear of the property, and one situated to the front; and a shower room comprising of; fully tiled shower, sink and WC. The property has the benefit of gas central heating, double glazing and a private garden which add to the appeal of the property. The property has been comprehensively refurbished by the current owner, including new windows, rewiring, new plumbing, and heating. All fitted flooring and built in appliances are included in the sale, apart from the stove and copper cooker hood (available by separate negotiation). No warranties or guarantees will be provided."


Source: RightMove UK


€245,000 | 1 Bed + 1 Bath

Dublin, Ireland

From the Listing: "No. 7 St Brigid s Cottages is a charming one bedroom cottage, ideally positioned on a quiet laneway off St Brigid s Avenue in the increasingly popular North Strand. This warm and welcoming home has been lovingly refurbished and decorated by the current owners, making it a chic city centre home. This mid-terrace cottage has been designed to maximize space and natural light throughout. The accommodation of no.7 briefly comprises of; an open plan living/dining area with a feature fireplace dividing the rooms, a smart kitchen is positioned to the rear, with a and shower room and lobby with storage behind. Upstairs has been extended with a large dormer window providing a for a generous double bedroom. A neat courtyard is located off the kitchen and has been covered providing for additional storage. There are an array of shops, restaurants, parks, schools & colleges all within a short stroll away. Fairview Park and the Clontarf seafront are both within striking distance, while the IFSC, East Point Business Park, Grand Canal Dock are all within a short drive. There is a wide public transport network available close by and Connolly Rail & Luas Station is within short walking distance. The M1 is easily accessible through the Port Tunnel and there is an easy commute to Dublin Airport, the M50 and further afield."


Source: Sherry Fitzgerald


€250,000 | 1 Bed + 1 Bath

Rotterdam, Netherlands

From the Listing: "In a beautiful authentic building located 2 room apartment on the 3rd floor with spacious outdoor space and beautiful view. What a wonderful place to live! This stylish 2-room apartment is small but nice and very practical! Located on the most beautiful canal in Rotterdam. The complex is located near the Euromast and the Maas. The neighborhood is formed by historic Delfshaven, the Lloydpier and the Mullerpier. In the immediate vicinity is a wide choice of galleries and eateries and it is wonderful to wander along the water. Those looking for greenery, peace and quiet will find it in the Euromast Park. The water taxi can also be found around the corner and takes you to the lively Katendrecht within 2 minutes or drops you off in the bustling city center. You also have all urban amenities nearby. Finally, the house is conveniently located in relation to the city center, the roads and public transport."


Source: Funda NL


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