Buy a whole Portuguese village for less than the price of an average UK home

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If you're not impressed with the properties your budget will stretch to in the UK, it could be time to think big - and consider an entire village in Portugal. One has gone on the market for just £243,000 - less than the price of the average home in the UK.

Naturally, at this kind of price, you're buying something of a fixer-upper, but if you have the time, the skills - and the cash - then the 22-house village in Sigoeria, Alvaiazere in central Portugal could be yours.

It has gone up for sale on Pure Portugal, where the agent is hoping it will be bought by someone with a business plan. They claim it could provide accommodation for 50 people, as well as a restaurant and swimming pool, so it could be run as a self-contained holiday complex.

Would you buy it?

Unfortunately, to get to this point, it would take an enormous investment of time and money, as most of the houses are essentially ruins at the moment.

It has the added advantage that it is already set up with electricity and a water supply, so you wouldn't have to get bogged down with arranging these basic amenities. However, you would still be expecting to plough millions of pounds into any renovation.

It's hard to know whether it will find a buyer. There are thousands of abandoned villages across Spain and Portugal, and hundreds of them are for sale. There are plenty of people who show an interest - drawn by the price, the beauty of the area, and the potential to create something unique. However, often the location, the amount of work, and the cost means that when push comes to shove, they don't make an offer.

Johnny Depp

There are those, however, who have had the vision, passion and deep pockets to build their own village. The most famous example is Johnny Depp, who bought a 37-acre village in the south of France. He is said to have spent around £7 million turning the stone buildings into the ultimate home for his guests.

Many of the buildings were turned into guest cottages - including the church. One of them has a wine cellar cave that was inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean. Then there's the incredible 12-bedroom 12-bathroom main property, and the huge outdoor pool.

If you can't face doing the work yourself on your own village, the good news is that Depp's village went on the market last year. The bad news is that the asking price was £18 million.

But what do you think? Would you fancy owning your own village, and could you face the amount of work involved? Let us know in the comments.

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The tenth most viewed property of the year on Zoopla, was this beauty in Penrith.

It went on the market in August for just £100,000, and the low price and the opportunity for transformation drew in thousands of people looking for a potential project.

This lovely home was the ninth most popular property of the view. Potential viewers were drawn by the opportunity to buy a five-bedroom detached property, complete with a garage and a drive, for just £187,950.

The eighth most viewed property was another relatively new, detached property, with a garage.

This home also boasts four bedrooms for just £197,950

Seventh place is impressive for a property that only hit the market in November.

It's another relatively new detached property with a garage, at the rock-bottom price - of £180,000

The cheapest home in the top ten comes in at number 6. For just £40,000 you get three bedrooms and a garage in Liverpool.

It's no wonder that so many people, who have been squeezed by soaring property prices, are keen to view a property that offers a glimpse of hope.

In fifth place is the first of two mega-expensive homes on the list - and by far the most unusual. This one, in Newport, south Wales, hit the market in February for £1,899 950.

The 1720s hunting lodge and tower had been transformed during an episode of Grand Designs in 2009 - by a couple who added a dramatic glass extension. Thousands of us couldn't resist having a look around.

This swanky new-ish property in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, made number four, despite only going on the market in October.

It ticks all the boxes that have put so many of these properties on the list - being detached, and offering five bedrooms plus a garage.

The price reflects the fact it offers all that - in one of the priciest parts of the country. It makes it the most expensive property in the top ten.

A detached property in Bradford, offering three bedrooms for just £149,950 made it to number three.

It's perhaps unsurprising that it attracted so much interest, because it's one of the cheapest properties in the top ten, and the many thousands of viewers must have been astonished they could get so much family home for their money.

The joint-second cheapest property on the list is the second most viewed property in the country.

It benefited from the fact that it went on the market at the end of 2014, so had plenty of time to attract viewers. However, the appeal of a detached, 3-bedroom house for just £100,000 drew viewers in their thousands.

The number one most viewed property in 2015 was this 6-bedroom farmhouse in County Durham.

It demonstrates that we're a nation of dreamers, drawn by the affordable £175,000 price tag - as well as the huge potential of a six-bedroom farmhouse, outbuildings, almost eight acres of land and planning permission for a wind turbine.

It's no wonder s many thousands of us popped online to dream of a cheaper and simpler life in the country.


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