Calling all those who love to indulge in a bit of vicarious real estate porn, this one’s for you. You might remember our little nosy into the world of million dollar city apartments. Well now it’s the turn of rural countryside homes and quaint pastoral hideaways. Yes that’s right, I’m delving head first into the world of million dollar country abodes. Escape to the country indeed!
Escape to the Country
Ditching the urban rat race for idyllic country living is often painted to be the epitome of the good life. Cleaner air, greener surroundings and a sense of community are all oft-quoted reasons to leave the city. As are the cheaper property prices of countryside homes, which means you’ll be getting more bang for you buck. But just how much extra space can you expect to get? To find out, I set about comparing exactly what one million US dollars can get you in four picture perfect countryside locations. Keep reading for more!
Luxury Countryside Homes
The pretty south west county of Gloucestershire will fulfill all your country dreams and more. All rolling hills, thatched medieval villages and Victorian spa towns, it’s no wonder this West County gem has become fashionable of late. Its popularity, however, does come at a price. Namely house prices which are a little higher than the UK average.
While one million dollars might not get you a lavish country estate here, what it can get you is the next best thing: a converted chapel set in the grounds of one.
This beautiful four bed period property is part of the larger Brockhampton Park, a handsome mid-17th century country house. Inside, light spacious rooms with stone mullioned windows and original wooden floors are the perfect balance of old and new, setting the tone for a modern rustic aesthetic.
Outside, however, is where this luxury country home really shines. Located on the River Coln, the grounds are nothing short of magnificent. With over eight acres of beautifully maintained communal gardens to explore, there’s even a walled orchard and kitchen garden!
If rural isolation is what draws you most to country living, then the craggy wilderness of Perthshire in central Scotland might be the place for you. Brooding moors, lush forest and serene glens lend a decidedly Wuthering Heights-esque feel to this historic Scottish county. Even better, falling house prices in this area makes property a (comparative) steal.
For a million dollars in Perthshire you can look to enjoy an impressive renovated highland steading that comes with 6.3 acres of land. Set high in the Perthshire hills, overlooking the Tay Valley, the nearest village is four miles away, so rugged woodland and heather-clad hills will be your only neighbors.
Tasteful renovation inside leaves a bright blank canvas for you to stamp your own personal aesthetic style on. Overall, the property clocks in at 4827-square-feet, complete with five bedrooms and three reception rooms. That’s plenty of country home in return for your hard earned cash.
From brooding moors to the snow-topped peaks of Aspen, Colorado. As a popular ski resort town, Aspen is perhaps better known for its skiing vacation packages, but its flower-strewn meadows and lush national parks make it the ideal setting for a luxury country home. What’s more, despite a 7.6% rise in house prices, the rural Colorado countryside is still arguably better value for money than a hot ticket urban center like New York or San Francisco.
Case in point, look at this 4448-square-foot ranch you can get for one million dollars. For reference, that’s over 3000 square feet more than you can get in the Big Apple. And it comes with an additional 17.8 acres of land.
Given the rural location, socializing is best restricted to the home. It’s a good job then that the open plan living spaces and chef’s kitchen ensure that this countryside home is perfect for entertaining. Heated slate floors and floor-to-ceiling windows elevate this simple ranch to another level of luxury, rounding out its list of enviable features.
Whether you’ve been to wine country or the Alps, you’ll have seen that France is dotted with quaint villages and period chateaux’s. And Vence is no exception. Nestled between Nice and Antibes, up in the hills of Alpes Maritimes, the region boasts an old world Mediterranean feel. Think cobbled streets, verdant pastoral landscapes and a coastal view. While countryside homes on the French Riviera can be pretty pricey, Vence’s inland setting makes it more affordable than the likes of Monaco and Cannes. That being said, prices are still significantly higher than the national average.
This four bedroom villa, for instance, comes in at just over one million dollars. But she is a beauty – almost as beautiful as that enchanting view of the old village of Saint Paul de Vence below.
Inside, the charm offensive continues with rustic beams and arched doorways. This country home is south-west facing, ensuring plenty of light and sunshine throughout. Though at 2076-square-feet, it’s slightly smaller than the others we’ve seen, yet this French hideaway more than makes up for that with its abundance of character. A generous infinity pool and sheltered terrace are the cherries on top of this Provencal cake.