The village of O Penso comes with half a dozen homes for the price of one. (Photo: Lauren Frayer for NPR)
In most cities in America, $230,000 can buy you a decent home. But in Spain, it can buy you an entire village.
Located in Northwest Spain, the tiny village of O Penso is up for sale. According to a report from NPR, the last resident died about a decade ago, and today the 100-acre property sits uninhabited.
For the low, low price of $230,000, you can own the village, which comes with a cattle barn for 70 cattle, two barns, free well water, a bakery, and an orchard with peaches, figs, apples, and pears.
The village also has about six houses, the largest of which has five bedrooms.
And O Penso isn’t the only village that’s for sale. Modern Spaniards have migrated to larger cities for better employment, education, and access to health care. Add in the aging population and low birth rates, and many small villages and communities have been left abandoned.
If you’re looking for a fixer upper, why not move to Spain and renovate this home in O Penso? (Photo: Lauren Frayer for NPR)
Today, Mark Adkinson, a British real estate agent, drives through the countryside looking for these properties.
“Some of the places I’m finding have been empty for 50 or 60 years,” Adkinson told NPR. "And my job is to try to find the descendants.“
After locating the family who owns the abandoned homes, Adkinson asks them if they’d like to sell the property. He then finds prospective buyers to purchase the homes, some of which have sold for as low at $5,600.
Still too rich for your blood? The mayor of Cortegada, a small town in Galicia, is giving away a small hamlet called A Barca in his town for free. The only catch is that whomever buys the property must renovate the 12 ruined houses.
So if you’re looking for a fixer upper, a place to build a bed and breakfast, or just a fun family retreat — it might be worth your time to consider a visit to Spain.
Your wallet will thank you.
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