Housing: What $750,000 buys you around the country

It's a lot of money, $750,000, right? Surely you could buy a house for that amount. 

Well yes. Just what kind of house, however, differs depending on where in the country you are looking. 

Here are a few options to mull over.

This bach has all the basic needs: power and phone service.
This bach has all the basic needs: power and phone service. Photo credit: Newshub

Near Whangarei, the Project found a modest, yet comfortable 1950s Kiwi bach. It could be your own seaside home. Sitting on a large sloping site, it's only 40 steps to the beach. Made in a time unbridled by health and safety regulations, the bach is constructed of fibrelight. You can enjoy one of the two small, quaint, livable bedrooms. 

It also has all the basic needs: power and phone service.  

After 67 years in the family, the vendors are ready for someone new to breathe life into the property. So gather your family and organise a viewing today. 

This home near Thames  has elements of passive design.
This home near Thames has elements of passive design. Photo credit: Newshub

Elevated in the natural bush setting, a newly built house near Thames has been created with its ecological footprint in mind. From its double-glazed, north-facing windows, to its full-perimeter insulation, this beautiful home has elements of passive house design, which will reduce your power bill (unlike conventional building methods). 

And much like Jeremy Corbett's comedy, many of the materials are recycled, though the pendant lighting vaulted ceilings and stylish textures give it a modern appeal. 

And with its neutral colour palette throughout it's easy to add your own flair. Positioned on 7084 square metres, more or less, you're miles from any neighbours so you can make as much noise as you'd like.

The only catch with this property is that it's leasehold.
The only catch with this property is that it's leasehold. Photo credit: Newshub

For something different, forget the retirement villages and reverse mortgages and live the life of the rich and famous without spending millions by snapping up a place in Auckland's Mission Bay.

There are two fabulous bedrooms, and one even has its own ensuite. There is a walk-in wardrobe and marble bench, and so many entertaining area options your friends will never want to leave. 

And there's no need to worry about security while you're away on holiday, with your neighbours nice and close. 

There's just one teeny-tiny problem though: it's leasehold.

If you're not afraid of ghosts, this could be the place for you.
If you're not afraid of ghosts, this could be the place for you. Photo credit: Newshub

If you're looking for a quieter lifestyle, consider heading to Timaru. There, a former Sunday school, built in 1913, is waiting for you. The building is a fine example of mock-Gothic architecture and has been modernised to provide 21st-century quality-living. 

The only downside is that it's haunted. 

On the upside, it can provide an income from three luxury apartments. The apartments feature a separate bedroom, lounge, kitchenette and opulent bathrooms. 

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