With the property market booming again, those desperately hoping to get on the ladder might be wise to look at where you get most for your money.
This month Nationwide said the average UK property costs £186,512, up more than 10 per cent on this time last year.
This sort of money might only get you a run-down studio flat in London — but head to Scotland or Wales, and it could buy you a comfortable family home with spectacular views.
Here are some tempting homes recently on sale, priced from £180,000 to £190,000.
12 Locations, 12 different properties but all similar prices
Three-bedroom house, Market Drayton, Shropshire, £189,950
In a small market town, this character property, dating from 1878, has spacious accommodation with period features. The bedrooms are large, and it has a long back garden. Needs some renovating, but it’s a solid bet for a lovely family home
Three-bedroom detached house, Elgin, Moray, £190,000
For true value for money, head to Elgin, where this impressive family home – formerly a gate lodge – has a large sunroom and open-plan lounge/dining room. It’s also got a mature garden, with a chicken run, and views over the open countryside towards the sea less than a mile away. Bring your wetsui
One-bedroom apartment, Eversley, Hampshire, £189,950
This delightful second-floor flat in an imposing converted manor house is spacious, and boasts sash windows, a stone fireplace with granite hearth, high ceilings and the open-plan flows through to the kitchen. There’s also access to a tranquil walled garden in the grounds and residents’ parking
Two-bedroom mobile home, Windsor, Berkshire, £186,000
In leafy Windsor, your national ‘average’ price property is a mobile home. This one – simple and refurbished – is in Willows Riverside Park and has a new family bathroom, fitted kitchen, low-maintenance garden and two parking spaces. Almost one’s very own Windsor Castle…
Four-bedroom houseboat, Hoo, Rochester, Kent, £190,000
Perfect for those seeking an alternative lifestyle. The boat is a large family home, with two lounges and two bathrooms. A big highlight is the decked patio (or is it a patio deck?) – ideal for relaxing. Moored in a quiet marina, near rail links into London
Derelict chapel, Carmarthenshire, £185,000
It may look bleak, but this former chapel in rural Wales, set in a third of an acre of land, comes with planning permission to convert it into a three-bedroom, three-reception room dwelling, perfect for a family home or holiday let
Two-bedroom detached bungalow, Cardiff, £186,000
A quintessentially ‘average’ property. This two-bed bungalow, in Cardiff¿s leafy suburb of Radyr has good access to the city centre, and golf and tennis clubs. It has a lawn, patio and is found on a quiet, residential street
Three-bedroom house, Goole, Yorkshire, £180,000
This former chapel, built in 1906, is now a lovely three-bed house in a small, bustling village outside Goole. Includes open-plan living area, balcony, three large bedrooms and ‘luxury’ bathroom. Close access to the M62
Two-bedroom cottage, Clachaig, Argyll, £190,000
For mountaineers and hikers, what could be better than a snug cottage handy for the Highlands and Islands, five miles outside Dunoon? Stylishly refurbished and super eco-friendly, it has solar panels to heat water, and a heat pump, which extracts energy from air outside. It also has a wood-burning stove, under-floor heating and superior insulation
One-bedroom flat, Elephant & Castle, London SE1, £190,000
On the first floor of a Sixties tower block, this needs serious modernisation. On the upside, it’s near major bus routes, a good gym and a Tesco Metro
Four-bedroom terrace, Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, £186,000
This comfortable family home is a new development surrounded by fields. It has a fresh, modern interior, and comes with large patio windows, fitted kitchen, an open-plan living/dining area and a large family bathroom. The master bedroom is en-suite and comes with its own dressing area – very fancy
Studio flat, Camberwell, South London, £190,000
The average UK price might just stretch to a tiny studio in the capital. This one is in a quiet residential street in South London, near transport links and parks. Still, there’s no escaping that you have to sleep a few feet away from your TV
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