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5 Affordable Unique Homes

Updated on July 12, 2014

5 Unique Properties You Can Afford

With the housing market crashing all around us, an article on 'unique' properties may sound crazy considering most of us would be happy to buy ANY house, yet alone an unusual one. We're here to show you that not only can you afford a property - with some creative thinking, you can get a unique home for less!

houseboats for sale
houseboats for sale

1. Live On A Houseboat

Houseboats make great unique homes and they are often in interesting areas. Getting your dutch barge, narrowboat or cruiser in London (of course) will be most expensive, although compared to property prices in the capital - you can snap up luxurious 2 bedroom houseboat in the most sought after riverside environment, for the price of a run down 1 bedroom flat in a tower block!

To buy a houseboat, checkout:

www.apolloduck.co.uk

www.watersedgehomes.co.uk

Moorings in London come in at around £3,500 to £10,000 per year and houseboats can be as cheap as £32,000 for a 45ft canal boat with a residential mooring in East London (www.apolloduck.co.uk) to well over £300,000 for a huge dutch barge in Chelsea..

Eco Property For Sale
Eco Property For Sale

2. Go Green With An Eco Property

Eco homes, eco lodges and eco properties can be very cheap to construct and even cheaper to run. For just £29,995 (www.ecopoddesign.co.uk), you can purchase a stunning 'Eco Pod' which includes a decent sized double bedroom, single bedroom, bathroom and open plan kitchen/living room. At just 11m x 4m, your land costs are going to be pretty cheap!

Or you could go for a slightly more conventional green home at £50,000 (www.brightbuild.co.uk) an eco home that can grow as you grow! Plus, this only takes 2 days to setup...keeping labour costs right down.

Plots of land for sale
Plots of land for sale

3. Buy A Plot Of Land - Add A Bus, Caravan Or Railway Carriage Conversion

This might sound a bit 'out there' but in reality buses, caravans and railways carriages can make great unusual homes. Although you may need planning permission for permanent living, there are plenty of interesting 'workarounds'

There also appears to be some successful mobile-home-on-a-plot-of-land scenarios, such as Christie Flynn & his family who live in a converted bus. Check out these other other unique alternatives such as a cow-shed, gypsy caravan for £2,500 and a railway carriage for £20,000 with excellent holiday let returns (Telegraph Property) and with a bit of pressure on the council - a great, cheap, unusual and unique home..

Property Needing Renovation
Property Needing Renovation

4. Buy a Property That Needs Renovating

There are still plenty of places to buy an unusual property that needs some work doing to it. Of course, the major upside to a 'knackered house' is you can pick them up pretty cheap.

Watch out for expensive problems with your property renovation such as:

Subsidence (can be £10,000's)

Roof damage (can be £10,000's).

The next costly problems of refurbishing a home can be:

Rewiring (approx < £5,000)

Boiler problems (approx < £2,000)

Replacing doors/windows with double glazed versions (< £4,000).

Depending on where you live, it is possible to pick up a cheap property that needs renovating from:

www.rightmove.co.uk

www.renovatealerts.co.uk

Check the prices of house sales in the same road using www.houseprices.co.uk to make sure you are getting enough off the price of a decent example.

Property auction
Property auction

5. Go To A Property Auction!

Property auctions are not for the faint-hearted, but if you keep your wits about you, it is possible to snap up some complete property bargains. Make sure you attend a viewing beforehand, ask questions, get a survey and ensure that whoever is providing your mortgage can move quickly.

You will generally have to pay a 10% deposit as soon as you win, a £500 - £1000 auction fee (buyers premium) and complete within 4 weeks. Failure to comply can mean big problems...

The best places to find a property auction is:

www.rightmove.co.uk (Just search your area and in the filter section, select 'auction properties')

www.allsop.co.uk (National property auction)

What would be your favourite unusual home?

Unique Home
Unique Home

We'd love to know what type of property you'd like to live in!

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      cheekypunts 4 years ago

      Interesting selection, love the 'bus family'...must have saved a packet in mortagae repayments

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 4 years ago from Ozun

      how lovely is the eco-home...

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @juditpaton: Stunning little thing! Just need a field and a friendly planning department...

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      Justinleon LM 4 years ago

      You have done it well in conveying your thoughts and experiences.

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      MintySea 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @Justinleon LM: Thanks for the comment!

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @MintySea: no problem, glad you liked them!

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @cheekypunts: Yep - bit of creative thinking...saved the bucks!

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      BillyPilgrim LM 4 years ago

      Some unusual homes here! Something to think about...x

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @artdivision1 lm: Good shout - be a dramatic place to live - especially in a storm!

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @BillyPilgrim LM: Yeah, there are often plenty of alternatives instead of the obvious..

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      StewartClan 4 years ago

      There are lots of problems with buying land in the UK and moving a caravan on it, even if it is not a static caravan, when there is no planning permission. If a piece of land does have planning permission then usually it is a great deal more expensive. I am not too sure about bus homes or motor homes, but I think there is less the council can do about it! Thanks for this lens, very informative and what people need to read about with the current financial climate!

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      ruth-williams lm 4 years ago

      Great lens and some great houses. Makes me want to move somewhere exciting! :)

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @StewartClan: Too true, it seems you need to be fairly creative to live on land with no planning permission..be interested to hear from peol;le who have done it?

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @ruth-williams lm: Thanks! Go for it..!

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      ashleydomz 4 years ago

      Great lens. thanks for share I would prefer being in houseboat.

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @ashleydomz: Thanks - don't forget you can pick one up for £20k - £30k!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing - I would love a houseboat. Blessed!

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @KandH: Thanks for visiting..go for a nice dutch barge!

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      StMoores 4 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for the share, some great properties there

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @StMoores: Thanks - it looks like houseboats and log cabins are the current favs!

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      ashleydomz 4 years ago

      @Unusualhomes: Thanks a lot, Would contact you soon, just got one from Propsavvy, Will be back for one of these so stay in touch contact me @ ashleydomzz@gmail.com

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      Creativity in homes is likely to be increasingly necessary as we move forward. SquidAngel Blessings.

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      pod-living 4 years ago

      Micro living is a growing trend around the world. With populations growing and land becoming more expensive this is a trend that looks set to continue. It is also important that we change our building practices and choose more Eco friendly and sustainable methods during construction. Please see http;//www.ecopoddesign.co.uk for some great ideas.

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @bushaex: Thanks! I completely agree..there are some really amazing designs coming up check out the walking house http://www.n55.dk/MANUALS/WALKINGHOUSE/walkinghous...

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      Unusualhomes 4 years ago

      @pod-living: Completely agree and love your designs - brilliant!

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      topbuilderlist 3 years ago

      Be unique, go green but with proper ventilation is the best home design.

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      wjlambert lm 3 years ago

      I love to fix up old homes while living in them. I can't say the same for my wife. We're still living in the fixer-upper. I got it slightly better than livable, then ran out of money. Now the repairs are piecemeal. Fortunately I bought when real estate was low. I like the idea of the House Boat and the rent is usually pretty cheap if you can put up with the motion and dampness (again not my wife's preference)

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      SFRealtor 3 years ago

      I loved it...

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