To say that Europe has a rich and varied history is somewhat of an understatement.
From cave paintings that date back 35,000 years in Spain to more “recent” historic monuments like Rome’s Colosseum (it’s just 2,000 years old!), it’s a continent that is brimming with the echoes of the past.
And its buildings are no different…full of charm and traditional features, some of Europe’s historic homes make for unique places to spend time either part- or full-time.
Now, we’ve all seen the multi-million dollar chateaux in France or the period villas in the Tuscany countryside on listing websites (if you haven’t, go search for them, it’s fun to dream!), but you don’t need to spend a fortune to own your own little piece of European history.
Below, are three historic properties my research team and I found around Europe…with walls that probably tell some tall tales from down through the centuries, they all have a charm and uniqueness that only comes with older homes.
I haven’t personally visited or done any due diligence on any of the properties presented here. Always do your own due diligence before considering any real estate transaction.
Apartment in a Historic Palace in Italy
Listing for: €105,000 ($115,375)
It doesn’t get more historic than living in a former Italian palace. This 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment is part of a palace located in a small hamlet just outside of Menaggio on the western side of Lake Como. Not only do you get to live in a historic building, you’re also a short drive away from Italy’s most famous lake.
The palace overlooks a quiet central courtyard and there’s a stone arch at the entrance to the complex, giving it a dramatic flair. The apartment itself is on two levels and has a living room with original vaulted ceilings and a kitchen/dining area. A spiral staircase takes you to the upper level. The price includes all the furniture.
17th-Century Townhouse in France
Listing for: €211,000 ($231,870)
The town of Salies de Bearn is in the southwest corner of France, not far from the Spanish border (the Spanish city of Bilbao is just over a 2-hour drive away). It’s famous for its thermal waters and is also just an hour from one hour from the ski resorts of the Pyrenees
Right in the center of town is this 17th-century townhouse. Though it has a traditional exterior, the interior has been recently renovated to create a beautiful home, while also retaining some of the original features. It has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a fully fitted modern kitchen, a living room with the original fireplace and a wood beam ceiling and a dining room. Two of the bedrooms have access to a balcony that has views over this popular spa town.
Traditional village house in Spain
Listing for: €93,500 ($102,750)
If you’re looking for a traditional Spanish village home but don’t want to be too far away from the action, this home might be the one for you. It’s located in the village of Cutar, one of Spain’s white villages. But you’re just a 50-minute drive from the vibrant city of Malaga with its bars, restaurants, and international airport.
This 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom village house has a large open-plan kitchen/dining/living room area. The living room area has an Italian free-standing wood burning stove and it has some traditional Moorish features like thick stone walls, original wood beams, and terracotta floor tiles. There’s a small area at the front of the house with enough room to sit and watch the world go by.