I have been doing some research and I am thinking I would like to settle in Central Portugal or the Alentejo area.
I would like:
A rural area, eg just outside a village
A village/small town with some amenities, eg shop, café and market say within 10km (I saw a property on line a few weeks ago where the village was 1km away - walking distance to the café - and the larger town was 6km away, with weekly markets in the village and the town)
A minimum of 2 bedrooms
A large garden or a bit of land
Close to river beaches
Close to hiking/walking trails (not so important as I could walk in the area I lived if it is a rural area)
A detached property that only requires a bit of cosmetic tidying and not a full refurbishment - lots of the property I have seen looks abandoned and derelict! Must have electric and water and the possibility of broadband! (though from living in rural Somerset for 15years I realise asking for broadband may be a step too far!!)
The important bit! A maximum budget of £50,000!
I was going to do a few visits to look at different areas with a view to buying straight away, but I am now thinking it may be best to rent for 6months (I'm going to watch the renting/buying webinar next) and travel different areas, but I am conscious that renting would be also eating into my budget. Once I have a property sorted out I can live frugally on a shoestring...
But fundamentally my wish list would remain the same - is it unrealistic?? 😔