In recent times, it’s become a lot tougher to break into the housing market, even though here in South Australia, we’re one of the most affordable, liveable states in Australia.
However, if you’re looking to snag a bargain, love a fixer-upper or you’re looking to make the most of the rural life, then boy do we have a choice of properties for you.
From the ‘motivated seller’ to the ‘renovator’s dream’, we’ve lined up some of the most affordable buys across the state.
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Coober Pedy is first home buyer’s heaven, especially with this fixer-upper. Not sure if it’s a house or a shed, but she’s got plenty of fly screens, which is a big tick.
This beauty is a brilliantly located, solid and well built two-bedroom home in a lovely quiet area close to shops, hospital and school, situated only 2.5kms from the town centre.
With an open-plan air conditioned kitchen/dining/lounge room, the place has been fitted out with new carpet and vinyl flooring, as well as a good sized bathroom with a separate toilet.
The freehold block is 1000+ square metres and fully fenced with scenic views to the north. With a price drop since we last checked in on this property, it makes it a hard one to resist.
This lovely little furnished bungalow is spacious and move-in ready, boasting three bedrooms, a bathroom, parking and garage space galore.
With a verandah and sunroom, the light and bright property has big windows for year-round enjoyment. The kitchen is fitted out with gas, plenty of cupboard space and a rainwater tank, plus some pleasant views overlooking the road.
Situated close to the Stuart Highway, and fully fenced in, this property could be your avenue into the housing market, and your chance to soak up the Aussie Outback.
This two bedroom is a great pick for someone looking for a hands-on project.
The open plan living area gives access to both bedrooms, as well as the laundry and bathroom area. The laundry’s back door provides access to the shower alcove, with a hand basin and separate toilet.
With the front verandah semi-enclosed, you can get creative and use it as a carport or outdoor entertaining area.
A vehicle pit with a storage bunker could be a must for all you budding mechanics out there, with a place to tinker on the car. The fenced in property could be the property of your dreams with a little imagination and the willingness to get your hands dirty.
Where is Coober Pedy?
This is what the internet has to say about Coober Pedy: The last frontier‚ cosmopolitan‚ outback‚ all these words are used to describe the dusty outback town of Coober Pedy‚ but perhaps the simplest is ‘unique’.
Located on the Sturt Highway‚ in the arid centre of the state‚ Australia’s largest opal mining town is perhaps as well known for the unusual underground accommodation favoured by its residents as for its opals.
The dugouts‚ as they are known‚ enable miners and their families to escape from the searing summer heat above ground. Most are as large as conventional houses and furnished in the same manner.
The world ‘dwelling’ might leave you a little bit hesitant with this listing, but who can resist a bargain with two bedrooms, a bathroom, vibrant painted walls, and a shaded verandah.
There’s even some furniture included, so you’ll be all set for to move in. With a short walk to the main street and shops, and only a couple of kilometres to just about anywhere in town (hospital, shops, schools, parks), you’ll be able to familiarise yourself with the local community in no time.
Anywhere with a large yard and hills hoist clothesline has our tick of approval
On the upper scale of our list of bargains, this next stop in Peterborough is still a ripper find.
With (up to) three main bedrooms, or the option to turn one into a separate dining room or study, there’s a good sized lounge, reverse cycle air conditioner, entrance hallway and an updated bathroom with (squeal!) inside toilet.
With all the luxuries and classic seventies-style fake wood panelling in roughly three different tones, there’s also a large backyard, an outside workshop, shed, storage shed, bird aviaries, chook run and extensive paving along the front and back.
Where is Peterborough?
This is what the internet has to say about Peterborough: Peterborough is a historic railway town on the main south-eastern approach to the Flinders Ranges.
It is a popular stop for travellers en route to the ranges or heading north to the Territory or across to Western Australia.
The town was originally called Petersburg after Peter Doecke who was the original selector of the land that the town was set up on. The name was changed in response to the patriotic passions aroused during World War One.
If you ever wanted a project, this could be it. Situated on a large block with frontage to the Eyre Highway, the property is located within walking distance of most of life’s necessities.
It is close to shopping, fuel and hospital facilities, and if that isn’t enough you can pass the day by planning how you are going to achieve your vision of turning the project into House and Garden’s next front cover.
If you like a challenge this is without doubt a big one. Two bedrooms and one bathroom and room for 10 cars.
Where is Kimba?
This is what the internet has to say about Kimba: “Halfway across Australia”, Kimba is home to an eight-metre-high Big Galah, an award-winning hotel and a fascinating historical museum.
Kimba is also the eastern gateway to the spectacular Gawler Ranges offering travellers open spaces and outback solitude. A wheat growing area since 1908, Kimba is a commercial centre for South Australia’s central wheat-belt area. Wheat and barley are exported‚ with oats and other crops also grown, and supported by sheep.)
So who’s dreaming and crunching numbers now?
Let us know if you find another under $50,000 gem in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list.
This substantial stone villa-style residence is situated on a substantial corner site, with valuable rear access to the property.
A great project for the handyman or renovator, the large home has three bedrooms and bathrooms, and with a little TLC should respond well to upgrading.
The house has all the features you would expect in a home of this style – high ceilings, great wooden floors and original fireplaces. Rural bliss at its best.
Where is Brinkworth?
This is what the internet has to say about Brinkworth: Built at Magpie Creek in 1892, today it serves as a centre for grain producers (mainly wheat and barley) and prime lamb producers. Historically a junction on the Gladstone Railway to Adelaide, the other thoroughfare from Brinkworth went through Snowtown to Kadina and Wallaroo.
About 30km North of the major regional town of Clare, it has a population of approximately 400.
Avenues of native trees flank both the road and rail entrances into the town, welcoming visitors to the friendly little community, named after early landowner George Brinkworth.
This very affordable home hosts three bedrooms, one bath, and a good sized family room with a slow combustion wood heater. Did we mention the bath? What a bargain!
With solar panels, you can make the most of the sunshine to aid in your energy bills, and soak it up yourselves too in the big backyard – perfect for families and pets.
On a quiet street, and just around the corner from local shops, the block is a whopping 969m2 – now that’s value for money.
Where is Kalangadoo?
This is what the internet has to say about Kalangadoo: Home to the renowned Kalangadoo organic orchard, Kalangadoo is a located about 348 kilometres south-east of Adelaide.
The Aboriginal word means “big trees in water”, and the town grew around the railway station on the Mount Gambier railway line between Naracoorte and Mount Gambier that opened in 1887.
The now unused railway station is host to a small museum, and the locality includes a farm supply store, a pub, a general store and a timber mill.
The flourishing agricultural district specialises in potatoes and timber, as well as sheep and cattle.
If you’re in need of a holiday home, or a small unit just for yourself, this on-site cabin in the Goolwa Tourist Park could be the way to go.
With close proximity to the Goolwa Wharf Markets and nearby local towns like Port Elliot and Victor Harbour, the corner site may look small but can sleep up to seven. It’s even got a living room, bathroom and front verandah.
The park has two heated swimming pools, a basketball court, and a children’s playground.
Where is Goolwa?
This is what the internet has to say about Goolwa: At the mouth of the Murray River on Lake Alexandrina, Goolwa is 83 kilometres south of Adelaide and 19 kilometres from Victor Harbour.
The name “Goolwa” means “elbow” in the local Aboriginal language and was known as “The Elbow” to early settlers.
Goolwa today is a popular tourist town, with a number of boats operating from its historic wharf. In 1935 a permanent barrage was constructed between the peninsula and Hindmarsh Island.
The area hosts a unique blend of historic attractions, cafes, and stunning scenery.
With even the real estate agents sceptical on its fixability, this house is going dirt-cheap in the town of Port Pirie.
With little info about the house itself, and the main selling point being the double iron garage at the rear, we aren’t quite sure about the house either – but it’s a foot in the door nonetheless.
Where is Port Pirie?
This is what the internet has to say about Port Pirie: The Port Pirie region nestles between the waters of the Spencer Gulf and the spectacular Southern Flinders Ranges, and the city is the 6thmost populous in South Australia.
The area was originally named Samuel’s Creek after the discovery of Muddy Creek by Samuel Germein, but was later renamed Port Pirie Creek in 1846 by Governor Robe after the John Pirie, the first vessel to navigate the creek.
The small city is now the site of the world’s largest lead smelter, which also produces refined silver, zinc, copper and gold.