A series of insanely cheap, insanely beautiful homes in Sweden have gone viral, complete with saunas, swimming pools and stunning views.
The homes, all of which can be picked up for less than $150,000, were posted to X on Sunday and racked up more than six million views in two days as people marvelled at their very low price tags.
But there is a catch — though the homes are beautiful, they are in extremely isolated parts of Sweden. At least one of the properties sees a winter so harsh, residents could not feasibly live there year-round.
The first home, a small, stunning one-bedroom house in Hässleholm, a tiny town in southern Sweden, features floor-to-ceiling windows and jaw-dropping hillside views. It is one of five buildings included in the sale, alongside a guest cabin, side building and two sheds, all of which can be picked up for just 975000 Swedish kronor (A$138,000).
The home, complete with a sauna and greenhouse, is described in its listing as a holiday or “leisure” house, meaning it’s typically only used in the summertime and may have very limited infrastructure in winter, when the average minimum temperature in Hässleholm plummets to -4C.
The second home, a four-bedroom 1920s house listed for just 450,000 kronor (A$64,000), features “high ceilings and large, beautiful windows that let in plenty of daylight”. The home, which appeared to be a former school or boarding house, is described as “perfect” for business-owners or hobbyists, given it is within walking distance of stores, schools and restaurants and has a large basement.
Though it appears to be a year-round residence and has “environmentally friendly heating during the colder months”, the home is located in Hällefors, 3.5 hours from Stockholm, where the average temperature falls to -9C in February.
The third home, a beautiful waterside, two-bedroom cottage on the western bank of the Ångerman River in Kramfors, recently sold for just 1,100,000 kronor (A$150,000). The listing photos show a small and stunning home surrounded by forest on the edge of the river, complete with a jetty to launch into the cool, blue water.
The town of 5990 people is renowned for its stunning High Coast landscape, which has been given World Heritage status, but sees only four to five hours of daylight in the winter.
The final home that captured the internet’s attention was a charming 1.5-storey villa built in 1915, which featured a bright blue swimming pool and several decks on which to soak up the summer sun. Though it has a cozy fireplace, the 995,000-krona (A$141,000) home is in Skärvgatan on the Vänern lake, where the temperature plunges well below freezing between December and February.
Despite the drawbacks of cold, harsh Swedish winters — which may be countered by mild, 19-hour summer days between June and August — many X users were enthralled by the picturesque properties.
“So … I can afford a house??? All I have to do is fly to the best country on earth?” one person joked.
“90k is nothing for a house this gorgeous,” marvelled another.
“I need to move to Sweden,” concurred a third.
Others, however, were more realistic about life in rural Scandinavia.
“I’m sure you will find houses somewhere in the US for similar prices. These are not Stockholm prices,” wrote one.
“Now show photos of them in winter,” probed a second.
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