The article compares the price of entire “castles” in various cities in France to 1-3 bedroom units in or near Sydney, Australia.
The term castle appears to be somewhat of a misnomer, but certainly the French properties are “castles” compared to the single units.
The US word would more likely be estate or mansion rather than castle.
- I show text and images of 4 of the 10 comparisons in the article.
- The first image in each set is the price of the entire building in France.
- The second image in each set is the price for a single unit in Australia.
- The prices appear to be Australian dollars, not US dollars.
- The conversion rates from euros in each French listing is inaccurate.
For example the first image below says €422,940 or $597,184. My calculation says AU $654,070 or $502,060 US dollars. The rest of the images are similarly wrong.
This picture-perfect five-bedroom mansion in Picardie near the town of Abbeville is less than 200kms from Paris. It is on more than 6000sq m of land and features a billiard room and grand cellar.
Cronulla Australia — $620,000+
Poitou France — $667,146 (€472,500)
There are nine bedrooms in this grand chateau in the Poitou Charentes region of south western France. It has 1610sq m of landscaped gardens, ceiling medallions, a rotunda dining room, a conservatory and a circular kitchen.
Campsie Australia — $689,000+
In the heart of Campsie on Sixth Ave, a three-bedroom unit in this plain Jane unit block has parking, built-in wardrobes and two balconies.
Vienne France — $732,801 (€519,000)
This elaborate chateau near Vienne has 14 bedrooms, seven reception rooms, a pool, a chapel, a kitchen garden a double-length drawing room and library all on a 1.4ha estate.
Zetland Australia — $760,000+
Picardie France — $972,833 (€689,000)
Just 138kms from Paris, this manor house in La Fere has nine bedrooms, a wine bar, disco, cinema, library and cellar inside, and out the back there is a pool, pool house, sauna, nine-hole golf course and petanque area.
Elizabeth Bay Australia — $999,000+
With a million-dollar price tag, this one-bedroom apartment, has no parking and no balcony, but the Elizabeth Bay apartment on Onslow Ave is all about location, location, location.
$1,000,000 for one bedroom, no parking, and no balcony vs. a 9 bedroom manor house with a pool, pool house, sauna, nine-hole golf course and petanque area.
I had to look that up. Pétanque (French pronunciation: [petɑ̃k] is a form of boules where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally “piglet”) or jack, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground. The current form of the game originated in 1907 in La Ciotat, in Provence, France.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock