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5 International residential investment regions to watch

By Phil Butler | December 30, 2014

For the investor or second home buyer out there with worldly aspirations, the oyster or Earth's property possibilities still contains many pearls. From Crete to Crimea and many an unsung paradise in between, here's 5 property buys looking for just the right investor in 2015.

Balos Lagoon

Plage de Balos en Crète© Cyril PAPOT

Kissamos on Crete - A Plot of Heaven

If you've never visited the land of the ancient Minoans, Crete will astound those of you who revel in friendly places. Not only is Crete a wonderland of fabulously genuine people, but the island holds a special brand of nature meets cultural value. The new visitor always is stunned by the simple majesty of this place, and quite often the tourist ends up being the local. Some visitors, they never leave the island, you see. Investment wise, there are more "deals" on this island than any we've found so far.

Courtesy Euroland Crete

Courtesy Euroland Crete

Not far from the city center of Kissamos in the west, Euroland Crete has listed this fabulous plot of land. A bike ride or walk to the fabulous beaches nearby, an olive grove overlooks a spectacle fit for any sore eyes. I know, I've been exactly to this spot not a stone's throw from legendary Balos Lagoon (top image). The plot is 7000 square meters (about 1-73 acres) of gently sloping land with utilities and road access.  25 minutes from Chania to the east, this part of Crete is a wonderland of nature and quant village life.

Priced at €62,000 euro, I'm considering buying the plot myself actually. (seriously) The plot is just outside a small village, it's 56 kilometers from Chania's city center, 1 km from the nearest beach and shops. For those interested, Euroland Crete builds some of the finest custom villas on the island, and I've got friends who contract similarly. Please let me know.

Cityscape of Sochi© logos2012

Cityscape of Sochi© logos2012

Sochi: The Russian Resort Value

Before the Sochi Olympics mainstream media in the west went on a tyrade, telling us of the gloom and doom that would follow the games. Interestingly, the only disaster of Sochi turned out to be the tilted reports of stray dogs and Russian mobsters. Trust me, I know a lot about what is really in Sochi, versus rumors of international detente battles. Our PR firm worked closely with officials and with independent photographers there in Krasnodarskiy Kray, and this part of Russia is booming even with the recent rouble instability. In fact, exchange rates will convert well in dollars, euros, and pounds buy more value there. One example, I found just querying real estate agencies I know of.

Situated in a private gated, guarded village, a recluse of villa homes is smack in the middle of an amazing wildlife area boasts of unique value. With dramatic panoramic views of the wilderness, the city, and the Black Sea, minutes from the snowcapped peaks that line this section of the Russian Riviera, this is a great investment property find. The project villa has 7 landscaped acres, with a list price 0f just over $730,000 dollars. Here is the layout of the model villa seen above:

  • First level: living room, kitchen dining room with access to the terrace, living room, guest bedroom, dressing room, sauna, c / a, boiler
  • Second level are three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, walk-in closet
  • Third lever roof terrace

For those interested, you may want to contact Victor Bulankov via this link.

Alaro finca

Historic Finca near Alaro - Courtesy Mallorca Finca

Balearic Islands Luxury Fincas

A tourist haven since the Bronze Age, the largest of the Balearic Islands is Mallorca. Situated to the south and east of Spain, these islands are a picture-scape of natural beauty, with an ideal climate year round. Since before the Iron Age everyone who ever visited these specks of paradise in the south of Europe wanted a piece of them. The Romans, Phoenecians, then the Moors and later millionaires and Arch Dukes and Kings have sought a place in the Mediterranean sun here. For the investor today though, the fact property like one finds here never really loses value, it's a paramount reason to investigate. With a focus on the "finca" (small estate), here's one of many finds that may interest.

Historisches Anwesen aus dem 13. Jahrhundert in Alaro from Mallorca Finca on Vimeo.

An historic property known as Son Fuster is near the idyllic secluded village of Alaro. Access to this magnificent property of 54 acres is via a small paved residential street that leads to the country manor you see above. The main house dates back to the 13th Century, built to typically substantial Mallorca standards. The sprawling 1220 square meters of living space encompasses the main and guest house with a total of 8 bedrooms and 8 baths. Within this compound there's a carport with spaces for 8 cars, stables, and orchard, pool, and indoor and outdoor BBQ areas, just to mention some of the amenities. The video above shows the property off well.

Listed at €6.5 million euro, this "one of" estate on Mallorca is certain to gain value. For those interested, you may contact Mallorca Finca via phone at +34 971 394 510 or by Email at [email protected].


Mulberry Park Heights - Courtesy Capital Value

Dubai and Mohammed Bin Rashid City

Despite all rumors to the contrary, Dubai continues to boom. The most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, a veritable oasis paradise, Dubai is a living, breathing work of architectural art. Having just been awarded the World Expo 2020 for its bid, the city is a transformative landscape on the Persian Gulf. From an investment standpoint, house and property prices in Dubai have shown  predicted value increases of from 35 to 40% or more. While these estimates seem a bit high, in 2013 alone house prices went up by 20%, so the lesser potential seems a realistic projection. Also, according to the Dubai Land Department, Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, by the end of may 2014 some 26.650 real estate transactions will be conducted with a total investment value of some €20 billion plus euros. Amid this money landscape, Mohammed Bin Rashid City and new projects such as "Dubai Hills," they bear special scrutiny.

Mulberry at Park Heights - Capital Value

Mulberry at Park Heights - Capital Value

With a more finite focus in mind, looking at developments like Mulberry Park Heights diversified luxury possibility. Situated within the greater exclusive surrounds of Dubai Hills, this modern residential complex consists of 330 luxurious apartments with one to three rooms. With large terraces and balconies overlooking the extraordinary surrounds, these 70 to 150 square meter apartments offer proximity, luxurious comfort, and access to the new Dubai lifestyle. Families have access to the best schools in Dubai, world class sporting activities, unequalled shopping and leisure activities, and more. These first-of-their-kind homes also offer these features:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Jogging and bicycle tracks
  • Tennis academy
  • Shopping mall
  • Nearby Hotels
  • Schools
  • A Multipurpose hall
  • Healthcare & fitness facilities
  • Children’s play areas and family spaces

For more information on pricing, a prospectus, and detailed Dubai investing counselling, please contact Gabriele Lenguwin at Capital Value S.A. via phone at: +352 2837 1918 or via Email at: [email protected]

San Martín de los Andes - via Albasmalko

San Martín de los Andes - via Albasmalko

Patagonia and the Argentinian Andes

The financial crunch and the recent default in Argentina has created a buyer's market extraordinary in this Latin American country of diversity. Home prices have dropped to near all time lows, and even though there are risks involved, fabulous property investing deals are at hand. Focusing on one region, San Martin de los Andes at the foot of the Andes, reveals some of the world's most awesome properties there for the taking. If you know nothing of Patagonia, you've probably missed out on a universe of cultural, nature, and sporting wonders.

Andes skiing

Nearby ski pistes near San Martín. Lanín volcano in the background. - courtesy Chapelco

Unbelievable mountain vistas, and a view out over the fabulous Lolog's Lake, highlight this fabulous estate just 12 km northwest of the city of San Martin de los Andes (image above). 860 square meters and 7 bedrooms highlight a technical list of features of a home where every bedroom features spectacular views. Other features of this home include:

  • 2 living rooms with a large stone built fireplace
  • Adjacent guest cottage
  • 3 full baths with and additional in the cottage
  • Landscaped grounds including fruit trees
  • A garage, storage, and utility buildings
  • Dock (below)and picnic area

The home's dock - courtesy Sotheby's

This part of Argentina is a perfect year round living region with ski activities (as above) in Winter, and some of the country's best fish9ing and outdoor exploring activities abounding in Summer. The home lists for $3 million dollars. Interested investors may contact Sotheby's International realty about the property via their website here.


Phil Butler is a former engineer, contractor, and telecommunications professional who is editor of several influential online media outlets including part owner of Pamil Visions with wife Mihaela. Phil began his digital ramblings via several of the world’s most noted tech blogs, at the advent of blogging as a form of journalistic license. Phil is currently top interviewer, and journalist at Realty Biz News.
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