10 of the Best Ugly-Duckling Homes Under $350K

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In our current market, it’s often hard to find anything in the major cities across the country for less than a million dollars.

However, there are still some properties on realestate.com.au that you can get your hands on for less than $350,000. They definitely aren’t the homes you’d see featured in the glossy interior design magazines, but with a bit of TLC, they could polish up quite nicely.

Wippa and doctor

Graduate doctor Stephanie is on the hunt for a new home, minus the orange kitchen… Picture: Al Richardson

Here are ten bargain ugly-duckling homes for under $350K.

1. Buyer blues

19/8 Hythe Street Mount Druitt, NSW 2770

We’ve got the buyer blues looking at the walls in 19/8 Hythe Street Mount Druitt, NSW. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

Listed with a price guide of $340,000 – $360,000, the two-bedroom apartment is a good indication of what’s left at this price point in Sydney. 

2. Pretty in pink

9 Hogarth Street Waverley, Tas 7250

The kitchen at 9 Hogarth Street Waverley, Tas is a vision in pink. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

On the market for $158,000, this home in Launceston suburb Waverley is a barg-ain! And the kitchen, while very pink, looks serviceable enough.

3. Clashing mania

39 William Street, VIC is calling for a neutral makeover. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

Patterns can be great, but not when they clash. This living room at 39 William Street, Korumburra features floral curtains that don’t quite gel with the patterned carpet.

However, for $299,000 it wouldn’t be a deal breaker to fix this up.

4. Millenial pastels

Millenial pink never looked so…good? Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

At 6 Karo Street, Inala in Queensland, each room features a fun shade of millennial pastel.

Located just under half an hour away from Brisbane CBD, this three-bedder is $327,000.

This could be a very fun makeover for a new homeowner ready to roll up their sleeves for some hard work – hopefully the pastels can stay.

5. Sculpture art

A kangaroo and a bird with its eggs might be your new housemates. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

You could only hope that buying 408 Distillery Road, Monash in South Australia for $254,000 meant you also got to keep the sculptures that decorate the front yard.

Not only does the front of the house feature these straw sculptures of a kangaroo and a bird of some sort, but there’s also a stone crocodile sitting at the water feature.

6. Custom artwork

The artistry of the smiley face is highly sophisticated. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

For $285,000 this two-bedroom home with custom artwork on the walls could be yours.

Sure, it may be tagged by local graffiti artists, but 25 George Street in Belmont, WA can be demolished and rebuilt on a well-positioned plot of land just 10km from Perth’s CBD.

7. Minty fresh

There is a lot going on in this kitchen and dining area. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

This is one way to wake yourself up in the morning when you go to have some breakfast.

A mint coloured kitchen and dining at 114 Chapman Street, Swan Hill in Victoria is covered from floor-to-ceiling in the bold paint colour which is paired with patterned tiles.

This three-bedroom home is just $190,000.

8. Retro bathroom

This bathroom is bubble gum pink. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

Be transported back in time with this pink porcelain bathroom with retro tiling.

49 Bletchington Street is located in the stunning country town of Orange In New South Wales and is on the market for under $350,000.

9. Not a Masterchef’s kitchen

The kitchen layout is not functional at this home. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

The prize for the strangest kitchen layout has to go to 5 Allardyce Avenue in Goodwood, Tasmania.

The separate stovetop and oven in the corner could make cooking that bit more stressful when preparing a feast.

It is on the market for offers over $295,000.

10. Funky town

Purple house

Demolish or restore? The decision is a tough one. Picture: realestate.com.au/buy

OK, so the little-known suburb of Collie (en route to the Margaret River) may have a ways to go before we see gentrification drive house prices up, but 123 Witternoom Street in Collie, WA definitely needs some TLC, but for just $29,000 this colourful home could be yours.

It will just be a tough decision deciding whether or not to keep the pink fireplace.