What can you buy for $1M across Australia

NOT so long ago, a $1 million budget would’ve been the envy of property hunters across the country.

While national housing affordability is now a major watercooler issue, a quick trawl through listings for sale by Australasia’s biggest property group on raywhite.com reveals a large number of surprising properties available to purchase at around that magic $1 million mark.

From beachfront apartments to rural hideaways, $1 million can secure a vast variety of homes when the search parameters are widened to include beautiful regional pockets.

Denmark is one of Western Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, and only 6kms from town is this 6.7ha bush retreat (above) at 100 Church Rd.

The four-bedroom, two-bathroom north-facing home overlooks garden and farmland in the Denmark River valley.

With a three-bay garage, lock-up workshop, storage shed, small dam and a 92,000l water tank, this property is on the market for just shy of $1 million, at $985,000.

If water views are on the wish list, then this recently sold Tasmanian beachside home (above) would have been a great option.

Less than 100m from Howrah Beach, across the River Derwent to Hobart, 32 Silwood Ave was listed for offers in the mid-$900,000s.

The renovated four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is located in a tightly held cul-de-sac.

A healthy Gold Coast market has benefited from a strong local economy related to Commonwealth Games infrastructure, and recent price growth has been substantial.

If the bright lights of the glitter strip are an enticing prospect, a $1 million purse will still go a fair way, but you’ve got to aim high.

A two-bedroom, two-bathroom high-rise apartment at Broadbeach (above) is available to purchase for $1,048,000.

The north-east facing turnkey property at 2502, The Oracle 1 has impressive coastal, city and river views.

Extensive residential facilities include function rooms, an in-house theatre, outdoor and indoor pools, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, saunas and steam rooms, and a private wine locker.

For a similar price, an almost completed two bedroom apartment just 3kms from Sydney’s CBD is on the market.

It’s located in Erskineville’s new One A complex, which is part of a master-planned precinct featuring shops, cafes and parkland.

The $1,050,000 home at A401/1A Coulson St (above) also comes with a garage space.

Just a short stroll into the heart of Victoria’s seaside town of Rye is this stunning 817sq m property.

The four-bedroom, two-bathroom Mornington Peninsula weatherboard home (above) is surrounded by landscaped gardens, while a garage or guest retreat with a mezzanine area is at the rear.

A price guide of $850,000 – $930,000 for 28 Strathmore St will leave plenty of spare change to invest in surfing lessons at the nearby beach.

Breaking the $1 million barrier but worth every penny of the $1,175,000 asking price is this historic villa (above), around 14kms north-west of Adelaide, at 14 South Tce.

The 917sq m property is located at Semaphore, a family-friendly seaside suburb with century-old buildings, quirky cafes and regular community events.

Just a few steps to the esplanade, this grand five bedroom residence has a solid bluestone façade, Victorian finishes, wine cellar, huge formal lounge, fireplaces, a teenagers’ retreat and off-street parking for three vehicles.