|Islands off the coast (or in rivers or lakes) of Scotland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are surprisingly cheap. Some, with residences on, could quite easily and reasonably be got for under $100000 per couple, with a few couples sharing one huge residence and a few having separate cottages. Presumably the reason for this surprising cheapness is that most people need to be able to live somewhere where they can earn money, and islands aren't conducive to employment. But surely there are enough people who are independently wealthy who want such things? Maybe not. Maybe it's only the low-income dreamers like me who want to have an island to ourselves (possibly shared with friends).|
On a related note, I don't want an ordinary house. Houses are boring and never shaped how I want them to be, and all their sockets are poorly arranged, and such. Hence, I want a house built for me... Or perhaps I want to Build my own house, possibly underground. Or a mix of that and overseeing contractors for the tricky bits.
Still, interesting that you can get a 300-acre island for about the same price as a flat in central London. Must get one of these eventually. Or soon... Soon, and for the rest of your life.
Incidentally, why don't people build homes in a very lazy way, such as, to pick an example at random from my head, buying a few second-hand semi-trailers, and burying them side-by-side to form an instant waterproof underground house, requiring only the fairly simple additional of plumbing, electrics, and ventilation? Presumably it's the same insanity that has people paying $20000 extra for a house if it has a big square of weeds that require constant tedious annoying maintenance.