It sits on an 1800 square metre lot (19,375.2 Square Feet), and is listed at 328,600.00 Euros (471,900.68 Canadian Dollars).
Compare to this house in Vancouver listed for $459k on a 3267 sq. ft. lot
For a piddling $12k more you get ~16,000 square feet more lot, and a pool with the French house. But as exvancouverite points out;
Unfortunately, a 'job' market exists only in Vancouver. Don't know how people managed to survive for centuries before that, but apparently, now, you have to live in Vancouver to be able to scratch a living on this planet.
Now I realize that it is not entirely fair to compare the French place to the Vancouver place (apples to apples), but what is it that makes Vancouver so much more worthy? Besides the Olympics, the mountains and Sam Sullivan? And, it would be an horrendous commute, but...? Further, you can only get pommes de terre frites (those pesky French Fries) there, and no Freedom Fries for 5,000 miles.
For a more pomme a l'orange comparison closer to home, let's look at the OMA listing compared to the place on Euclid.
OMA condo - 647 sq. ft. for $325,900. $502.21/sq. ft of living space. No yard to enjoy (or maintain), and you can almost trick yourself that you are living in NYC. You will receive mail at One Madison Avenue.
The place on Euclid is 1500 sq. ft. of living space (plus ~1800sq. ft. of yard)listed at $459k - or $306/sq. ft. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom in the basement that could be turned into a suite for a mortgage helper. One could probably turn the garage into a coach house as well, so there is a lot of potential for densification. Granted the yard needs to be maintained, but even if you don't have the inclination (or strength) to do that, you can pay someone about $100/month to do it for you, which would cost about $600-$700/year (to cover the growing season). The condo fees at OMA are $130/month ($1560/year). So no grass to cut, or leaves to rake, but no yard to relax in, have a BBQ, etc. Who would want to live like that? Plus, the condo is a depreciating asset, one has to deal with strata rules, neighbours in very close proximity, future assessments for repairs, and so on.
OK , so with the house you have to re-roof every 25 years. Presently that will cost about $6k-$7k. Amortized over 25 years, add another $280/year to own the house. It still comes in significantly less per year to maintain the house. The only real difference would be in the property taxes, but with all else considered, with the house you still have about $600/year less in maintenance to apply to the extra taxes.
What is the upside to the condo?