When we talk about house prices in Australia, the $1 million benchmark, representing the dream property, has basically come and gone. Nowadays, even just to get a start on the property ladder, you’re looking at signing onto a mortgage over half a million dollars.

But in the commercial real estate market, it would appear that you can still get your foot in the door without hitting those astronomical price levels.

Whether that’s taking on your own small business, investing in an inner city car space, or even living out the Aussie dream of running your own country pub; here’s what you can still buy for less than $100,000 around Australia.

An island cafe

Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island$90,000
Hotel / Leisure

It might seem like an incredibly rare find, but for $90,000 you can get yourself an established cafe on the picturesque Norfolk Island of NSW.

The popular local cafe has recently been renovated to be more open and modern, and is centrally located in the island’s main shopping precinct (if you don’t mind the two-hour journey to fly there from the mainland).

The café, with up to 80 square metres, also features an ice creamery to the side which is quite popular with the after-school rush.

A pub in country Victoria

Railway, Boort
Railway, Boort$98,000
Hotel / Leisure , 2000 sqm

The iconic country pub has a special place in many Australians hearts. So it’s no surprise you might have heard a friend say “I’d love to own my own pub one day”, or maybe you’ve even said so yourself.

Well here’s your opportunity; this circa 1914 pub on the foreshore of Little Lake Boort in Boort, Victoria, offers five cold beers on tap, a drive-thru bottle shop, restaurant, TAB, accommodation and a function room all on 2000-square-metres — the ideal first pub really.

With a price tag of $98,000, the sale is only for the 14-year lease, not the property itself, but it still keeps the dream alive.

A ready-to-go coffee van

Hotel / Leisure

If you’ve had enough of working for the man, then you can jump straight into the driver’s seat and be your own boss with this coffee van business for sale for $59,900 including GST.

Enjoy your time on your own clock, roaming around the coastal countryside of Warrnambool, Victoria, with a steady customer base from Monday to Friday. After hours, pop the surfboard on top for a duck down to the beach.

An inner city office space

215/1 Queens road, South Melbourne
215/1 Queens road, South Melbourne$80,000
Offices , 17 sqm

While only small, this office space is located in a prominent business precinct in South Melbourne.

At 17 square metres, you can get yourself or a small team started on your next business venture or start-up.

The office is a part of the St Kilda Rd Towers complex with parking, shared boardroom, concierge, kitchen, gym, bar, and restaurants all located on site. It’ll set you back $80,000 excluding GST.

Your own hotel investment

181/64 PALM MEADOWS DRIVE, Carrara
181/64 PALM MEADOWS DRIVE, Carrara$82,000
Other , 4952.00 sqm

It may just be a hotel room, but located in Carrara halfway between the beaches and the hinterland of the glittering Gold Coast, this could be the ‘set and forget’ investment you’re after – for $82,000 excluding GST.

Run by Accor Group and Mercure Gold Coast Resort, they’ll take care of the letting and bookings while you plan your own discounted stay.

The resort facilities include a swimming pool, gym, sauna, spa, four beautiful tennis courts, restaurants and bars.

Boutique cafe

Bondi Junction
Bondi Junction$75,000

Our insatiable appetite for coffee shows no sign of slowing down, so whether you want to get started on your own cafe business or simply see the potential of a good investment, the leasehold of a 68-square-metre cafe in Bondi Junction, NSW, for $75,000 is sure to be of interest.

Situated at the base of a 20-storey apartment building and close to a large transport interchange, foot traffic should be no problem at all.

Sydney car space

360 Harris Street, Pyrmont
360 Harris Street, Pyrmont$42,000 - $42,888
Parking / Car Space

We’ve all read the parking space stories that make the news every 12 months or so. “Car space sells for as much as a one-bedroom apartment”, the headlines normally read.

But investing in a car space really doesn’t have to be that bad. This 15-square-metre car space, in Pyrmont near Sydney’s Darling Harbour is currently for sale for $42,000 to $42,888 plus GST.


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