List Price: ¥18,000,000
Real Estate Agent Brokerage Fee: 3% + ¥66,000 + JCT (10%)
Akiya & Inaka Support Fee: ¥360,000 + JCT (10%)
Nagara, Hidden Gem of Chiba
Chiba Prefecture has many notable destinations, such as Minami-Boso, Kujukuri, or Isumi. Many of these destinations are known for their surf, and are very popular amongst young and old alike as a weekend getaway.
But that’s not all that Chiba has to offer! The Nagara district is an excellent example of the opportunities being overlooked for the glitz of the established big names.
Excitingly, we’ve recently integrated with the municipal government of Nagara and their akiya department. They were kind enough to bring us out to view one of their many spectacular properties!
Tucked deep into the outskirts of Nagara-cho, this property is quite removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. It bears noting that Nagara itself has no train station, and buses are scarce, so before going any further know that if you do not own a car, this property is difficult to reach.
With that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff! This house was built some 30 years ago by a then-recently retired couple, predominantly using imported Swedish lumber. It has remained in the original owners hands for its entire life, and they have done a spectacular job of keeping the property in excellent condition. They have also made a number of additions on the original structure.
The main building has 2 stories, the first containing the kitchen, bathroom, and living quarters. The kitchen is admittedly a bit tight, but aside from that it is perfectly functional. The toilet and bath are separated, and while the toilet is just about what you’d imagine, the bath has a spacious entryway, and features stained-glass windows.
The second floor contains the bedroom, which is a cozy affair nestled into the angled roof. Across from the bedroom there is a sizable storage space that looks out onto the expansive rice fields that surround the property.
Main Floor Plan
Experience the Elements in Chiba
In front of the house, there is a spacious wooden deck also offering views of the fields, on which the owners are keen to nurse a whiskey while watching storms come through.
The garden area is quite large, and spread out over the property. You wouldn’t notice it at first glance, but there’s a second garden tier that would work wonderfully as a barbecuing space.
Finally, there is a standalone annex across from the main building. The first floor is open to the elements and is a great space for gardening materials. The second floor was used as a bedroom for the owners’ grandchildren for sometime, and is now being used for storage. It, too, has a wide view of the area’s rice fields.