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Five Cool Riads, Villas, and Flats in Forever-Sunny Tangier

Last Sunday's episode of the new Anthony Bourdain vehicle Parts Unknown centered on the Moroccan city of Tangier, a surprisingly permissive corner of North Africa. A city rife with expats, Tangier is home to some interesting combinations of European and African style, at prices better than its more popular sister city, Marrakech. This renovated riad, a courtyard house, was renovated to a very high standard by its European owners, who invited the New York Times to pay a visit when the house hit the market in 2010. Then listed for $772K, the riad has seen only a modest price cut (if any, given currency fluctuations) to $757K. The 1,300-square-foot interior may seem small, but the generous central courtyard and terraces add another 4,300 square feet, usable year-round thanks to the city's Mediterranean climate.

? That first beauty probably started its new life looking something like this, an unrenovated riad with a peek at the sea. Intrepid renovators can save some money by going with an unfinished product, but maybe not as much as one might think. Listed for $700K, this house retains plenty of stunning original tile, but probably requires new wiring and other expensive upgrades. That said, the listing agent seems to think that the 4,300-square-foot house has enough space to work as a bed & breakfast.

? Those looking to avoid the headaches of ancient construction could make their Tangier home in this stark white villa, completed in 1998. Sporting a rare lawn, spacious swimming pool, and roof deck with panoramic sea views, the five-bedroom house is listed for sale at an undisclosed price, but is also offered as a rental for $3,500 a month.

? Even more low maintenance is this modern, two-bedroom condo, currently listed for $150K. Affordable? Yes. But the unit is lacking any of Morocco's famous home details and the existing interior design strays toward the painfully hip. The bright, windowed, modern kitchen is by far the highlight of this otherwise mundane listing.

? Set on a stunning piece of waterview property on the outskirts of Tangier, this (currently) modest villa looks primed for redevelopment. The property currently houses a small whitewashed villa, with a charming pool area and hundreds of beautiful trees. Listed for $350K, the property is also a deal compared to the villas of the Spanish coast, visible just across the Straits of Gibraltar.

· House Hunting in Morocco [NYT]
· Riad VHOTES [Tangier Property]
· Riad VHERO [Tangier Property]
· Riad VBLANCA [Tangier Property]
· Apartment VNAZIK [Tangier Property]
· Majestic ocean views [Christie's International Real Estate]