Each week MainStreet takes a look at what we call Extreme Real Estate. Extreme could mean comparing properties that can be had for less than $200,000 with similar spots that go for $2 million or more. Or we might present two houses in the U.S. for less than $50,000 (they do exist). Or a selection of castles in eastern Europe for under half a million. Whatever they are, you’ll be extremely impressed. This week we bring you: Calling All Bargain Bettys.

Although the United States lays claim to some of the most expensive real estate markets in the world, many parts of the country still provide Bargain Bettys and Budget Bobs the opportunity to purchase unimproved property for well under $10,000, where they can build a rural retreat or go off the grid in a solar powered yurt. Or maybe just pitch a tent!

Here are a few spots with amazing deals on land:

Joshua Tree, Calif.

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Although the high desert community gets hotter than Hades in the summer, it also offers heat seeking snowbirds dramatic landscapes and easy access to both the resort town of Palm Springs and the unspeakably beautiful Joshua Tree National Forest.

Just a few miles northeast of the downtown business district sits a flat 2.15-acre buildable parcel with mountain views over the desert scrub during the daytime and, due to its relative remoteness, spectacular stargazing at night. Asking price: $7,900.

Contact Kristopher Maddock at Tarbell Realtors (760-485-8922) for more information.

Montague, Calif.

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At the northern reaches of California, just 25 miles from the Oregon border, is the tiny town of Montague where, for just $8,900, ski bunnies and mountain climbers can pick up a 2.4-acre residential parcel with spectacular views of Mt. Shasta, which lies just 30 miles south and offers year round outdoor activities.

Contact Erik Kloth at Coldwell Banker Chris Kutzkey (530-842-7319) for more information.

Panama City, Fla. Bargain hunting beach babies can head down to the Florida panhandle where a wooded and residentially zoned lot in Panama City’s St. Andrews neighborhood is just five miles from the sugar sand shores of the Gulf of Mexico and carries an almost hard to believe asking price of $5,800.

Contact Ben Harrell at Coldwell Banker United (850-265-3099) for more information.

Louisburg, N.C. About 35 miles from the famed Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, sits scenic Louisburg, N.C., where country club types can pick up residential lots in the gated golf and boating community of The River at Lake Royale starting at just $6,000.

Contact Barbara Francks at Wieland Properties (919-831-5328) for more information.