It’s not a secret that `big is better’ when it comes to America and its population.
If it’s not upsized it’s not worth having and it seems the same philosophy applied to their fast food outlets is now applicable to its property sales.
Forget about owning a house or even a block in the US, you can buy a whole town, run the jail and only let your friends in the saloon for under $800,000.
Yep, for a cool $799,000 you could be the new owner of Scenic, a humble town an hour’s drive from Rapid City in South Dakota.
To put it in perspective, you can own 18 hectares of land in this quaint US settlement for the price of a remodelled three bedroom townhouse in Richmond, Victoria; a two bedroom apartment in Sydney suburb Vaucluse or a two bedroom abode in affluent West Perth.
The Scenic (quite an ironic name considering where it is located!) property sale includes a post office, convenience store, dance hall, two retail stores, a train depot, saloon, museum, two houses and two jails.
The nearest town is Wounded Knee, something you wouldn’t want to get in Scenic, considering it is 80km away.
The real estate listing claims ``tons’’ of artists and journalists stop in the town for stories of ``cowboy history, Indian history, fossils and gunfights’’ but hey, convince your mates to move there and you can create your own history.
And as if owning your own town wouldn’t be cool enough, as a sweetener a $50,000 `reward’ is being offered to the person who purchases Scenic at the full asking price of $799,000 – meaning your 46 acre playground costs just $749,000...hello...bargain!
With the Australian dollar hovering around $1.10 US, is now the time to buy your own American `town’? I say yes!