Buy Your Own Town, Bar Included, for $399K
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Buy Your Own Town, Bar Included, for $399K


You don’t need to be a billionaire to buy your own town.

On the market from Coldwell Banker is the town of Swett, South Dakota, for a mere $399,000.

For that price, you’ll get a three-bedroom home, a tire shop, three trailer houses and a bar called the Swett Tavern, “the only watering hole within a 10-mile radius,” says the local paper. The town also comes with its own 1990 Volvo semi, which you can use to haul trailers any time your heart desires.

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Swett – currently popular with pheasant hunters – is located on Highway 18, about two hours south of Rapid City. Based on a 30-year mortgage at a fixed rate of 5.25 percent, your monthly payments will amount to $1,982.96.

The town is currently owned by Lance Benson, who wants to focus on its travelling concession business, according to Rapid City Journal. “I hate to get rid of it,” he told the newspaper. “If I don’t sell it this first year, I would probably keep it.”

Benson has owned the town since 1998. Its official population right now is two people – not counting a dog named Daisy.

This isn’t the first time a whole town has been put up for sale. Two years ago, Buford, Wyoming, sold for $900,000 at auction. Bids started at $100,000. The Grove, Texas, sold for about $200,000 in 2010.

Several towns have also been auctioned off on eBay – including Albert, Texas, and Bridgeville, California.

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