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Buy your own town for just $399,000 — in South Dakota

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Buy your own townFor less than $400,000, you could own an entire South Dakota town.

The town of Swett, S.D., comes with a three-bedroom home, tire shop, three trailer houses and a bar, the Swett Tavern. Its listing price: $399,000, or half the cost of a one-bedroom apartment in New York City, as a press release from Coldwell Banker pointed out.

Updates to the Swett Tavern include a new horseshoe-shaped bar, coolers, grill, insulation and camera system, according to the listing. And that’s not all: There’s a good amount of inventory and personal property that the current owner will throw in to sweeten the deal, including a 1990 Volvo semi, currently used to haul trailers.

Current owner Lance Benson is putting the 6.16 acres of real estate up for sale to focus on his traveling concession business, according to a report in the Rapid City Journal. In the 1940s, Swett was home to 40 people, and even had its own post office and grocery store, the newspaper reported. But today, the town located two hours southeast of Rapid City has a population of two: Benson and his wife.

And although there was a time that the tavern’s clientele consisted of many rough customers, it recently has cleaned up its image, according to a bar patron interviewed for the Rapid City Journal article. “It’s now kind of a place you can come in and have a meal with your family rather than defend your family,” the patron said.


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