How to Buy Your Own Ghost Town for Less Than $400K

Are you a fan of old westerns starring Clint Eastwood and John Wayne? If so, have you ever wanted to own a ghost town modeled after the old west? Well, dream no more. You can have what you want in central Utah for less than $400,000. All you have to do is purchase a house that recently went up for sale in Springville.

There are a lot of fantastic and unique properties in Utah, according to Salt Lake City’s CityHome Collective real estate brokerage. But finding a home with its own old west ghost town in the backyard is not an everyday experience. This property is unique in every sense of the word. Whoever buys it will wind up with a genuine gem.

For the record, Springville is a bedroom community for both the Provo and Salt Lake City metropolitan areas. It has a population of about 30,000 – without the tourists who visit year-round. Springville is also known for its commitment to the arts.

A Small Home in a Small Town

Anyone interested in purchasing the Springville property should understand that it’s a rather small home in a rather small town. The house is only 758 square feet. It sits on a 0.58-acre lot in the middle of what is otherwise a normal residential neighborhood. You wouldn’t note it as being any different than any other on the street just from the curb. It is only when you walk up the driveway that you see the real magic.

According to the listing agent, the home’s original owner (her father) built it in 1947 as a small cottage. He also built a five-base cinder block garage. He then set about building a replica of an old west town around that large and imposing structure. He used reclaimed wood from barns and other old buildings to give the facade an authentic feel.

The property’s new owner will enjoy several authentic old west spaces throughout the building. Most notable is the saloon, complete with bar, player piano, and billiard table. There are modern appliances in the saloon, but they are hidden away behind closed doors.

Make It Your Own

The old west ghost town is the epitome of Utah’s spirit. In terms of real estate, it is not uncommon for local realtors to pitch the idea of buying a house and making it your own. It’s something they do quite frequently there. Utah homes are not just structures; they are architectural embodiments of the people who own them.

CityHome Collective was founded primarily on that principle. The firm’s owners wanted to do more than just sell real estate. They wanted a brokerage and interior design firm that helps clients find properties that are an extension of who they already are. They constantly encourage clients to make their new homes exactly what they want them to be.

If you are interested in buying the Springville home, it was still on the market at the time of this writing. The main house is spacious enough for a couple or small family. It hasn’t been updated in a while, but that’s easy enough to do. Outdoors is a fairly nice yard in addition to the old west town. And if you are so inclined, there is enough room to add to what is already there.

There are a lot of unique properties in Utah. The Springville home with the old west town is just one of them. If you have ever dreamed of owning your own western saloon with a dusty street outside, $349,000 will make your dreams come true.