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Town of Swett, South Dakota, for sale; includes bar

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 July, 2014, 11:21pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 July, 2014, 1:57am
 

Property buyers who want to be masters of their domain could turn to the US state of South Dakota, where an entire town can be had for US$399,000.

The owner of Swett, pronounced sweat, is selling the roughly 2.5-hectare town, which includes a bar, a three- bedroom house, three static caravans and a former tyre shop and is about 160km southeast of Rapid City in the state's southwest.

Swett's population peaked at 40 residents in the 1940s when it had a post office and grocery store, but now stands at two: owner Lance Benson and his wife. It's three if you count their dog.

Benson acquired Swett in 1998, later gave it up in a divorce settlement and then reacquired the town in 2012. He will toss in a 1990 Volvo truck now used for hauling trailers, according to a listing by estate agent Stacie Montgomery.

Benson told the Rapid City Journal he wants to sell the town to focus on his business. He will keep the tiny prairie domain if no one wants to buy it within a year, he told the newspaper.

Montgomery said calls were pouring in from potential buyers in the states of California, Texas, New York and New Jersey since she placed an announcement in a local newspaper.

"I've even had one call from a production company out of Russia," Montgomery said. "They want to make a movie."

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