Buying your own town is as easy as buying a couple of hundred hectares of land located just 110 kilometres south of Las Vegas from the founder of a place called Cal-Nev-Ari.
Nancy Kidwell, 78, is offering the entirety of her town for just $8 million. She tried to sell the property in 2010 for $17 million but couldn't find any buyers. Now she has dropped the price and is including Cal-Nev-Ari's casino, diner, convenience store, 10-room motel, RV park and 1.6-km-long dirt airstrip in the deal.
The only things not for sale are the residents themselves, some privately owned homes, the small community centre and a volunteer fire station built by Clark County
Kidwell and her husband, Slim, founded the town in 1965 when it was just an empty swath of land along U.S. 95. Now it is home to about 350 people, but Kidwell said she can't sustain it. Slim died in 1983 and her second husband died in 2011, leaving the bulk of maintaining the town to her.
"It's time for someone else to do something with it," the Kidwell said. "Fifty-one years is long enough."
Listing broker Fred Marik said he is advertising the town as a blank canvas. It doesn't have paved roads, but it does have deep-water wells, a sewer system and a utility company.
Marik said he has received a few inquiries so far, with prospective buyers considering the land for a retirement community, a renewable energy project, a motorsport park, a dude ranch, a survival school, a shooting range or a "marijuana resort," if that were to become legal.
"You're basically buying the land and the opportunity to grow something on it," Marik said.