Buy your own vil­lage

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WELLING­TON: Stressed­out city ex­ec­u­tives look­ing to get away from it all have the chance to buy their own ru­ral vil­lage in New Zealand, com­plete with a pub and a pop­u­la­tion of 40.

Otira, a ham­let on the rainy west coast of New Zealand’s South Is­land, is on the mar­ket for $715 000 (R5.4 mil­lion).

Cur­rent own­ers Bill and Chris­tine Hen­nah bought the run­down vil­lage in 1998.

They paid $56 000 for the ho­tel or pub, school, rail­way sta­tion, town hall and 18 houses mak­ing up the vil­lage near the Arthur’s Pass Na­tional Park.

The vil­lage de­vel­oped when the Otira rail­way tun­nel was opened, and dur­ing its hey­day was home to about 600 work­ers and their fam­i­lies. – Reuters

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