Anyone Want to Buy a Town ? Just go on Ebay
Anyone want to buy a town? Bridgeville, Calif., and its 30 or so residents have been on the auction block three times since 2002, when the northern California community became the first town ever to sell on eBay. The winning bid — $1.77 million. That got you an 83-acre town including eight houses, a cafe, and a post office.
Oh, and a hell of a view. Laguna Hills, Calif., mortgage banker Bruce Krall, who owned Bridgeville from 2004 to 2006, said in an interview with The Orange County Register that in the town “at night, when the clouds roll in over those mountains, it’s spectacular.”
The 83-acre town became famous in 2002 for being the first in history to be put up for auction on eBay. It was originally sold for $1.77m but the buyer backed out of the deal only for it to be bought by businessman Bruce Krall for $700,000.
Krall put the town up for sale again in 2006 for a starting price of $1.75m. According to the BBC News website, the price included three cows, eight houses, and a post office.
Los Angeles-based entertainment manager and college student Daniel Thomas La Paille, 25, purchased the town on August 3, 2006 from Krall. La Paille paid $1.25 million, the money coming from his own entertainment management work as well as from his mother and grandmother.
In an interview with the Times-Standard, La Paille said, “(Community) is very important in every aspect. We all have to live together. Bridgeville is going to be an example. We’re going to … show that we can be environmentally conscious, good neighbors and just create a special little community.”
According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, Daniel La Paille committed suicide November 9, 2006. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the chest.
On June 29, 2007, Bridgeville was on the market with a $1.3 million price tag for at least several months. This was the third time that Bridgeville had been listed for sale within five years.
By Michael Angelina
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