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Buy a Replica of an Old West Town, Complete with Saloon, Jail and Locomotive

This one-acre replica of an Old West town was never opened to the public as a tourist attraction. Instead, it served as a hobby project for a couple in Valley Center, California, who spent six decades hunting around the U.S. for antiques that would fit into the property's main ranch house, general store, blacksmith shop, saloon, jail, and combination barbershop and law office. They built all of the rickety-looking structures by hand, painting old-timey signs on them, and furnishing them with carved wooden statues of Native Americans and other period pieces. The cactus-laden estate, which is asking $950K, also comes with a blue locomotive that doubles as a water tank.

Television commercials and movies were occasionally filmed here, but according to the listing agent, "it's actually a private place." "I venture 95 percent of the people in our town don't even know it's there," he told Realtor.com. The property, which comes with a 1,500-square-foot ranch house and is set up for horses, has been on the market since June 2014, when it was listed for $1.2M. The price was recently chopped to $950K ahead of a planned auction of the collectibles in March.


· 15119 Rock Hill Ranch Rd, Valley Center, California [Redfin]
· Own a Slice of the Old West for Less Than a Million Bucks [Realtor.com]
· All Lookalikes posts [Curbed National]