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5 million yuan to buy U.S. small town? 5 million yuan to buy U.S. small town? Time :2011 -08-20
Scenic town – population from the year hundreds of people, now reduced to nine.
500 million yuan, you can buy a small town in the American Midwest, a total of 186,000 square meters, including a gas station, a post office, a pub, a museum, two houses, two small prison, and large tracts of land.
In a large number of foreigners flock to buy a house overseas, there are three personal inquiry, but did not express intent to purchase, foreign buyers still prefer the bustling American city.
U.S. Midwest, South Dakota (South Dakota-SC), a cowboy town called Scenic, was placed on “shelves”, price $ 799,000 – about 5.1 million yuan.
Scenic, covers an area of 46 acres (approximately = 276 acres = 186,000 square meters), with the vast land, the town center, a gas station, a post office, a pub, a museum, two houses, and two small prison, all of which are sold out.
The owner of the town-Twila Merrill, is a Hobson’s choice, the (local residents in the eyes of a maverick) women over the years, little by little the town to buy almost all the land, but, because of cancer, she may not do not move to 800 km, the Rochester, Minnesota, medical care, which, only a small town to sell the idea.
Now, the town was referred to the hands of local real estate agent David Olsen, he is approached buyers from around the world, he claimed: he “almost drowned by phone.”
“Dying”, a charming town
Agriculture is South Dakota a long-standing cultural and economic mainstay, Scenic town, is no exception. The town, the second largest city in South Dakota – Rapid City (Rapid city) east, about 80 km, the establishment of the railway age in the United States, once prosperous, and even some noise. From the last century, the United States during the Great Depression began, the town’s shops have closed, leaving many residents, young people, and not come back.
Local government report, the town population has been reduced from the initial several hundred people, now reduced to nine.
This town is not as foreign as remote rural areas, Scenic near a highway, the famous Badlands National Park (Badlands National Park), drive an hour, you can go to Rapid City, there are airports, travel easy .
Tom, is a Scenic Town residents already here, living for eight years, he and his wife, living in a small town 8 km from the place. In his view, Twila Merrill, like this piece of land the Indians had the same love of the land, used to enclosure, and construction of farm, she can not stop – this town for several years, has been to decline.
Drought and extreme weather, hindering agricultural development in the town of Scenic, extreme water shortages in the region, annual rainfall of only 381 mm; in the summer, where the temperature to a maximum of 43 degrees Celsius; in the winter often drop to minus 23 degrees Celsius .
Tom said: “We live in a very remote rural areas, Rapid City, has around 400 km from its land, to attract population, migration trends in the United States, like China, rural people continue to enter the city.” He believes that : This is the reason for the decline of the town.
By wind and rain knocked out of the shop signs, broken walls mottled houses, dilapidated roads, said the Scenic as a “ghost town” is not an exaggeration. Olsen in the eyes of brokers, which is the town’s unique, “since 1906 has been completed, the town has maintained its original appearance.”
Interestingly, this desolate town, “disciplined” – If you go to the post office on the toilet, would be declined because: “9.11, the government provides all of the toilets ‘will not be loaned’.”
Big Bargain: What do you want it?
To maintain a hundred years ago, “original”, the town’s future-Schultz, is Ai Jiasuo (Agracel), CEO, American town called experts, claiming “I do not drive around the Midwest, will be able to study critical of the small towns “, in his view, Scenic South Dakota, is not the case, these small town, there is a common feature: located in mountainous areas, agriculture for a living, isolated from the modern American economy.
Here the land is poor, the business, the lack of accumulation, of local economic opportunities are scarce. “Scenic town, close to the Shannon County border, it is a mere 1.4 million people in the county, about 80% are local, the United States one of the highest poverty rate.” Schultz said.
Enough of the decades of Depression, Tom said, Scenic town “rural people”, is a conservative, cautious of the new changes, town residents have been looking forward to: buyers can bring change to the town.
“I do not care who the buyer, which to me, there is no difference, I just want to see – they do.” Leo Stangle said. He 1949, the town moved to Scenic, then, is an 8-year-old boy. 60 years, he never left town. “Town now, there are many dilapidated buildings, the need to clean up.” Stangle said he does not care – who bought the town’s land, as long as new business, and repair the appearance of the town.
Two years ago, Scenic town, had the sale price of $ 3,000,000, but no one took over; 2011 now, the price dropped to $ 799,000, Olsen’s now selling ads, wrote: “You gonna do it? ”
“Chinese people, willing to buy a house big city.”
U.S. National Association of Realtors, in May, released a report showing – the Chinese people’s purchasing power in the U.S. real estate market: As of March 2011 for 12 months, overseas buyers, in the U.S. real estate market, has invested about $ 41 billion. Among them, the buyers from China, accounting for 9% of the number of overseas buyers, in second place.
In 2010, the U.S. real estate prices plunge, a large number of Chinese people began to look for investment opportunities in the United States. ** Network organized the first mission, there are 40 individuals, to the United States; to organize the second time, more than 500 people applied to join.
Scenic town advertised for sale after being recognized as 2010, the U.S. real estate prices, a typical diving events, buy home, as the Chinese presence there.
Olsen said he has received a lot of buyer’s offer, the buyer in contact with him, there are three, from China. The three, on the Internet, saw the news of the sale Scenic town, therefore, asked the town to the Olsen specific information, but, ultimately, did not indicate purchase intention. When asked – whether there is a similar net ** room, such agency, contact with the Scenic, Olsen avoided this question.
Olsen said his understanding of China’s real estate market, and know – China’s “real estate market is hot.” The sale of town, he take into account – may be involved with Chinese buyers, but still felt: the Chinese people are familiar with the United States cities, Scenic located in a remote town for the Chinese people “do not quite understand.” .
This is consistent with Schultz’s expectations, he times the number of American small town, so far, no owner of a small town is the Chinese people. He believes that: the Chinese people to buy an American small town, and into the “China City”, is possible, but this does not occur in the Scenic Town: “I would be worried – they do make a living in more developed economies where there may be a better opportunity. ”
Transformation of ideas
Schultz, and his Ai Jiasuo company, has been observing the United States’ third largest population migration wave “- from the suburbs of big cities, to the” urban village “, but he did not think, Scenic town, there is a” rural city “The potential of this town, but the” demise of the western town of an extreme case. ”
Many buyers still Olsen made a transformation to a small town idea: Some buyers said – want to keep the original ecology of the western United States Zhuangmao; some hope in the town, building factories, creating employment opportunities; one from China Mainland buyers told Olsen: consider this small town into a “new Chinatown.”
Scenic Highway near to which, every day, about 700 vehicles from through. Olsen said: “The town, population and only need some creativity, you can develop.” In his view, the future owner of the town, at least in the visitors who hit targeting.
Tom said something defeating the words: “Unfortunately – most visitors tend to stay near the highway, and not many people will come to town.” He believed that if the town insisted on agriculture, it will be unsustainable , Tom’s proposal is – the town into a tourist attraction.
Since the owner Twila Merrill left the town after town, her daughter Keester, was responsible for the sale of the town, she will choose the final buyer. Keester, was born in the town, and grew up in this town is full of nostalgia. For the future owner of a small town, she said, the new owners purchased is a piece of history, while she was expecting to see: people make the town back to life.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, local time on August 17, the deal eventually reached, there will be new faces into the “minority community.” Regardless of how the new owners transformed the town, Tom’s advice to, are: “to maintain sufficient patience and good conduct.” After all, he spent eight years before the feel – just to be the “community” to accept.
Biden’s visit to accompany Chengdu, Sichuan Locke large items; accompany Biden’s visit to Chengdu, Sichuan Locke great product, time :2011 -08-20
Locke and Yu kitchen crew photo.
Guxiang Street, delicious Sichuan cuisine. 20 evening, the new U.S. ambassador to Locke and his party, light rail vehicles, lane width to Chengdu, Sichuan food tasting.
20 at 5 pm, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by Locke, from Beijing arrived in Chengdu, in China for the second leg is the last stop of the visit.
7:00 pm, Chengdu, lane width, lanterns, visitors without a break. Here are the three major historical and cultural protection areas in Chengdu, one of a late Qing Dynasty, Dynasty-style courtyard off, Western-style garden, house-style boutique hotels, colored construction community.
The rear alley, there is a door closed, door, close to some faded couplet, the right joint top, small print says “Yu kitchen” words. Locke and his party 10 people, dressed in plain clothes, low-key entrance, directly on the second floor rooms.
Brush cakes, beans crocodile, jelly abalone, hanging piece smoked tea duck … … 30 multi-channel, to costumes, exquisite antique porcelain Sichuan, another side on the second floor rooms. This dinner, eat more than 2 hours, standard dishes – 300 yuan per person.
22:00, Chengdu hot fading. Locke checkout, came to the courtyard, and a chef Yu Bo, and staff posed for pictures. Locke said: “I love Sichuan cuisine, very tasty and I like it.”
Locke said, after he came to Sichuan many times, “I like Sichuan.” What about favorite in Sichuan, he said, I like the people here, the food here.
U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu said Locke at the end of Biden’s visit to China will be 22 to participate in the U.S. and China in Chengdu, the friendly volunteer team sworn in, then met with the media, described Biden’s trip to Chengdu, and answer problem.
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