Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Weird Thing Sold On Ebay: A Whole Town

MONUMENT: Spanning the banks of the Van Duzen River, the old bridge from which Bridgeville derives its name was built in 1925. It’s been replaced by a larger bridge and is no longer in use, but it remains as a landmark.

Bridgeville, a very small town in California has been listed on Ebay 3 times.

The town, founded in 1865, and it's been three owners in the last 130 years.

In 2002, it was put up for auction on Ebay for the first time,  In 2002,  selling for $ 1.77 m., but the winner backed backed out of the deal. Mr. Krall bought the town in 2004 for $ 700, 000.

Lush green hillsides, sweeping mountain views and warm sunshine are among Bridgeville's delights to tempt buyers, according to the advertisement on eBay.

"You get 83 acres (34 hectares), you get redwoods, you get a river, you get eight houses, you get a post office. That sounds like a bargain for $1.75m," Mr Bruce Krall 9 owner in 2006 ) told the BBC.

On August 3 2006, 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.

On June 29 2007, the town was listed on Ebay again for sale, after La Paille committed suicide, according to
the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. 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.

Part of description on Ebay:


“We’ve put our heart and soul into enhancing this town with the hopes of residing there one day. However due to personal family commitments, we are no longer able to move to Bridgeville.”
-Quote from current owner.

Drive through redwood-studded valleys along scenic country highways and come to history-rich Bridgeville, where you will enjoy 83 acres of lush, green hillsides, a roaring river, swimming holes, sweeping mountain views, warm sunshine and extensive riverfront acreage. This outstanding property includes houses, cabins and commercial buildings with established rental income.

This truly is beautiful country, just outside of the fog zone where the majestic “old growth redwoods” stand. One of the most wonderful things about this property, aside from the mere fact that you own over a mile of river frontage on the Van Duzen River (one of the last Wild and Scenic, undammed rivers in California) is the weather. When coastal Humboldt County is engulfed in fog and damp weather, the sun is typically shining in Bridgeville.

Bridgeville is comfortably nestled just east of the California Redwoods of Northern California. Set alongside the pristine Van Dusen river, Bridgeville provides an exquisite escape from the pollution, traffic, noise, and hurried pace of big cities.

Bridgeville is approximately 26 miles east of Fortuna on Highway 36 (a very good road) and approximately 45 miles south-east of Eureka, the capital of Humboldt County.

Not far from Bridgeville, you will find a variety of intriguing tourist attractions such as the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the historic seaport town of Eureka, the rugged Lost Coast of Humboldt County, and the charming rural town of Ferndale, as well as Ruth Lake, Mount Shasta, and Lake Shasta.

A SLOWER PACE: Laguna Hills mortgage banker Bruce Krall takes a stroll around the town he owns, Bridgeville.  Krall bought the tiny Northern California burg in 2004 with plans to open a retreat center there.
Bruce Krall walking in his town. 

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