With just over $28 million to spend on real estate, some might opt for a half-floor condo at One57, others for an Upper East Side townhouse. But then, why buy an apartment when you could buy an entire English village.
The whole of West Heslerton, North Yorkshire recently hit the market for a very reasonable (we think!) £20 million ($28.3 million).
The very charming, rural village is up for sale for the first time, after being owned by the same family for 150 years.
The most recent landlady was Eve Dawnay, who inherited the village from her father following his death in 1964. She died in 2010, aged 84, leaving West Heslerton to a number of beneficiaries. They have now decided to sell.
The estate comes with the 21-bedroom West Heslerton Hall, 43 houses, a pub, a gas station, a sports pavilion and playing fields, a church and a school – all set on 2,116 acres of land including 112 acres of woodland.
According to the Daily Mail, broker Tom Watson of Cundalls, who has the listing, said the family is hoping to find a community-minded buyer who shares Ms Dawnay’s vision. “Miss Dawnay was a wonderful lady,” he told the Daily Mail. “She was very kind and the property rents are, and have always been very low.
“This has helped keep a village community with a mixed group of ages and there are obviously a lot of people hoping that somebody with a similar benevolent nature will come along to take over the estate. It would be perfect for somebody wanting to build up and leave a legacy.”