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amy 03-31-2008 07:35 PM

Wanna buy a town?

If you feel like buying a small town - river view included - you're in luck

Cub Crossland, 81, a lifelong resident of the Monse area, walks by the closed General Store on Saturday. The town is for sale by its owners, Fritz and Donna Van Doren of East Wenatchee.

MONSE, WA -- For sale: Tiny mountain town with Okanogan River views. Asking price: $575,000.
For the last six months, this 60-acre town with only seven residents and no business or industry to speak of has been on the market.

"Right now, it's nearly a ghost town," said Jay Roberson, an agent with Laura Mounter Real Estate, which has the listing.

In late December, the northern California town of Bridgeville -- 80 acres, 13 homes and a cemetery -- sold for almost $1.8 million on the online auction site, eBay.

Monse (pronounced mahnz) sits on a placid stretch of the Okanogan River, seven miles northeast of Brewster in north-central Washington.

Selling points: Fiber optics, water rights, railroad access, a public boat launch, a bridge and bass fishing.

Fritz Van Doren, the town's owner since 1974, moved to East Wenatchee four years ago with his wife, Donna, and their three school-age children.

Roberson said the listing has generated about two calls a week. Prospective buyers have expressed interest in it as a potential summer camp or executive retreat, he said.

At the intersection of Monse Bridge Road and Monse River Road, the general store, built in 1914, stands on the northwest corner next to a dilapidated shack that used to be the post office.

The store's been closed since 1968, but the building has a fiber-optic terminal because it's near a large array of telecommunications satellite dishes, Van Doren said.

Lifelong area residents Cub Crossland, 81, and Jean Reese, 82, remember when Monse was popular for rodeos and country dances.

They said they couldn't recall more than 15 people living in Monse.

"It seemed like everybody was too poor to go anywhere else," Crossland said.

But Roberson said Monse was home to about 700 people at its peak. "It was a steamboat stop in the late 1800s," he said.

White93ARB 03-31-2008 07:42 PM

I know someone who bought a town up in Mendocino County. That's what you call Ballin' out of control.

[TheYJGuy] 03-31-2008 08:12 PM

I have a friend that lives in East Wenatchee

Loo 04-01-2008 07:26 PM

I want to buy an Island...i've actually checked into it. Some are as cheap as a new car.

debruins 04-01-2008 07:33 PM

how big though?

Loo 04-01-2008 07:38 PM

Couple acres depending on location, sometimes more but most that I was peeping out were between 2-6 acres.

debruins 04-01-2008 07:40 PM

COOOLL, so why didnt u buy it!

JCS05Rubi 04-01-2008 08:54 PM

now THATS an idea!! Are all these within US borders, or would they be your own laws? Any close enough to take a ferry? :D

amy 04-01-2008 11:41 PM

I was wondering that, too. If the island is within US waters, would it be subject to US laws?

skeeter 04-02-2008 04:03 AM


Originally Posted by amy (Post 214282)
I was wondering that, too. If the island is within US waters, would it be subject to US laws?


sgnellett 04-02-2008 05:21 AM


Originally Posted by amy (Post 214282)
I was wondering that, too. If the island is within US waters, would it be subject to US laws?


Originally Posted by skeeter (Post 214310)

Yeah, but if you are the only one there, who would have jurisdiction? Besides, who would call the police on you if you are on your own island?

We've got some small islands here in Lake Erie, one of which is privately owned. There are rumors about who owns it, what goes on, etc.. but the cops would need a warrant just to get off the boat, so they pretty much leave them alone.

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