Buy an entire town in South Dakota for around £233,000

Sick of that poky one-bed flat you just moved into in Dalston? Purchase Swett, a Wild West ghost town, for half the price

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The Swett Tavern (and its surrounding town) – yours for $400,00 via curbed.com

We all know London house prices are crazy, right? Of course we do, but that doesn't stop over eight million of us cramming into this godforsaken metropolis for late nights, claustrophobia and small, expensive flats. It doesn't dawn on us until much later that it's not absolutely necessary to live in London (it hasn't dawned on this author), but if that epiphany hits you soon, then let us point you in the direction of an entire town in South Dakota that's on the market for $400,000, which works out to around £233,000. In London, that amount of cash would buy you a 1 bedroom flat in Lewisham.

Swett is described by the Rapid City Journal as "little more than a few ramshackle buildings along U.S. Highway 18", but you definitely get bang for your buck: six acres of lands, three trailers, a house, a workshop and a bar called the Swett Tavern, one of the only drinking holes for miles.

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Svett: this could be yours via curbed.com

Lance Benson, the legal of owner of Swett, admits that it's not an easy decision to make. "I hate to get rid of it," he told the Journal. "If I don't sell it this year then I'll probably keep it.

Swett reached its peak in the 1940s when it boasted a population of 40. Unfortunately, it suffered in the same way that many rural towns in America did – people left in search of urban conveniences and big city opportunities. Now, Svett sits nearly deserted on the edge of the Wild West. It's yours for the price of a one bedroom flat.

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