It's a real fixer-upper, but a gold mining ghost town surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks in Canada’s most western province can be had for less than $1 million.
That’s the asking price for the abandoned 50-acre town of Bradian, one of many towns built during British Columbia’s gold mining heyday. It comes complete with streets, vacant lots and 22 empty homes that were built 80 years ago.
There are also breathtaking views, nearby lakes and rivers and piles of snow in the winter. Real estate broker John Lovelace said the historic town in an idyllic setting comes with one big caveat: all the homes are in serious disrepair.
Lovelace put Bradian on the market in 2010 for $1.3 million, but has recently dropped the price to $995,000, or about $907,000 in U.S. currency.
“We have gotten quite a great response from as far away as Australia,” he said. “If somebody went in there with some money and they got the services up to speed and created those (vacant) lots, they’d make a crap load of money. But that’s a five to 10-year process.”
The mine was one of the biggest producers of gold in Canada. Bradian produced 4 million ounces of gold over a 40-year stretch until the mine closed in 1971.