Entire town for sale in Tasmania

Adam Smith 13 April 2016

Entire town for sale in Tasmania

Are you an evil genius looking for a lair? Got a spare $11 million? We've got you covered.

While the Australian property market may be pricey, $11 million will still buy you a lot. For example, a waterfront block of three apartments in Drummoyne went for the $11 million last month at auction. But if you’re willing to look further afield, you can really make your dollar stretch. In Tasmania, $11 million will make you the proud owner of your very own town.

The town in question, Tarraleah, has been put up for sale by property developer Julian Homer, News Ltd has reported. Homer spent more than a decade building Tarraleah, which includes a lodge, golf course and waterfall. The town is a tourist haven, and already turns a profit of around $2 million a year.

Those looking to rule their town’s citizens with an iron fist might be disappointed to learn that Tarraleah has no residents apart from employees of the lodge. That can’t stop a would-be tyrant from dreaming, though.

If you do happen to have a spare $11 million and are keen to own your very own town, you’d be well advised make your move. Knight Frank hotel, motel and business consultant John Blacklow told News Ltd there has already been significant interest in Tarraleah, particularly for use as a retreat centre.

“We expect groups to purchase it, such as companies who want to use it for retreats, franchise operators and church and religious groups — we’ve already had calls from those people.”

So get in quick, because the only thing people in Tarraleah should be retreating from is your cruel despotism.

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Comparison shopping your way to world domination

You've got the $11 million. You've got the plan to hold the globe in thrall to your murderous intent. Now it's time to see what you can get for your money.

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