Ever wanted a little place to call your own, somewhere you could get away from the grind of everyday life in the big city or the bustling ‘burbs? Or perhaps you’re the sort that’s tired of taking orders from other people and wants to call the shots in your very own home town – literally, your very own.
If you fit the description above, and have some deep pockets to finance such a dream, then has St. Louis-based Schneider Industries ever got a deal for you: On Oct. 6, the company will offer, complete for sale, the historic village of High Hill, Mo., a site on the National Register of Historic Places.
The turnkey operation includes the real estate, equipment and inventory from four city lots, including a Farmer’s Mercantile, The Beatrice Cream Station, the Old West Building, an historic barn and a 100-year-old church known as “The Sanctuary.”
While representatives from Schneider wouldn’t estimate an exact price, the properties and all the contents are sure to bring a few million dollars when the gavel finally comes down. If you’re the sort who has the cash on hand and doesn’t want to face the process of bidding at auction, then Schneider is also willing to consider pre-auction offers on the entire property.
If you’re not in the market for your own private village, then you can also show up to the Oct. 6 sale for a chance to buy any of the hundreds of quality antiques that will be sold separately from the properties themselves.
The village of High Hill itself does represent a good opportunity for the high-end investor, with built-in, ready-made attractions for tourists and a convenient location just 60 miles west of the City of St. Louis.
The following is a description of the buildings in what could be the future village of (Your Name Here):
The Farmer’s Mercantile, at 872 Boones Lick Road, is a fully-operational General Store, within a stone’s throw of Highway 70. It was built, and has been in continuous operation since 1904, and includes a living space on the second floor. The back wall of the store is made out of wood from the 1904 World’s Fair, and the building was long the center of social and retail needs in the community.
The Beatrice Cream Station at 872 Boones Lick Road was the place for locals to gather, eat good ice cream and socialize. With tons of potential and character, this sweet little 150-square foot, 1919 building is a potential gem for the new owner.
The Historic Barn at 874 Boones Lick Road was constructed with care from top to bottom, and was crafted with recycled lumber from older barns in the area and features a hand laid brick floor. The Historic Barn is set up in a flea market arrangement and is filled with antiques including items from the St. Louis World’s Fair, a Ford Tractor, pot bellied stoves and more.
The Old West Building at 876 Boones Lick Road, built in the early 1920s, is an easy way to transport yourself back to the Wild West. It features a charming, and inviting, storefront.
The Sanctuary, located at 878 Boones Lick Road, was built 100 years ago, and is located on the corner this historic village. It features beautiful woodwork, and is currently being used as a Wedding Chapel. It is completely furnished, 1,500-square feet and good to go.
The auction starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, and will continue all day. The Real Estate auction will begin at 12 noon. For more information, call 314-863-7711, or go online to www.schneiderind.com.