Mellonsfolly Ranch is a full-scale working replica of an 1860’s Wyoming town, and for one lucky entrepreneur, it might just be the business opportunity they are looking for. The town is for sale, all of it for a cool $7.5 million, but ... it's in rural New Zealand. Not a bad deal, though, for 20 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and a side-gig business!
Mellonsfolly Ranch is located at 440 Crotons Road in Ruatiti, an area in the Central Plateau of New Zealand's North Island, and it's the only thing around for miles. Known as Old West Towne, the ranch is deliberately remote, wanting to give the feeling of being “at the end of the road”. One-thousand acres of native foliage, streams, and landscape surround the town, giving it that authentic wild western feel.
Currently, the town is operated as a boutique hotel, and though New Zealand has prohibited foreigners from purchasing homes there, this is technically a business so anyone in the world can acquire it.
The property is listed with agent Ben Hawan of New Zealand’s Sotheby’s International Realty. Check out this video from the listing that shows the town in all of its splendor:
The unique property has 10 buildings on it, including three separate residences: a main house and two smaller homes. Additionally, there is an authentic and licensed saloon, a sheriff’s office, billiards lounge, a courthouse that doubles as a movie theater, and a boardwalk that weaves through town.
There are no animals in this ranch (other than lots and lots of bees). This is because Mellonsfolly Ranch also operates a very lucrative Manuka honey business. Manuka honey is a highly profitable and prized export of New Zealand.
Regardless of what one does here, they will enjoy the picturesque landscape and closeness to nature, along with the striking views. Pretty much the best of everything all right here in one place. In all honestly, who would not want to say they own an entire town?
With all the uncertainty in the world, and so many people looking for new opportunities, this one is ripe for the picking. As the listing says. “Mellonsfolly Ranch offers a home, lifestyle, and income that could change your life forever.”
Would you want to live and work in your very own wild west town? We can totally see ourselves calling this place home, if only we had $7.5 million to spare!