Sugar Grove Station, West Virginia, could quite possibly be the most unusual "item" to ever hit the auction block.
American towns have been auctioned before, however this former United States Navy military base is a bit odd as it once served as a sort of "spy town" in supporting part of the National Security Agency’s surveillance operation. Giant parabolic dishes continue to track location and content of international telecommunications activity and are not part of the upcoming auction. In fact, they are completely hidden by a thick forest which is literally a mile wide. Sugar Grove Station was retired in the fall of 2015 and put up for auction to the highest bidder as it became unnecessary to house related analytical staff at the base.
This fenced and gated town was built between 1960 and 2014 and boasts private full-service utilities which could support 500 people on 120+ acres. The town includes 80 like-new homes on tree-lined residential streets along with a swimming pool, bowling alley, youth daycare center, a community center complete with a fireplace, gym, full-sized indoor basketball court, tennis and racquetball courts, a football field, a large playground with kiddie pool, and 12 guest cabins. Many large multi-purpose buildings and a four-section building for vehicular maintenance as well as a woodworking shop litter the town. In case you are wondering about safety, a police and fire station are already in place.
The beautiful George Washington and Jefferson National Forests between the Allegheny Mountains and the south fork of the Potomac River surround Sugar Grove, which is within a 13,000-square-mile area commonly referred to as the National Radio Quiet Zone. Cell phones, WiFi and any radio frequency equipment are prohibited. Established in 1958 by Congress, the Quiet Zone was developed so as not to interfere with nearby parabolic dishes or the National Radio Astronomy Observatory which is only 30 miles away.
Sugar Grove Station is the perfect setting for cult headquarters. Regardless of that frightening truth, the auction end date is TBD and the minimum opening bid is set at $1 million. It could be a bargain!
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