Weekly Top Ten Real Estate Hot List Tue: 04-10-2012
It sold! It stirred our imaginations with fantasies of what we would do if we owned it; of what we would add or enhance to bring in even more tourists and give distant locals a reason to come and stay awhile. We remember how clever Holiday Inn was somewhere out west on I-90 years ago. In the most desolate of areas, where the highway went for hundreds of miles with nothing but barbed wire fence and flat dry land, you wondered if your 400 mile gas tank range would get you to the next gas station. But after 375 miles you could see buildings in the distance! It was a Holiday Inn at a clover leaf. But it wasn’t just a Holiday Inn, it had mushroomed into an oasis of things to do; a destination for entertainment for those living isolated on ranches miles away and travelers terrified of being stranded with empty gas tanks. It was the only thing they had, but it had everything they could want. Could we do something like that with Buford?
It’s the stuff that dreams are made of. And who fulfilled their American dream by buying this town? A Vietnamese man who traveled all the way from Vietnam to attend the auction. Though the buyer wants to remain anonymous, he was quoted as saying, "Owning a piece of property in the U.S. has been my dream." At the auction, which took all of 11 minutes with a starting bid of $100,000, the town changed ownership at a price of $900,000.
The wild American West gained international popularity with the first cowboy movie distributed outside the country. Strange as it may seem to an American visiting Rome to see John Wayne dubbed in Italian, the wild west and pioneering spirit lives not only in our own imaginations but in the imaginations of those in the far corners of the world as well. The concept of Buford, Wyoming appealed to everyone, with its frontier heritage and history. We’re guessing that with all the passion that brought him here, the new owner will bring life and excitement back to this tiny town for many generations to come.