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Selling for a mere 2.4 million, this desolate 19th century Victorian mill town is on the market. In the 1960s, Ray Schmitt purchased the town with plans to restore it to its former glory. Notoriously eccentric, the enthusiastic hoarder of Victorian curiosities began to add his collection of curiosities to give Johnsonville an authentic appearance and open a tourist attraction. To compliment the existing homestead and mill, he moved a 19th century Quaker meetinghouse, a Waterford, Connecticut stable and chapel, and a general store onto the property. Mishap after mishap kept the carefully designed would-be tourist destination from reaching Schmitt's idea of its true potential. In the 1970s, lightning struck the mill and burned it down, and in 1994, Schmitt got into a dispute with the local officials. He died in 1998 and his ghost is said to haunt the area.
In 2001, the town was sold to the Meyer Jabara Hotel Group. They originally hoped to turn it into a residential community for adults over 55 but in September 2001, the economy took downfall and the project was delayed. Johnsonville became a ghost town the second time. After selling at auction for $1.9 million in October 2014, the buyer's financing fell through and the town is once again, up for sale.
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If an entire town is too big for your tastes, check out the Gustav Mayer house located on Staten Island, New York.
Up for sale at 2.31 million, this 7,700 sq.ft. 10-bedroom house is undergoing some renovation. The mansion was owned by Gustav A. Mayer, a 19th-century inventor and creator of the Nabisco Nilla sugar-cookie recipe. He died in 1918, but his two daughters, Paula and Emilie, stayed in the mansion until beyond their 100th birthdays. The two women never went outside and sequestered themselves in just two bedrooms for the better part of a century. Developing an elaborate pulley system, they were able to bring in groceries, mail and anything else they needed from outside. Their ghosts are said to roam the hallways.