This Abandoned Waterfront Village in New Zealand Could Be Yours for $1.8 Million

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If the thought of having a charming lakeside village all to yourself appeals to you, check out this listing in New Zealand. As The Guardian reports, Lake Waitaki Village—an early-20th-century community that has sat practically abandoned for decades—is currently on the market for about $1.8 million.

Lake Waitaki Village was constructed in the 1930s to accommodate workers constructing the Waitaki Dam in southern New Zealand. The settlement continued to house people through the following years—boasting a population of 3000 at its peak—but since the dam became automated in 1989, it's been a virtual ghost town. The government sold Lake Waitaki to a private buyer in 1991, and in 1995 the village was declared a protected historical site. It's been bought and sold several times in recent decades.

The residents may have left the area, but Lake Waitaki Village still resembles a small community from the outside. The listing includes eight three-bedroom houses, nine garages, a lodge, a restaurant, and water rights—all on 35 acres of land. In addition to the real estate, the new owner will also get stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

New Zealand recently passed a law forbidding foreign non-residents from buying homes in the country, but despite the new restriction, the village has received plenty of interest from potential buyers. If you live in New Zealand, even part-time, you can make an inquiry about the listing here.

[h/t The Guardian]

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The 10 Most Visited National Parks in 2019

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The U.S. National Park System comprises more than 400 sites, 62 of which are national parks. Within the parks, visitors can explore forests, deserts, volcanoes, and more. But even with the diversity the National Park System has to offer, many visitors find themselves going to the same iconic parks year after year. To see the most-visited national parks in 2019, check out the list below.

This list comes from recreational visitation data gathered by the National Park Service. It doesn't include national monuments, parkways, or similar units—just the sites with the official "national park" designation.

The Great Smoky Mountains tops the list with roughly 12.5 million visits last year. Stretching across five counties in North Carolina and Tennessee, it's less than a day's drive away for one-third of the U.S. population. The accessibility plus the free admission and gorgeous mountain scenery help make it the country's most popular national park.

It's followed by Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park, which saw 5.97 million visits in 2019 to witness its world-famous views. Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park takes third place with 4.7 million visits, and Utah's Zion National Park takes fourth with 4.5 million. Read on for the full top 10.

The National Park Service was established just over a century ago, and it's amassed a fascinating history. Here are some more facts about the United States's national parks.

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  2. Grand Canyon National Park
  3. Rocky Mountain National Park
  4. Zion National Park
  5. Yosemite National Park
  6. Yellowstone National Park
  7. Acadia National Park
  8. Grand Teton National Park
  9. Olympic National Park
  10. Glacier National Park