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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10430733.stm

Offers have been flooding in for an isolated village in New Zealand that is on sale for just over US$700,000 (£465,400).

Up for sale in Otira are a pub, a fire station, a village hall and 18 houses that lie in the Arthur's Pass National Park in New Zealand's Southern Alps.

Otira has been put on the market by its owners, who plan to retire.

Interest has come from as far afield as Asia and Scandinavia.

The remote spot, which is overlooked by spectacular snowcapped mountains, is on a major highway and a historic railway line.

World interest

The TranzAlpine train that ferries holiday-makers from Christchurch to Greymouth rumbles through twice a day.

Christine Hennah has owned the village for more than a decade with her husband but now wants to retire.

She says interest has come in from around the world.

"We have kind of been inundated with emails and phone calls and whatever and I'm just handing them on to a land agent now because I couldn't handle them all.

"I've had a person from China ring me about buying the place. I had several from Australia ring, lots from New Zealand.

There was somebody else - I'm not sure where he was from - Norway or Sweden, somewhere like that.

"And it is just a beautiful place to live."

Stunning it may well be, but winters in Otira, which is 1,000 metres above sea level, can be very cold and windy.

Still, the 44 people who live in the former railway hub say its rugged beauty is hard to beat and would be an ideal retreat for anyone looking to escape the stresses of life in the city.

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Crazy thing is they bought the place they want to sell for 1 million, for a mere 80k 12 years ago.

If it was only worth 80k then, it sure ain't worth a million now.

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Guest X-QUORK

If it was only worth 80k then, it sure ain't worth a million now.

Everything's been painted white you fool, of course it's worth a million now.

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Guest Skinty

Sounds like the ideal place that I'd want to live. Unfortunately I have absolutely no money!

Still, plans are afoot!

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Guest theboltonfury

I like the way they'd been inundated with four calls.

Is your avatar Seasick Stevie?

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Is your avatar Seasick Stevie?

Noodle's God - as he changed his avatar I thought I'd use it instead.

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Noodle's God - as he changed his avatar I thought I'd use it instead.

I'm a big fan of his stripped down style.

I really wasn't sure if it was him or WG Grace.

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    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


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