An Entire West Virginia Town That Was Formerly a Spy Base Is for Sale

May 27, 2016

If you have $1 million just sitting around and dream of living out the premise to M. Night Shymalan’s psychological thriller The Village, have we got a deal for you.

An entire town, which was once part of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance operation, includes 80 single-family homes, a fire station, a swimming pool and a bowling alley in picturesque rural West Virginia, is up for auction with bids starting at $1 million.

A former naval base that hosted super-secret NSA surveillance activities, Sugar Grove Station was retired last fall and is now being auctioned off by the U.S. General Services Administration. Bidding requires a $100,000 deposit and opened in February, but no bids have yet been entered. The facility held its second open house Thursday.

The town, according to the GSA, Sugar Grove Station includes more than 120 acres of “lovely tree-lined streets” with several large buildings, a water tower, a youth day care center, basketball, tennis and racquetball courts, a football field and a “community center, with fireplace, configured to function as a restaurant/club with a bar area,” all contained within a fenced-in “self-sustaining community.” It’s the perfect facility for a new summer camp. Or a cult.

Tucked into an isolated area surrounded by the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, the town is less than three hours from Washington, D.C. but could hardly be more divorced from the bustle of the capital—your cell phone won’t even work there. The town is located in the United States National Radio Quiet Zone, a federally designated area in which electronic communications are strictly regulated.

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