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Military base town with 27 occupied homes, cafe and post office for sale

A New Mexico town that housed military men from 1860 until it was abandoned in 1910 is up for sale for $11 million, The Post has learned.

The potential buyer would be getting an original trading post with Fort Wingate, which spans over 7,000 square feet and includes a café, a post office and even a gas station. It also comes with a massive parking lot that currently houses over 80 RVs as well as 27 rental homes, all of which are “100 percent occupied,” according to the listing.

Mark Price of Realty One Group Concierge, who is representing the listing, told The Post that the café and gas station stopped operating once the town was listed for sale due to logistics.

Fort Wingate has only been on the market since Nov. 5.

“It’s been in the family since 1946,” Price revealed. “The current owner has lived there his entire life. He has never been outside the lines of the town and the family now wants to spend the rest of time traveling.”

“With all the current rentals and commercial operations in the town, the owner has been managing the town for decades,” Price explained. “He is the fire chief, the police and the landlord. It’s time to pass on the baton.”

The property spans over 18 acres.
The property spans over 18 acres.
"The cafe"
“The Lost Oasis Cafe”
Fort Wingate gas station.
Fort Wingate’s gas station.
The market.
The Fort Wingate post office.
Ft. Wingate founded in 1866, very rare opportunity to own a piece of history.
The town, founded in 1866, is a very rare opportunity to own a piece of history.
The building was once used as the captain's quarters.
The building was once used as the captain’s quarters.
The town was listed for sale on November 5, 2021.
The town was listed for sale on Nov. 5, 2021.

The post office, which is located inside the cafe, is still functioning, Price revealed. And a school is only 250 feet from the town.

Across the street is the abandoned military base, which was also used to store explosives from World War I and World War II.

The town, which spans a colossal 18 acres, later built the rental units a decade later, in 1956 after the current family took over.

Price revealed that the town is sacred due to its surroundings.

Officers of the Sixth Cavalry pose outside the headquarter building at Fort Wingate. Captain Stanton (far left) is one of the individuals pictured.
Officers of the Sixth Cavalry pose outside the headquarter building at Fort Wingate. Captain Stanton (far left) is one of the individuals pictured.
Apache scouts drilling with rifles, Fort Wingate, New Mexico.
Apache scouts drilling with rifles in Fort Wingate, New Mexico.
Some of the bullet shellings and weapons stored over time.
Some of the bullet shellings and weapons stored over time.
Historic photos.
Historic photos of the town.

“Sitting down with the owners and hearing about the Buffalo soldiers and the Navajo code talkers (that graced this land) is what made me take on this project,” Price said. “Being in the center of the Wingate, surrounded by Navajo, Zuni, BLM (Bureau of Land Management), BIE, National Forest and the old fort, which are all within walking distance is what makes this property so unique.” 

According to Price, some film studios have already approached them about turning the place into a movie set, while maintaining the RVs and residential units.

“If the new owner decides they don’t want the residents or occupants any longer, they have the choice to do so. But ideally, we are looking for someone that would want to take over the business and rentals,” Price added.

Per: NYP

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