The $300,000 Igloo

Own an Alaskan landmark


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Anyone who’s driven up Parks Highway to Denali National Park and Preserve has seen it—a massive urethane igloo hunched over on the side of the road.

And if you have a spare $300,000, you can buy the famous Alaskan landmark, according to the Associated Press.  

For that price, you’ll own the 80-foot high structure, which was built about four decades ago over a plywood shell and is definitely showing signs of age. Never completed, the igloo hasn’t ever attracted anything except tourists and vandals, who once exploded firecrackers inside the building before it was boarded up.    

But the $300,000 will also get you the 38-acre site where the building sits. And that might be where the true covet-worthy value lies, at least according to property owner Brad Fisher.

The beautiful location in Alaska’s interior offers phenomenal hiking, snowmobiling, and backcountry skiing opportunities—perfect for some entrepreneur looking to open a seasonal restaurant or hotel. Of course, starting a viable business (and getting the building up to code) is going to cost much more than $300,000. For starters, there’s no available electricity from the grid. 

So if you have deep pockets and time on your hands, consider moseying up north to buy the ultimate Alaskan cliché.