Lots of people would love a vacation home in Europe — but how about a whole village?

By Andrea Romano
May 29, 2020
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Credit: Christie’s International Real Estate

Christie’s International Real Estate released a statement on Thursday that the tiny village of Sätra Brunn, in Sala, Sweden, is now for sale.

The Swedish village, located about 90 minutes from Stockholm, has a rich, 300-year history and is famous for being a popular spa destination, according to Christie’s. First established in the 1700s by a medical officer named Samuel Skragge, who discovered a natural mineral spring in what is now known as Sätra Brunn and bought the surrounding 60 acres of land, according to the New York Times.

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When he first bought the land, Skragge built a well, a well house, a bathhouse, a church, a hospital, and housing in order to encourage visitors to come to the village and experience the healing waters for themselves. Spa villages like this were popular wellness destinations, even 300 years ago. Today, there are about 70 structures on the land, including a conference center, restaurant, an indoor pool, sauna, and gym, as well as many structures that could make good personal homes when the village is sold, according to the New York Times. The village also has been bottling its natural spring water since 2015.

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Skragge not only created a place for visitors to relax, but he also monitored their diets and encouraged daily exercise. “Sätra Brunn prided itself on inclusiveness. All were welcome to enjoy the waters. Guests were, as well, with a proviso to drink the water each day, then stroll the parks,” it says in the statement from Christie’s. Apparently, guests were also told to avoid “controversial discussions” so as not to “disrupt the water’s healing properties.”

According to the New York Times, the village has not only been a wellness retreat, but also a holistic research and treatment center associated with Uppsala Academy between 1747 to 1999. In 2002, the village was sold to a group of entrepreneurs and was run as a spa as well as a wedding, event, and concert venue.

Now that most of the current owners are approaching middle age or retirement, they are looking for “other people who can take care of [the village],” according to the New York Times. The ideal candidate would work not only on updating the village as they see fit but also be dedicated to preserving its history.

The asking price for this spa village begins at $7,295,923 USD, according to Christie’s. The offering including the 60 acres of land plus an additional 84 acres of undeveloped land. Bids will be accepted until May 31.

For more information, visit the Christie’s International Real Estate website.