Other towns that have gone on sale typically include a much smaller cast of full-timers. Wauconda has few -- if any -- residents beyond its owners, while another for-sale town, Garryowen, Mont., the site of Gen. George Armstrong Custer's ill-advised attack on Sitting Bull's camp, can also claim just a handful of year-round residents.
So why does Pray's population number nearly 200? As it turns out, a great majority of residents reportedly live outside the town's five-acre area, but the Census Bureau still considers them residents, according to The Daily.
Town owner Barbara Walker told The Daily that she's selling the town because she'd prefer not to continue to manage it alone; her husband died in 2006. Understandable, we'd say, considering the demanding roles she must play aside from being its de facto mayor. "I'm the sheriff and the garbage control and the animal control officer," she told The Daily.
Others who've had to give up the towns they've owned include actress Kim Basinger. The "Batman" star bought the town of Braselton, Ga., for $20 million in 1989 but went bankrupt, dashing her dreams of turning it into a haven for the film community. Ultimately, a land developer picked up the place.
For all the house porn addicts, mind-blowing price tags, tens of thousands of square feet and double staircases are enough to satisfy their cravings for residential eye candy. At some point, however, those staples of grandeur might lose their luster. And if that sad day does arrive, they'll be left wondering what went wrong.
But house oglers shouldn't despair: As it turns out, there's a whole other world of rich, eye-pleasing properties that can rekindle the magic: conversions. And we're not just referring to your regular old office-to-co-op conversions -- we're talking much bigger stuff -- missile silos, nuclear plants, churches, to name a few.
Click through our gallery to see some of the most offbeat, quirky conversions around.
This conversion may not be a home, but we're making an exception because, come on -- how can you give the short shrift to an amusement park that's been constructed out of a nuclear plant? Giving a 1 million pound reactor quite the makeover, Wunderland theme park is in Kalkar, Germany, and features hotel rooms, bars, amusement park rides and restaurants.
Touted as the world's most sophisticated nuclear plant, construction on the reactor began in 1972. But Chernobyl was a huge buzz, and prompted public outcry noisy enough to halt its construction. It sat dormant until a Dutch businessman snatched it up and transformed it into an entertainment complex that sees 600,000 visitors a year.
Built in 1892, this home was the "Ships of the Sea Museum" until it underwent a full-blown makeover that transformed it into a luxury home. The home offers stunning views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The home has an elevator that lifts you up through three stories brimming with "custom finishes and fine craftsmanship," according to the listing. You can also use the home's winding glass staircase if you want a little exercise.
How about that! Apparently, a residence in Soest, Utrecht, Netherlands rests inside the sturdy shell of a what used to be a water tower. By the looks of a blueprint of the tower we found on TreeHugger.com, the structure has 7 floors.
Location: Carmel Valley, Calif.
Price: $2.95 million
Sq. Ft.: 21,718
With Armageddon just around the corner (according to the Mayans), house hunters may want to start thinking about how to ride out all that impending fire and brimstone. This converted 10-story satellite dish built to withstand a five-megaton nuclear hit is one option.