Good question! It had nothing to do with the school itself. We loved the school and we even tried to hold onto it, even though we’ve moved to Mexico. But the building needs caretakers. We’ve realized that over the past year. And our lives are firmly taking root in Mexico. Going back and forth between our home in Nebraska and Mexico is too stressful. So we decided to sell!
No. There is a broken pipe that burst over the winter, but John and I have decided to wait to get it fixed until we find new owners. In some ways, it would have been easier/better perhaps to fix the pipe rather than having to write an FAQ about it, but if the school sits on the real estate market for a while, we figured it would be better to leave the pipe and the plumbing as is, rather than risk another winter leak from having pipes freeze. The burst pipe is an easy fix and we’ll pay for it. Otherwise, the plumbing, electrical, roof, structure, are all fine.
In the main dwelling space, there are technically 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, but on second floor, there is an apartment. The apartment has a master bedroom and two “lofts” that each have bedding too.
And the 4 bedrooms on the first floor are quite large. Two of them are about 20’ x 20’. One has a walk-in closet. The third is actually another sitting area with a bedroom, en suite bathroom and walk-in closet attached. This bedroom could easily be its own apartment. On the lower level, there is also an additional 20’ x 20’ room where additional bedrooms could be built easily.
We’re selling the school as an Brule/Ogallala For Sale by Owner property to keep the price lower on it. Normally, Ogallala realtors take 7-10% of the final cost of the property, so by selling it ourselves, we were able to lower the price.
Brule is a tiny town located about 7 minutes from Ogallala via the highway or I-80. Many of the houses for sale in Ogallala aren’t located any closer (time-wise) to things like Walmart or Shopko than homes for sale in Brule, NE which is why a lot of people are looking more closely at Brule as a good place to live. Brule is a quiet community. It’s extremely easy to get to the interstate from Brule. The streets are wide and wherever you live in the town, the park, the jogging track, Activity/fitness center, and the outdoor basketball court is within walking distance
We’re offering the school for such an affordable price for several reasons. The first reason is because we don’t have a loan on the property. We own the building outright and now that we’ve moved to Mexico, we want to sell it as quickly as possible. Because we don’t owe money on the building and we never have, we want to sell at a competitive price, even though it’s market value is higher. We’re ready to sell and move on with our lives. The second reason is that we know that a lot of Americans don’t have the money to pay half a million dollars for a building like this without a loan; and getting a loan for a non-traditional building like this can be a challenge. Banks don’t want to loan money for a non-traditional building like this, so we wanted to offer the building for a reasonable price.
Brule is 22 minutes from the lake.
One of the advantages of living in Brule over a lake-front property is that in the winter months, the property is well-connected to Ogallala, Denver, and North Platte via well-maintained roads. The school is close to both the lake as well as the interstate, which means that it’s possible to own and operate a business in the building year round, versus having a very distinct on-season and off-season, which is something businesses at the lake contend with.
Each of the small towns in western Nebraska has its own culture based around its historical past. For example, Brule and Ogallala are very different even though they’re only 20 minutes apart from each other. Brule was a grain-farming community that was very family-oriented in comparison with Ogallala. Ogallala, in contrast was a Wild West town that built up to serve single, men: cowboys primarily. Ogallala, retains vestiges of its past and today, as a tourist town, it’s less cohesive than Brule. The Ogallala school system has more drug issues than the school system in Big Springs (which is about 10 minutes from Brule in the opposite direction). While Brule is very quiet and family-oriented, Ogallala is much more of a party-town (so to speak). That’s not to say that Ogallala isn’t inhabited by family-oriented people, but just that the overall vibe in Ogallala is different.
Further, Ogallala is a much bigger city. So it’s harder to walk to green spaces or to see the sun setting. Brule, on the other hand is a small town where everyone has easy walking-access to the park and the outdoor (and indoor) basketball courts. It’s easy to walk to the edge of town and watch the sun set or go for a jog or bike ride in total isolation along rolling country roads if you want.
Because Brule is afflicted with less traffic, it’s easier in many ways to get customers to your door. Interstate advertising can direct customers right into town and, on the flip side, when you want to go to the nearby Walmart or further afield to Denver, it’s quick and easy to get on the interstate.
Ogallala properties rarely offer as much space as what’s available at the school (5 city lots) and the school in Brule is a well-known historical landmark in the area.
No. The old school isn’t registered as an historic building so you’d be free to renovate it however you’d like!
No, because Ogallala realty works differently than in other states/cities. Real estate agents in Ogallala, NE don’t use MLS so our property isn’t listed on the MLS system. And each real estate agent in Ogallala only does showings for the properties that they list themselves. Ogallala realtors represent both the buyer and the seller in any given real estate transaction. So if you find Ogallala real estate or homes for sale in Brule, NE that you want to see, you’ll have to contact that real estate agent who lists the property. For a for sale by owner property like this one, simply contact Jennifer Shipp at [email protected] and she’ll set up a showing for you with someone in the area. John or Jennifer will be able to answer any questions you have about the property after you’ve seen it.