Who owns the “Post Office” or more specifically the USPS? Technically, it’s the U.S. Federal Government. However, it’s classified as an “independent establishment of the executive branch of the Government of the U.S.” and operates independently of government control, run by its own non-political directors.
But, right here in this little VA eastern shore town of under 550, both the lot AND apparently the building that currently houses the Onley, VA post office are for sale.
Nope, this is NOT a joke folks.
YES, this is the VA town we’re living in until our home, The Frog & PenguINN, sells and Grenville and I can relocate to northern climes, closer to grandkids.
SEEMS most things have a price these days, and this bargain can be had for $250,000 — only a quarter of a million dollars.
While this may seem like an early April Fool’s joke, it’s NOT. That sign is really outside the property and appeared there this week. It’s placed near a home, possibly some folks think it’s a residential listing. But these photos and details from the listing website leave no doubt that it’s not.
List Price: $250,000
Water Frontage (Feet) +/-:
Water View-Wide Long Limited:
Year Built +/-: 1960
Sq Ft +/-: 1840
# Restrooms: 0
Lot Size +/-: .333
Current Use: Office, Business Service, Other-See Remarks
Exterior: Brick and Block
Heating System: Circulating Hot Water, Boiler
Cooling System: Central A/C, Heat Pump
Water/Sewer: Well Water, Septic System
Access: Interstate 1 mile or Less, City Street, Paved Road
Floors: Concrete Slab/Grade, Vinyl/Asphalt/Tile
Roof System: Steel Joists, Built-Up
Parking: 0-10 Spaces
C&I Features: Loading Dock, Lifts, Delivery Doors
Miscellaneous: 220 Volts, Office up to 2500 Sq Ft
It seems that the building and parking lot are privately owned and the post office pays a monthly rental. Word is that the current owner wants to sell high to make a profit — doesn’t everyone these days?
Grenville and I were wondering IF a new owner could oust the current tenant. We hope not cause we really like the P.O. staff who are always friendly, cheerful and helpful. We’ve come to know the clerks in our nearly 8 years of living here. Here in Onley, folks living on Main Street have house delivery; those of us living on back streets have an assigned P.O. box in this building. Even though we plan to relocate, we hope they are not forced to do so prematurely.
Any prospective buyer would be located right in the center of downtown Onley, VA on the corner of Main St and Coastal Blvd.
All the photos are taken from the realty listing, except for the For Sale sign which was photographed this week.
Since I was curious about the availability of post offices, I did some online research. I found out that those in the market for a new office building or warehouse, riverfront property, a site located near downtown stores, or maybe in a suburban office park should check out options offered by the The U.S. Postal Service.
In 2011, the USPS launched USPSPropertiesforSale.com, a site listing more than 90 post offices and mail distribution centers that it’s hoping to sell to generate revenue and cut operational costs. The site works like any other online real estate site: Type in a state and city, ideal price, and then browse options.
Everything has a price.