Tired of touring through homes that are only faux-historic? Not finding enough real marble flooring or Roman columns to suit your liking? The U.S. Postal Service has entered some unusual options onto the real estate market: Post offices. That’s right, they’re closing some of them down — around 200, at last count, in order to raise money and shift into lower-cost alternatives for office space.
Of course, an old post office doesn’t come with many home-like amenities. And their historic significance, in many instances, means that anyone who buys one should be prepared to comply with historic preservation rules — not to mention answer to a public that’s none too pleased about the way the Postal Service has been handling this process. (After one of the historic buildings it sold was torn down to make room for a Walgreens, it’s no wonder.)
But if you rent back some space to the Post Office itself — which it’s hoping to arrange, in some cases — you might never have to stand in long lines for stamps again!
For more information, see Save the Post Office, a website edited and administered by Steve Hutkins, a literature professor who teaches “place studies” at the Gallatin School of New York University.