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Real estate $399,000 • Woodshop Equipment & Retail Inventory $75,000 - Let's make a deal...

One building, two addresses - 518 Grant Street (commercial) and 606 6th. Avenue (residential), Belle Fourche SD 57717 (Map)

About the area
If you've always dreamed of moving out West, the Black Hills are a breathtakingly beautiful destination. The climate is quite moderate compared to the rest of the state, and the Hills are teeming with wildlife. You'll never run out of things to do and places to see - from rodeos and Rushmore to Wind Cave, Devil's Tower, forests and lakes, the Badlands, Deadwood, Hot Springs and the City of Presidents, to name a few.There are ample services here, too - Rapid City is a regional hub for trade, travel and healthcare. And Belle Fourche itself is steeped in cowboy culture - it's home to two World Champion bareback riders and the oldest continual rodeo in the U.S.A. It's also the Geographical Center of the Nation. The city's name comes from the French for The Beautiful Fork, and the town sits on the confluence of Hay Creek, the Redwater and the Belle Fourche rivers.
  About the Building
At approximately 7,150 square feet (there are 3,575 on each of two levels, and the exterior measures approximately 65' x 56') this surprisingly energy efficient sandstone structure was the Belle Fourche City Hall for its first 70 years. It was dedicated on the Fourth of July in 1937 and the current owners purchased it in 2007. Construction began as a WPA project in 1935, with sandstone that was quarried about three miles south of town. There is no basement, the walls are up to two feet thick, and the roof is a barrel vault (it follows the curved bow shape on the north wall from front to back). There's an unusable attic space and the property is limited to the footprint of the building. There's a small city park to the south with a huge spruce tree that the City still decorates for the Christmas holidays, and to the west is a parking lot.
A block north of the building is the Belle Fourche River, a riverside park, and the Tri-state Museum and Visitor Center. A block south is State Street, the town's historic main street. Belle Fourche is home to about 6,000 residents, an indoor pool/rec center, a golf course and the rodeo grounds. The town lies at the north end of the ancient Black Hills. Rapid City is about 45 minutes away.
(Click on the thumbnails throughout to see larger images.)

The Living Space/Apartment

    This is an area of about 1,600 square feet that includes three bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower, a small galley kitchen (with plenty of room to extend), and a 600 square foot living/dining room with tall ceilings and southern exposure. The current owners had three new furnaces installed in the building in about 2010, and the entire plumbing in the building is also new within the last ten years. The living area is air conditioned.
The two images above are of the sitting area, and the two at right are of the dining area in the same large room. Below are two pictures of the downstairs bathroom, and then one each of the second and third bedrooms. Below those are two images of the main bedroom.  
The smallest bedroom currently serves as a home office with a large desk and bookshelves, and it also has a bunkbed for visiting grandchildren.
Like the other bedrooms, the master is relatively small (the existing walls from the City Hall days determined the room sizes), but it does have a nice closet and a TV shelf. There are also lots of bookshelves.  
        The kitchen is quite small but there is an adjacent room (currently used for storage) that could easily be added to it. The cabinets are painted, the counterop is granite tile, and the appliances are good quality stainless steel.

The upstairs bathroom...



Click here for a downstairs floorplanClick here for an upstairs floorplan (large files)

The Garage and the Retail Space

There is a heated garage (about 14-1/2' x 29') with a new overhead door that's about 10' tall and 9' wide. And the rest of the lower level in the building is a 1,000 square foot retail/gallery space with a desk area. This used to be the Council Chambers when the building was City Hall.  

The Woodshop

The current owners of the building are woodworking writer John English (website) and his wife, Dr. Meg English. John may be familiar to woodworkers who read any of the major magazines, as he has been writing articles and books about woodworking for thirty years. He has been with Woodshop News for the past 26 years and has been publishing WoodEzine since 2003.
What's included here is the machinery, tools and related items in the workshop (see photos below), plus the physical inventory for the retail store/gallery. The owners will supply a list of all the stores that have purchased books over the years (almost 100 in the area), but this is not a business that's for sale. It's just the physical tools, equipment and inventory. The new oeners can decide whether they want to build as a hobby, do furniture repair, make custom pieces, run a store or a gallery and so on.
John's woodshop is well-equipped, spacious, bright, with high ceilings and solid oak floors. It's on the second floor so projects and materials need to be carried up and down the 6-foot wide stairs. There is room for a freight elevator, and a local welder says he can install one rather economically. For now, it's the stairs.
The shop is equipped with all the main machines, a nice assortment of clamps and hand tools, and several dust collectors. John is retiring and his jigs will remain with the shop, as will the workbench that he built for the cover of Woodworker's Journal, the toolcart that he built for the cover of Woodcraft magazine, and the hand tool cabinet that he built for American Woodworker. Also included is the sharpening station he built for his book A Woodworker's Guide to Sharpening, and the pivot fence router table he built for American Woodworker.
The store downstairs (see the two images above) contains some inventory of bowls and furniture, a few tools, and a fairly sizeable inventory of books that John wrote, including perhaps a thousand copies of his Black Hills history book which retails for $29.95. All of the inventory is included with the woodshop.
Here are some pictures of the shop...

In addition to the woodshop, the upstairs has a full bathroom plus four unfinished rooms that could become a rental unit or more living space.

To set up a viewing or to get answers to your questions, please contact Dallarie Davis at (605) 490-4001, email