Here’s How You Can Live In America’s Newest National Park

How does an extended vacation to the newest national park in America sound? If you have the time, funding, and inclination, you can permanently live in Indiana Dunes National Park for free. Sort of.

Indiana Dunes National Park just opened in February of 2019. It’s the nation’s newest national park and is already making headlines for offering a pretty unique opportunity. Indiana Landmarks is searching for someone to live in a strange-looking home overlooking Lake Michigan free of charge.

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The home is known as the House of Tomorrow and it was built in 1933 for the Chicago World’s Fair. At the time, the home was totally state-of-the-art – it offered air conditioning and a dishwasher, which were unheard of at the time. Over the years, the building has fallen into disrepair. That’s why the park is offering a 50-year rent-free sublease to anyone willing to commit to restoring the property.

Though they won’t be paying rent, the new tenants will be footing the bill for renovations. Those are estimated to cost between $2.5 and $3 million, so this isn’t exactly an opportunity for everyone. Still, the chance to live in this historic home might be worth that hefty price tag.

For more information and to submit a proposal, visit the Indiana Landmarks website here.