Missouri's eerie $1.6bn ghost town of Ozarks 'McMansions'

Ghost towns aren't merely a thing of the past. This strangely lifeless community of abandoned houses in Missouri was once a potential luxury development with a $1.6 billion price tag.

Discover the mysteries of this unsettling hamlet of abandoned mansions. 

However, the opulent property was left to the elements after becoming the focus of one of the biggest real estate fraud investigations the US has ever seen

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

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McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

For those who made the decision to purchase houses at the projected Indian Ridge Resort Community, what was initially intended to be a magnificent, multibillion-dollar development quickly turned into a nightmare

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

This creepy location, sometimes referred to as the McMansion ghost town, is evidence that you can't actually purchase everything with money.

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

In 2006, plans for the opulent neighbourhood in Branson West, Missouri, were unveiled. The project's estimated completion cost was $1.6 billion.

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

Interested investors were assured that the cutting-edge Ozarks estate would have everything a millionaire could want, including a retail centre, a five-star hotel, and hundreds of modern, castle-like homes.

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

The community would never materialise, which was unfortunate for individuals who made investments in the idea. When the financial crisis struck, bank loans went into default and construction stopped immediately.

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

In spite of 15 years, the 900-acre complex has only been completed with 13 residences. The abandoned mansions are anything but opulent after being left to rot

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

Even the couple who own the YouTube channel Our 80s Life travelled to the location to film an intriguing video on how the sinister neighbourhood is today.

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

You can clearly see the development's ambition up close. Grand, unfinished mansions that have fallen victim to Mother Nature can be seen in the distinctive ghost town.

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

The inside of the houses are overrun with weeds and trees, and many of the windows are broken or missing

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

In 2017, the infamous abandoned estate served as the focus of one of the biggest real estate fraud investigations in American history. According to KY3

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA

at least three of the community's developers were jailed for bank fraud and money laundering. In addition, those found guilty have been ordered to repay the $14 million they fraudulently borrowed.

McMansion ghost town, Missouri, USA