8 Properties That Straddle Borders

1Own a fixer upper that sits on the border of the U.S. and Canada

This 7,000-square-foot fixer-upper with thick granite walls, 1950s decor, and armed 24-hour security provided by both Canada and the United States, is up for grabs.

The home is currently divided into five vacant apartments and sits on a quarter-acre lot that straddles the border between Beebe Plain, Vermont, and Stanstead, Quebec. The structure is sound but needs lots of work and has an estimated rebuild cost of about $600,000. It is on the market for $109,000.

Known locally as the Old Stone Store, the home was built in 1782 by a merchant so he could sell to farmers in both Vermont and Quebec. Brian DuMoulin and his wife, Joan, inherited it about 40 years ago. It has entrances from the United States and Canada and—over the years—agents have come to know the people who lived there and allowed them to move back and forth freely, as long as they stay in the house or the tiny yard.

2A post office is the dividing line between two states

The Texarkana U.S. Post Office and Federal Building straddles the border between Arkansas and Texas. It is a courthouse of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Texarkana's downtown street grid is interrupted by the north-south path of State Line Avenue, which separates Texas and Arkansas. The federal building occupies the sole site in the center of the street, and the structure, built in 1933, is unique in that no other federal building in the country is sited in two states.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

3A border wall with Mexico will cut across a Native tribe's sacred land

The proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would run right through Native lands, and tribal leaders in the region say it would desecrate sacred sites.

The reservation straddles the U.S.-Mexico border about an hour south of Tucson, and the Tohono O'odham people believe their creator lives in the holiest of rocks, Baboquivari Peak. President Trump's wall would cut across this mountain range—as well as sacred burial ground.

"Over my dead body will we build a wall," says Verlon Jose, vice chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation. He says they're not asking the Trump administration to get out, but instead to compromise.

The Tohono O'odham feel like outsiders. Tribal members are U.S. citizens who can cross onto the Mexico side of the reservation. But since Sept. 11, 2001, they are restricted to one entry point on the reservation or U.S. ports of entry hours away. Trump says his plan to build a wall and to hire significantly more federal agents will stop border crossings.

4The state line that divides a swimming pool

The Cal-Neva Lodge was built in 1926 and by the 1930s became a favorite getaway for the rich and famous along the California-Nevada border. Frank Sinatra even once owned it. It has been closed for renovations for nearly three years; however, the property owners are bankrupt, and new construction has ground to a halt. In better days, its pool (seen above) straddled the dividing line between the two states.

5The farm straddling both sides of the Irish border

David Crockett's farm is located in Derry/Londonderry, on the dividing line between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Since the Good Friday Agreement came into effect in 1999, the 300-mile Irish border between north and south has virtually evaporated. David and his neighbors have made the most of the newfound peace, significantly prospering in the process.

But that could soon change. As Britain braces for a messy divorce with the European Union, residents of Derry—who overwhelmingly voted to remain— believe the split will have devastating consequences.

For David and his farm, big changes loom large once Northern Ireland leaves the EU. For one, toiling the Irish Republic side of his land will become significantly more challenging, as different regulations and a bevy of tariffs will apply.

There is also the machinery. In a post-EU Northern Ireland, he expects he will no longer be able to drive his tractors from one side of the border to the other. The solution? “I have been told I will have to move my entire business out there and buy new machinery. I will eventually have to split the farm and hand over the Irish side to my son.”

Residents don't want to go back to a time when they had to pass through army checkpoints to cross to either side of the Irish isle. But with both the UK and the EU failing to offer any concrete alternatives, the border issue is now preying on their minds.

6A hotel straddles the border between Switzerland and France

The Hotel Arbez lies in a quiet Alpine La Cure village, and it's the only hotel in the world to straddle two countries.

Situated along the French-Swiss border, it was originally a bar and grocery store that was built shortly before the Switzerland/France border went into effect in 1862. It became a hotel in 1921.
Today, the friendly country inn takes advantage of its dual-citizenship and is popular with tourists who relish having one foot in one France and the other in Switzerland.

The divided restaurant service Swiss food on one side and French food on its other side. A number of its beds, which includes the honeymoon suite, straddle the line— visitors can sleep with their upper body in France and their lower body in Switzerland.

7A conference table is the dividing line between North and South Korea

At the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) blue UN-built conference rooms are the dividing line between North and South Korea. On any given day, a single North Korean soldier stands immobile, looking down at half a dozen South Korean soldiers who stare back towards him, and the row of tourists behind them.

Inside the main meeting room, two South Korean soldiers watch over an empty polished table. It's small and unimposing, about the size of a modest classroom. The border runs through the middle of the conference room, right through the table where the North and South Koreans sit down for talks.

8The world's largest energy collider sits on the border of Switzerland and France

CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) operates the largest particle physics laboratory in the world and straddles the border between France and Switzerland.

CERN's site is open for tours if you are in the area, but as it is located on either side of the border, you might unknowingly cross it during your visit. Depending on your nationality, you may require a Schengen visa, which covers 26 countries (Schengen States) without border controls between them. (France and Spain are included that number.) Check with your consulate or embassy before taking the trip!

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