Mausoleum Market Just As Competitive As Real Estate Market
|Ulysses S. Grant's tomb, Riverside Park. Not for sale.|
Apparently there are tons of empty mausoleums, available to those who are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for a place to store their decaying remains.
In New York, where so much of daily life seems to revolve around real estate, it stands to reason that big-money prices and maxims like "location, location, location" figure in death as well. Mausoleums change hands just like two-bedroom co-ops or six-story walk-ups. And with cemeteries running short on space, cemetery officials have been known to call descendants who own long-empty gravesites or mausoleums, and suggest a sale.
Macabre as it might seem to buy someone else's tomb, people are doing it, and spending upwards of $750,000 for it. Chump change, I guess, when you'll be installed there for eternity!