Buying Land

Developed or undeveloped land; Reside in a place that is as unique and special as you are.

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Rule your world

Live in a friendly neighborhood or buy that private virtual island you've always dreamed of. Perhaps you'll become a landlord, or just host a party for your friends. Here, the weather never puts a damper on your plans.

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Create the place of your dreams

Whether you buy a few square meters or an entire island, land gives your creativity a blank canvas. Invite your friends to design and decorate your residence with you, or buy a pre-made home and have a housewarming party.

If you can imagine it, you can make it

In Second Life, there's always someone to talk to. Or dance with, learn from, perhaps even love. You can see the world without ever leaving your home. And here, there's no jet lag and the clubs are always open.

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A Place To Call Your Own

Personalize your home and really make it your own. Buy the palace you've always wanted, or build the abode of the future. Or think bigger — change the shape of the virtual world with your public attraction, virtual kingdom or megastore. Build the Eighth Wonder of the Virtual World.

Buying virtual land opens up a universe of possibilities. Once you have land, you can build or purchase objects to customize it and make it a part of your Second Life home. Whether you buy a hut or create a skyscraper, your land is your own creative canvas. And it's a lot less expensive than buying a house in the real world — so you can finally have that hot tub or ocean front view you've always craved.

A Place To Build and Customize

Think of your land as your home away from home — make it look and feel just like you want it to. In Second Life, you can design and arrange every inch of your living space, and even control things like the weather and time of day.

Create alone or construct together. Building in Second Life can be collaborative — invite your friends over to help design your new place, and make it a group effort. Then make furniture, art or a Ferris wheel in your backyard.

There are millions of items you can buy to spruce up your home. Vendors sell everything from prefab houses to space age kitchens to Olympic-sized swimming pools. Build and buy, mix and match. There are endless possibilities.

A Place That's Public... or Private

Buy a plot on the Mainland of Second Life, and you'll become a part of its vibrant community. Build an amusement park and invite the neighborhood, or hold a charity event and invite your friends. There are always plenty of people to meet and hang out with.

If you'd prefer a more personal experience, you can buy a Private Region, which allows you to hang out far away from the hustle and bustle. Establish your own private space to change your look before venturing out into the virtual world. With a Private Region, you can control who comes onto your land, the terrain — even the weather and time of day.

Another option is buying land as a group, and sharing it amongst all members. Create your own neighborhood with your friends, set up a movie theater with personalized screening rooms, or build a business, community center or library.

A Place to Do Business

Having land also means that you can start a business. Build a store selling whatever virtual creation or service you wish — millions of Second Life residents sell virtual products ranging from pets and houses to shoes and hang-gliders. Others use land to offer services like financial counseling or foreign language lessons. Advertise your business with Second Life Classifieds. With a bit of ingenuity and some luck, you might launch the next hit shop or boutique in Second Life!

Ever dream of becoming a land baron? Second Life has many successful virtual land entrepreneurs. Buy land, build a vacation resort or a high-rise condominium, and sell it for a profit. Add value to your land, or help build a popular new area, then sell it to the highest bidders in public auctions. Or just play landlord, and rent it out.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can there be land in Second Life?

The world of Second Life consists of nearly a half million acres of virtual land, and almost all of it belongs to other users, or Residents. As more new users join Second Life, we keep adding more and more virtual land - so the world actually gets bigger every day. Think of it this way: the world of Second Life is like a 3D version of the web, where you can explore and interact with everyone else who is using it at the same time. Virtual land is like a 3D web site: a blank space where you can make anything happen.

Why would I want to have land?

When you buy land in Second Life, it gives you a space that you can customize however you want, and a canvas where your creations can come to life. Land in Second Life is a place to call home, where you can invite friends to hang out, hold events, and more. Many of the virtual items you purchase in Second Life - like clothes, accessories and cars -- can be used anywhere, anytime. But if you purchase a house, a garden, or an entire forest, you're going to need somewhere to put them: your own plot of land!

Do I have to have land?

No. You can enjoy a lot of what Second Life has to offer without land - exploring the world, meeting people, joining groups and attending events. But having land of your own gives you a ton of additional opportunities, and can make your Second Life experience even more compelling and rewarding by offering you another way to express your creativity.

Why do I have to pay for land?

Getting virtual land in Second Life is a lot like getting a personal website: you can put whatever you want on it, but your site still needs storage space on a computer that is turned on and available on the Internet, 24/7. When you have land in Second Life, you're actually renting storage/server space at Linden Lab. Each piece of land takes up a certain amount of dedicated storage space - the more land, the more space. So, it's like renting a hard drive.

How do I find land that I can buy?

There are a few ways to find land in Second Life. If you're logged in using the Second Life software, you can go into the Search menu, and click on the Land tab. This will give you a sortable price list of different areas of land. Or, you can visit the web-based Land Store to bid on land auctions, find land for sale, or have Linden Lab create a new private island that meets your specific needs.

How do I buy land?

To buy land in Second Life, the first thing you'll need to do is set up an account. Then, once you've found the piece of land you want to buy, you can visit it and have a look around. If you like what you see, another click lets you buy it. In order to have land, you'll need to pay an initial fee to acquire it and get it set up, and then an ongoing fee for service and maintenance You'll find more detailed steps at the Knowledge Base.

Are there different kinds of land?

Yes, you have a few different options, depending on the kind of user experience you'd like. There is land available on the Mainland of Second Life, where you'll get the community experience- all land on the Mainland is interconnected, like one big continent. This means that on the mainland, you'll have neighbors living alongside you, people walking by outside and generally more socializing. There are also a variety of Private Region options if you'd like your own secluded land for more privacy, control and performance. There are several factors that can help you decide which kind of land is right for you, and you can find out more about all of the options in the Land Store.

Okay, I have land. Now what?

Once you have land, begin shopping around for a prefab home, shop or office- or learn how to build your own, and begin constructing your virtual masterpiece. For more information on buying things for your land, go here. For more information on building, go here. And congratulations: we can't wait to see what you're going to do with your new space!