Finally – a bit more than a year later, here’s Part 2 of Buying Land In Second Life! So I procrastinate, what can I say? That being said and while I still am motivated, let’s get right into it.
Part 1 of this series dealt with the question of buying land or renting through a middleman. Assuming that you’ve decided to buy and pay
Linden Lab directly instead of going through a third party and renting, this time we’re going to look at the question of “Where can I find land that’s for sale?”.
Second Life land is divided into private islands, buyable mainland, and Linden Land. Private islands are just that, private. Regions that are privately owned by individuals. You can buy your own private region, but it’s an expensive proposition and out of the scope of this article. Linden Land is also pretty self explanatory. It’s the protected land owned by Linden Lab encompassing such things as infohubs, roads, oceans and the like. The third category is what we’re going to be looking at. Mainland.
Mainland is just a fancy name for the continents of Second Life. Vast groups of regions pushed into big land masses that you can buy a little piece of for your own use.
I’m sure there’s countless ways of finding land for sale, but I’m going to focus on three – the world map, land search, and auctions.
The World Map
If you’re looking for land in a particular area or region, the world map is a great place to start. Let’s say I’m looking for some land in or around Phenywheny. I’ll open up the map and as of this writing I’ll see this:
The world map shows land for sale marked in yellow. So here we have parcels up for sale in Glookbone and Phenywheny. Often the yellow parcel will be accompanied by a little price tag which will give you some information about the sale when clicked on.
Clicking on the parcel in Phenywheny, I get some information to help me make an informed decision. I’ve got a small description provided by the seller, the size (512sqm), the number of prims it supports (117), the price being asked (L$54,495), and the price per square meter (L$106.4). The shape of the yellow marking is also the shape of the parcel. This information can help you narrow down and eliminate some properties from consideration – maybe the price is too high, the land is more or less of a size than you wanted, etc. Pan around the world map and check a few price tags and yellow parcels and once you find one, double click on it on the map to be teleported there for a first hand look. NEVER EVER BUY A PARCEL WITHOUT LOOKING AT IT IN PERSON! We’ll cover the reasons for this more thoroughly in a later article, but in a nutshell, you may end up next to a club, or sandwiched between four 50m tall buildings, or something similiar. If you’re not sure what or where the mainland is, if you zoom the world map all the way back, you see something like this:
You’re pretty much looking at Second Life at this point. See the big chunks down in the bottom right corner? Those are the mainland continents and the main spot you need to be looking at when you want to buy land. Zooming in a bit and just focussing on the continents gives you this:
Most of the big land masses you see here are Linden continents. A bit of a caveat here, some third parties buy several regions and create their own continents, so you need to watch for this when buying land. If in doubt, you can look at the land properties under the “Covenant” tab.
The properties on the left are for a private region. At the top you can see the estate is “New England”, and that an avatar owns it. On the right is a mainland parcel. The estate is “mainland” and the owner is “(nobody)”. If you’d like to deeper into the geography of the mainland and Second Life in general, Virtualchristine has a nice article on that here.
Searching the world map for land can be a bit hit or miss what with having to click on all those price tags or go to the parcel itself for information. There’s another way to go that’s a bit more precise, in-world search.
Here you can see the search box. Just bring up search and make sure you’re on the “Land Sales” tab. The drop down box on the top left lets you search for different kinds of land including auctions. I’ll choose “Mainland Sales” for this example. The options are pretty self explanatory, letting you search for land that’s under a certain price, greater than a certain size, and/or with a particular maturity rating. It’s worth noting here that all mainland with the exception of the Zindra continent is rated either General or Mature. Results here are clickable to show you more information over on the right with an option to teleport there. Name, price, area, price per sqm, and type are all laid out for you to look at and can be sorted on any column by clicking on the column name. Personally I think the 512m parcel in the middle for two billion linden may be a bit pricy though..
The last method I’ll cover here is Linden auctions. If a parcel is abandoned by the owner or seized by Linden Lab for non-payment of tier, it often ends up on auction to the highest bidder. These listings can be viewed on Second Life’s website here. Click where it says “Browse L$ Land Auctions” to see the current listings.
The listings will show you what land is being currently auctioned, the size of the parcel, when the auction ends and the current bid. Clicking on any parcel description will take you to a details page where you can place a proxy bid, see where the parcel is, and a link to teleport to it. Auctions last three days and usually start at around L$0.5/sqm.
You can also see auctions on the world map. They show up as purple parcels instead of yellow.
Well, that’s the too-long view of how to find land to purchase in Second Life! In future articles we’ll be focussing on whether a parcel is a good buy or not, what to look for when buying, land permissions, the benefits of a group owning the land and more! Hope you’ve found this even remotely useful!