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Dungeness: The corner of England 'like the end of the Earth'

What amount of land can you buy for £1.5 million ($2.4 million)?

In some areas of London that might buy you a two-bedroom flat.

But for a short time only, you could buy the 468-acre Dungeness Estate in south-east England.

One of the largest expanses of shingle in Europe, Dungeness is a national nature reserve, home to many rare insects, plants and wildlife.

Around 100 homes, mostly fishing cottages, are scattered across site - generations of old fishing families, and newcomers drawn to the strange, bleak landscape.

Also in Dungeness, but not included in the sale, are a pub, a couple of lighthouses, a narrow-gauge railway, as well as what is left of a Marconi radio research centre.

Any new owners will have the Dungeness nuclear power station as a neighbour.

The sale of the estate by the family trust that owns it came as a shock to those who live there.

BBC News went to find out what makes Dungeness special and hear from the people who live there.

Video journalist: Dan Curtis

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