The Charles LaDow House
10 Thurlow Ter, Albany, NY 12203
Listed for: $799,000
Designed by Ernest Hoffman in 1891, this gorgeous Romanesque-styled castle contains a plethora of features that’ll make you feel like royalty. Polished wood flooring, a mosaic fireplace, and an impressive staircase embellished with lavish, red carpeting are just a few of the stunning qualities. Centered in Washington Park Lake, and just minutes away from downtown Albany, you won’t be sequestered from the action.
Fun Fact: This castle has 8 unique fireplaces!
Chateau La Vie
7201 Dulany Dr, Mclean, VA 22101
Listed for: 10,800,000
Not tight on space, this castle spans 28,000 square feet with a whopping additional 2 ½ acres for your leisure. And for all the aficionados on timeless charm, enjoy amenities such as regal vaulted ceilings and sacred Corinthian columns. However, for those who love architecture that follows a more modern aesthetic, fear not! This castle has a fully contemporary kitchen decked out in stainless steel with sleek, black cabinetry.
Fun Fact: With a 10.8 million dollar listing price, this castle is the most expensive single-family property on the market in Virginia.
The Craigmuir Estate
22 N Garfield Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801
Listed for: 1,798,500
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city in this quiet castle located in Wenatchee, a town in Central Washington with an estimated population of just over 33,000. Further find your zen in this beautiful 5-bed, 3-bath home with features such as pristine lawns, a heated salt water pool, and a serene rose garden. If you want to get your fitness on without actually leaving your house, this castle is conveniently furnished with its own gym.
Fun Fact: The granite used to build this castle was collected from Mount Index, a member of the Cascade Mountain Range, and was hand-crafted piece-by-piece on site.
18 Skyline Dr, Bolton Landing, NY 12814
Listed for: 12,800,000
Capturing a fairy tail in real life, this castle is nestled in the flora and fauna of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains. Perfect for those with large families, make any family gathering extra comfy with two additional guest cottages on the property. Additionally, for all the nature enthusiasts out there, this castle is only minutes away from the rustic town of Bolton Landing, where there are a plethora of outdoor activities available such as: kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, and more.
Fun Fact: This is one of the younger castles, built in 1986!
143 Herrick Rd, Southampton, NY 11968
Listed for: 3,695,000
The epitome of romance, this castle contains lush, verdant greenery against a vibrant, red brick exterior. The castle also touts an exotic octagon pool house with guest room and bath, as well as a heated Gunite pool.
Fun Fact: In 1998, celebrity architect William Sofield bought the castle and has made many restorations since. Additionally, this castle is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Now you want to purchase a castle…but how?
It is worth finding a real estate company that sells luxury, historic property. A few companies based in the United States are:
- Sotheby’s Realty
- Christie’s International Real Estate
- Your real estate agent. For example, Century21 and Re/Max have recently started offering historic listings such as castles.
But who’s to say you can’t build your own?
Castles can be hard to come by, especially when many other buyers want to own their own haunted or fairy-tale property. So why not build your own? Building a castle of your own can have many advantages: creative freedom, a solid structure based on modern building codes, and location flexibility being three large ones. Of course, one must consider the disadvantages as well. For one, you’ll need to find another place to live during the tedious building process, two, you might have to look into a construction company that specializes in castle-building, and three, of course you will not get to own an authentic, historical structure.
However, if your attraction towards castles comes from purely aesthetic purposes and, because, well, owning a castle is freaking cool, you’ll still benefit from considering this route.
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