Castle Real Estate On The Rise

March 5, 2009
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There is a growing niche of castle real estate offerings despite and because of the economic crisis. Developer Richard Gaylord is among those who find it ideal to live in a castle with matching turrets. Few people however believe him when he tells people he actually lives in a castle. Gaylord lives in an Elizabethan-style castle standing on a 170-acre themed property in Durban, South Africa.

Owning a castle is however not for everyone as in requires a lot of overhead expenses including heating costs and structural maintenance not to mention plumbing problems. The high cost of maintaining a castle home has in fact been cited as one of the reasons…

Italy’s Templar Castle For Sale

January 28, 2009
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Say the word Templar and you will surely get lots of reactions especially from those who have read the Da Vinci Code. Well if you are so curious about the Templar way of life then take a look at this Templar Castle located near Perugia in Italy. This castle, which was built by templar knight Alberici Gislero, has a long history from the time it was built in 1216. The Ministry of Culture has declared the castle an “Unicum” which is a testament to its beauty as a medieval architectural wonder.

The 1400 square meter Templar Castle is surrounded by a 6000-square meter park complete with ornamental fountains, large parking, trees…

Dracula’s Castle For Sale

January 28, 2009
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Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania attracts some 450,000 people every year.  This time though, people will not only have a chance to visit the castle but to own it as well if the price is right! It is officially named Bran Castle but is popularly known as Dracula’s Castle because of rumors that the violent warlord Prince Vlad the Impaler, Bram Stoker’s inspiration for the character of Dracula, stayed here for one night sometime in the 1400s. The family entered into an agreement with the Romanian government to turn the castle into a museum. However the agreement expires in 2009 so the castle is up for sale for over $135 million.

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Buy Solomon’s Castle for $2.5M

January 24, 2009
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If you are looking for an eccentric but famous abode then consider Solomon’s Castle as an ideal option.  That is, if you can shell out $2.5 million. It may not be the castle of the wise leader King Solomon but it is by itself a historical home after being the residence of artists Howard Solomon.  The castle, which has been featured in HGTV’s “Most Extreme Homes in America”, boasts of a dining hall that can accommodate 60 people. Surrounding the castle is a moat which is the location of a 60-foot replica of the Spanish Galleon.

The 70-acre property does not only have a creek frontage but also has housing accommodations…