Live Like a King in American Castles

  • Be The King (or Queen) of Your Own Castle

    Ever wondered what it’s like to be a baron? Baroness? Lord or lady of the manor? Believe it or not, one need not cross the pond to live that particular real estate dream. Here are five regal residences in the U.S. that will appeal to your inner nobility. Now your home really can be your castle. Photo credit: Elliott Brown
    Searles Castle: Great Barrington, Mass.
  • Searles Castle: Great Barrington, Mass.

    Those with a king-sized bank account and a burning desire to live that way need only drive 2.5 hours outside of Boston or Manhattan to the rural yet upscale Great Barrington, Mass. There, the historic, huge and regal French chateau-style Searles Castle is currently available for the princely price of $12.5 million. View the online listing Photo credit: William Raveis Real Estate
    Searles Castle: Great Barrington, Mass.
  • Searles Castle: Great Barrington, Mass.

    Truly worthy of royalty, the estate sprawls across 64 private acres with more than 1,000 feet on the Housatonic River. The mansion was built in 1889 for Mary Hopkins, the widow of railroad magnate Mark Hopkins. A year before the castle was completed, she married Edward Searles, the interior decorator she hired to do the décor of her aristocratic architectural opus. View the online listing Photo credit: William Raveis Real Estate
    Searles Castle: Great Barrington, Mass.
  • Searles Castle: Great Barrington, Mass.

    Searles Castle, designed by the famed architecture firm McKim, Mead and White, measures more than 52,000 square feet and has more than 40 rooms, 36 fireplaces, 14 bedrooms, 13 full and four half bathrooms, seven towers and turrets and, of course, a dungeon. Most recently the castle was used as a private school but the deep pockets of a royal wannabe could return it to private hands. View the online listing Photo credit: William Raveis Real Estate
    Searles Castle: Great Barrington, Mass.
  • Searles Castle: Great Barrington, Mass.

    There are many vast and grand entertainment spaces at Searles Castle including a Louis XIV drawing room imported from France with gold leaf details and a painted ceiling, a central pink marble atrium, a circular oak paneled library and a voluminous, acoustically engineered music room with a 42-foot dome ceiling. View the online listing Photo credit: William Raveis Real Estate
    Searles Castle: Great Barrington, Mass.
  • Searles Castle: Great Barrington, Mass.

    The elegant interior spaces open up to large stone terraces with views of the manicured lawns, cross-shaped reflecting pool, and across the meadows to the surrounding Berkshire Mountain range. In addition to the seven-story main mansion, the castle also includes a large motor court, stone loggia, garden temple, 6,000 square ft. carriage house, barn, tennis and basketball courts. For more information on Searles Castle, contact Stacey Matthews (860-868-9066) at William Raveis Real Estate. View the online listing Photo credit: William Raveis Real Estate
    Castle Kimble: Manhattan, Kan.
  • Castle Kimble: Manhattan, Kan.

    Located on a walled, gated, and fully landscaped 1.5-acre lot in the heart of Manhattan–Manhattan, Kansas, that is–sits the historic Castle Kimble. Completed in 1904 and named after Sam Kimble, an eccentric local judge, the sprawling 6,700 square ft. four bedroom and 4.5 bathroom limestone residence is currently for sale with a price tag of $1,460,000. View the online listing Photo credit: Realty Executive Weis Real Estate Company
    Castle Kimble: Manhattan, Kan.
  • Castle Kimble: Manhattan, Kan.

    Castle Kimble was fully and thoughtfully restored in 1999 and in 2009 a large addition was added that perfectly matches the original architecture down to the ramparts that run around the roof. The restoration and expansion included new windows, new services including three central air conditioning units, and an upgrade for the bathrooms and kitchen. View the online listing Photo credit: Realty Executive Weis Real Estate Company
    Castle Kimble: Manhattan, Kan.
  • Castle Kimble: Manhattan, Kan.

    In addition to a formal entry with fireplace and formal living and dining rooms, Castle Kimble claims a chef-friendly kitchen that opens on a family room and breakfast area warmed by a fireplace of hand-painted ceramic tiles imported from Paris. The kitchen features custom crafted cherry wood cabinets, granite counter tops, top of the line appliances like a restaurant grade refrigerator/freezer, custom tile work, and an 18-foot long breakfast bar for casual meals. View the online listing Photo credit: Realty Executive Weis Real Estate Company
    Castle Kimble: Manhattan, Kan.
  • Castle Kimble: Manhattan, Kan.

    The master suite has hardwood floors, a bed niche with intricate custom millwork and built-in nightstands, fireplace, surround sound system, custom fitted walk-in closet and dressing room, and a majestic master bathroom with custom cabinets, marble floors and countertops, stone pillars, a separate shower and a series of stained glass windows that surround a freestanding soaking tub. View the online listing Photo credit: Realty Executive Weis Real Estate Company
    Castle Kimble: Manhattan, Kan.
  • Castle Kimble: Manhattan, Kan.

    The detached 3-car garage, made with limestone blocks from the original Castle Kimble stables, has 1,700 square ft. of unfinished interior space. The estate’s original carriage house has been refashioned into a self-contained one bedroom and one bathroom guest house with eat-in kitchen, fireplace, basement and laundry facilities. For more information contact Linda Weis or Jerry Weis (800-593-3250) at Realty Executives Weis Real Estate Company. View the online listing Photo credit: Realty Executive Weis Real Estate Company
    Solar Castle: Taos, N.M.
  • Solar Castle: Taos, N.M.

    The American Southwest isn’t exactly where anyone would expect to find a castle of any kind, but in the scenic mountain town of Taos, N.M., there is indeed a castle - with a serious southwestern spin. The unexpected edifice, set on 6.6 scenic acres overlooking the Rio Grande gorge, is currently on the market for an asking price of $499,000, the perfect starter castle. View the online listingPhoto credit: David Buxton
    Solar Castle: Taos, N.M.
  • Solar Castle: Taos, N.M.

    The castle built of adobe in 2005, measures a sizable 4,200 square feet and includes three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Earth friendly features include solar and wind power systems, radiant floor heating (with propane backup), separate grey water system, and a 5,100 gallon rainwater catch that keeps the garden green. Although the Solar Castle stands two stories high, it is wheelchair accessible with ramps, wide doorways and passages, and a ground floor bedroom with private bath. There’s even an elevator that ascends to the second floor. View the online listing Photo credit: David Buxton
    Solar Castle: Taos, N.M.
  • Solar Castle: Taos, N.M.

    Hand-crafted details abound on the interiors, including custom tile artwork on the doorways, and a custom semi-circular kitchen with concrete counter tops, three cobalt blue ceramic sinks, and custom wood cabinetry with decorative tin panels depicting Celtic symbols. View the online listing Photo credit: David Buxton
    Solar Castle: Taos, N.M.
  • Solar Castle: Taos, N.M.

    A large deck tucked behind the battlements on the second floor offers expansive sky and mountain views. Gardens created using eco-friendly permaculture principles surround the house and include a walled vegetable garden with raised beds and a fenced flower garden. For more information on The Solar Castle, contact David Buxton at 575-776-3839. View the online listing Photo credit: David Buxton
    Travelers Rest, S.C.
  • Travelers Rest, S.C.

    A long drive that winds through 10 private wooded acres in tiny Travelers Rest, S.C. leads to a nearly new three story castle-style dwelling with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The stately and somber stone home, perfect for the budding aristocrat, is listed at $895,000. View the online listing Photo credit: Dynamic Realty
    Travelers Rest, S.C.
  • Travelers Rest, S.C.

    Details reminiscent of classic castle architecture include the building’s stone construction, crenulated walls, Gothic arched doorways, and stained glass windows. There’s even a turret worthy of Rapunzel herself. View the online listing Photo credit: Dynamic Realty
    Tavelers Rest, S.C.
  • Tavelers Rest, S.C.

    The spacious 4,600+ square ft. castle-home includes a 600+ square ft. “great room”, a 28-foot long galley kitchen with walk-in pantry and pewter-glazed cabinetry, bedrooms with soaring ceilings and private bathrooms, and a library with curved red oak cabinets that looks like it was taken straight out of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Additional amenities include a media room, office/study, an attached two car garage with direct entry and an elevator capable of lifting stone statues (or anything really) up to 900 pounds. For more information contact Dynamic Realty at 877-348-8483 View the online listingPhoto credit: Dynamic Realty
    Jamul, Calif.
  • Jamul, Calif.

    On 38 acres outside of San Diego in Jamul, Calif., a fanciful and funky stone constructed castle with towers, turrets, and custom stained glass windows is on the market for $1,250,000. There’s even a dungeon. View the online listing Photo credit: Real Estate Results
    Jamul, Calif.
  • Jamul, Calif.

    The expansive property, dotted with old growth oak trees and crisscrossed by riding trails, is an entertainer’s paradise perfect for a home-grown Renaissance Faire. There’s a seasonal stream crossed by a stone and rough-hewn wood bridge, expansive patios with stone arches and separate bathrooms, and a bandstand with stone proscenium. View the online listing Photo credit: Real Estate Results
    Jamul, Calif.
  • Jamul, Calif.

    In addition to the castle itself and the outdoor entertainment areas that surround it, the property includes a one bedroom log cabin style guest house and an honest to goodness tree house with a bedroom and bathroom. Besides curing a case of royal real estate fever you can get your Swiss Family Robinson on too on this impressive property. For more information, contact Vicki Beers (619-840-6813) or Marcia Spurgeon (619-729-6622) at Real Estate Results. View the online listing Photo credit: Real Estate Results
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