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Castles for Sale in America

The American Dream sometimes includes castles. When it does, no expense is spared. Unlike the castles of Europe and Asia, American castles have no history worth mentioning except for perhaps their stories of rugged individualists' wild dreams fulfilled. These castles were not built to protect a family or village from the enemy, nor were they built to house noble blood for centuries. These castles were built just because they could.

Now these castles are used as offices, ski lodges, tourist attractions, private residences, or wedding and event centers, ranging in price from $2.5 mil. USD to $24.5 mil. USD.


Photo of Kip's Castle from Viviun.com

Photo of Kip's Castle from Viviun.com

Photo of Kip's Castle interior from Viviun.com

Photo of Kip's Castle interior from Viviun.com

Kip's Castle for Sale in America

A medievally styled castle built in 1902, Kip's castle holds over 9,000 square feet of beautifully remodeled and completely modern office space, as well as a large kitchen and carriage house. After the builder (and initial owner) left, it was occupied by an Indian cult. It is presently used by a prestigious New Jersey law firm, and is owned and for sale by the same. Called an "elegant" and "unparalleled" piece of office property, Kip's castle is sure to combine the romantic historic notions of stone walls and turrets with the business-like and efficient conveniences of a modern workspace.

Kip's Castle is located on 10.5 acres in New Jersey. It lies on the boundary between Montclair and Verona, on the side of First Watchung Mountain. It possesses stunning views of the New York skyline, and is a mere 20 to 30 minutes away from Manhattan. The asking price is a negotiable $4,800,000 USD.

More information available from Viviun, an international lister of fine properties.

Singer Castle Photos

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Photos courtesy of SingerCastle.com

Photos courtesy of SingerCastle.com

Singer Castle for Sale

Dark Island, located in the Thousand Islands in Alexandria, New York, was the spot where Mr. Fredrick Bourne decided to build a surprise castle for his wife and nine children at the turn of the last century. It was to be used as an island hunting lodge for the millionaire's family, and the design was inspired by Sir. Walter Scott's fictional Woodstock Castle. The final product was much more than a hunting lodge, however. After hauling in over 2,000 loads of soil to cover the eight acres of solid rock the island was made of, and spending $500,000 dollars on design, materials, and construction, the Dark Island castle was massive. It has a dungeon with winding tunnels, three boathouses (one of which was a gigantic workhouse and storage unit for Bourne's steam-powered vessels), Italian-carved stone on the outside and stands four stories tall, holding twenty-eight rooms and a four story tower. The Great Hall itself is graced by massive stone pillars and arches, stone stairways spiraling to upwards with hand-carved balustrades, and a magnificent fireplace.

Bourne was employed in the Singer Sewing and Thread company and gradually worked his way to the top, eventually becoming President and Director. Singer Castle (formerly known as "The Towers" was the perfect place to entertain his prestigious guests, and he was well known for his spirit of adventure, racing around the island in his speed boats or racing through city streets in his 1906 Mercedes. He designed several steam engines, and was well-known as a sharp business man and charitable in his community.

Now the Singer Castle is used mainly as a tourist attraction and event center. Visit the Singer Castle Website for more photos of the interior and exterior, and details about its current uses. The owners are asking approximately $24,500,000 USD for it.

Take a Video Tour of Singer Castle!

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All Castle Kataryna photos from castlemagic.com, the builder.

All Castle Kataryna photos from castlemagic.com, the builder.

Kataryna Castle (Idaho Castle) for Sale

A crisp and frosty morning at Kataryna Castle near Sand Point, Idaho offers more than just a warm fire and king-sized armchairs for a cozy day of reading. Don your skis and lower the drawbridge, then slip out of your castle into a winter wonderland of slopes and powder, all in your backyard. Says the builder, "We have eight feet of snow right now (March). We ski out the rear drawbridge onto 2500 acres of ski terrain serviced by high speed chair lifts." In the summer, wild huckleberry bushes and alpine firs clothe the terrain.

Built in 1999, this castle attempts to mirror the fortresses of medieval Europe, complete with a torture chamber, drawbridge, hand soldered torches, a portcullis, and three towers. However, the central vac, heated driveway, indoor pool, and wine cellar will soon convince you that this is no medieval edifice. After one look at the cupcake-topped turrets frosted with white ice, you'll be certain you stepped into the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

One drawback is the simplistic faux-medieval emblems carved into the stone interior in various places, making this look more like a children's play-castle than a truly historical fortress.

Made up of 9,000 sq. feet, three bedrooms. Asking price $2,500,000 USD. Visit the Castle Kataryna website for more information.

Map of slopes surrounding Idaho Castle (Kataryna).

Map of slopes surrounding Idaho Castle (Kataryna).

Royal bath in Castle Kataryna

Royal bath in Castle Kataryna

Colorful stars and crosses on firplace--not the most authentic décor.

Colorful stars and crosses on firplace--not the most authentic décor.

Though beautiful and elegant, the castles for sale in America have little of the historical romanticism of truly medieval European castles. However, they certainly have plenty of potential for history in the making! Consider purchasing one of these castles as a heritage to pass on to your children's children, and we'll begin to see stories worth telling come out of these American castles.

Comments

jeff tanner on May 21, 2014:

look at the gooed bad you call

BEEZKNEEZ on October 02, 2013:

Those are some amazing home. I might have to buy 2 or 3. NOT! Voted up!. Nice hub.

seo website on June 10, 2012:

I like reading janegrey.hubpages.com and I conceive this website got some truly useful stuff on it!

Amy McDowell on March 10, 2012:

I really love castles because my husband and I are desendents of the Scotsirish clans, and My side has a family castle with co ownership that is a bed and breakfast in Ireland.

Ann Leavitt (author) from Oregon on August 22, 2011:

AllSuretyBonds,

That's part of the American dream, I guess! With foreign invasions on the mainland since our founding, it makes sense that we would build castles "just for fun."

I really like the Singer castle too! And you know, Jesus did say that "In my house there are many mansions... if it were not so I would have told you." :)

AllSuretyBonds on August 15, 2011:

I love how in America castles are built just because they could. How amazing are these castles my favorite would be the Singer castle. Maybe that is a little like heaven will be like.

Ann Leavitt (author) from Oregon on July 28, 2010:

Watercubez, it sure would be an amazing combination!

Wendy, the people who build them had quite the imagination, esp. to try it in America.

Sunnyglitter, You'll find them sprinkled here and there if you keep your eyes peeled! There are even more castles that aren't for sale-- most of my favorite American castles will probably never be for sale.

Sunnyglitter from Cyberspace on July 28, 2010:

I had no clue that America even had castles! lol

Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on July 03, 2010:

Those castles are something else aren't they.

Watercubez from USA on June 30, 2010:

I love the idea of living on an island.... in a castle no less! Definitely the Singer castle.

Ann Leavitt (author) from Oregon on June 24, 2010:

Ezhuthukari,

I agree-- unless you have a big family or like entertaining hundreds of guests at a time, it would be difficult to be surrounded by such a huge empty (of people) building. That's why many castle owners keep it as a vacation rental or charge tourists for tours. They also are commonly used as destination wedding locations.

Thanks for reading!

ezhuthukari from Kerala on June 22, 2010:

That was a very informative hub.I can't imagine how people live in such huge places..Anyways I personally liked the Singer castle:-)

Ann Leavitt (author) from Oregon on June 08, 2010:

James, so glad you enjoyed it! You have quite the taste for fine architecture yourself, I hoped you would like this collection. :)

Ann Leavitt (author) from Oregon on June 08, 2010:

St. Lucia, I completely agree. There are a few American castles that have some old-world qualities to them (none are for sale), but most in the US seem to be fairy-tale-type castles!

James A Watkins from Chicago on June 08, 2010:

Each of these is magnificent! Singer Castle would be my favorite. Thank you for this treasure of a Hub. I could not enjoyed viewing it more.

st lucia for sale from St Lucia on June 07, 2010:

I always thought American castles had a Disney Land quality to them (ie, not truly medieval castles), but Singer castle is absolutely beautiful.

The Donkey from Little Rock, Arkansas on May 30, 2010:

Dang, the one in Idaho looks awesome. Take that one for sure. Very cool. Thanks for sharing this.

Ann Leavitt (author) from Oregon on May 29, 2010:

LcTodd, Thank you for reading! I always appreciate your kind comments.

Linda Todd from Charleston on May 28, 2010:

My, I guess we can all dream. It is a wonderful hub. I love the castle pictures. Very nice and a lot of information to take in. Thanks

Ann Leavitt (author) from Oregon on May 27, 2010:

Sidney, that's why I wrote this hub— it's fun to dream a bit! Glad you would enjoy the snow. I'm not a skier or boarder but I love it too. :)

Ann Leavitt (author) from Oregon on May 27, 2010:

Pat, I always go for saving what I already have rather than spending what I barely earn on lottery tickets. Perhaps that's how these owners have had the funds to build these castles in the first place!

Ann Leavitt (author) from Oregon on May 27, 2010:

Kendall, Beauty and the Beast would be perfect in this setting! I didn't even think of that. Now I'll have to use your idea to describe this castle. Snow, mystery, piney wind... yes.

SidneyMorgan from Australia on May 27, 2010:

Singer Castle would be a little to spacious for me, besides I have always wanted a spot near the snow so would have to go for Kataryna Castle. Ok now back to reality

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on May 27, 2010:

Pat writes: When I started to read I thought that I might be able to buy a castle if I won the lottery. When I got to the prices I realised that a lottery win might not be enough to buy a castle. It is amazing that anybody has that kind of money - but there will always be a small group of super rich people.

Kendall H. from Northern CA on May 27, 2010:

There's just something about a castle hidden amongst the forest in winter. Reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. I would definitely love to live at Kataryna Castle!

Ann Leavitt (author) from Oregon on May 26, 2010:

My favorite too, Rose!

Rose West from Michigan on May 26, 2010:

I'd definitely go with the Singer Castle!