Currently, there are two Castles up for sale in Austin.
One is priced at $599,000, and the other is listed at $3.5 million.
Of the two, one is more castle like, but the other is a celebrity home, for a local Austinite who used to design video games, and has been to space.
Let’s start with the more castle looking (and affordable) of the two – the Austin Castle House.
Located in North west Austin and originally built in 1975 the Austin Castle House has been extensively remodeled and updated to look like a medieval castle. As you drive down the street, you can see a moat like walkway, turrets, gargoyles, and a stone facade that looks just like a castle in Europe might. Inside the house there are castle-like touches everywhere, as well as some very unique features. There are 6 bedrooms, and 5 baths, a guest suite with kitchenette, and a large game/party room with a dance floor.
The kitchen has been completely updated with all of the features a modern family would want – stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and custom cabinets. The exhaust fan above the electric cooktop is even fashioned to look like it came off of a suit of armor.
Just off the kitchen is a large game room with a big screen TV, surround sound, and a dance floor with lights. Just like a night club. There are two slot machines, a pool table, and even a foosball table. If you are interested in buying the house, I’m sure the owners will work with you if you are interested in any of these items.
In the backyard there is a gazebo with a built in gas BBQ, a fish pond, and some nice water features.
I’ve been inside this house, and honestly it’s pretty nice. If you buy this place you will be known as the family that lives in the castle house. I’m sure it’s great for halloween.
Located in a separate part of town, you can find Richard Garriot’s home for sale. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this Austin Celebrity, he was the designer of the popular video game Ultima in the 1980′s.
Also known as Britannia Manor II, this 3 bedroom, 5 bathroom house is 5,900 square feet, and sits on a large lot off of 360. It has it’s own Wikipedia page and was featured on MTV cribs (That’s a big deal for a house). Even though it doesn’t really look like a castle this home has trap doors, secret passages, and even a working cannon. This is Texas after all.
Why did this home become so popular? Partly because of the Haunted Houses Richard would throw every year. You can learn more by watching this video. People would camp out for weeks to get the free tickets to Austin’s best haunted house.
Some of the features of the home include a beautiful stained glass window in the study. I’ve also heard that there are some secret passages and hidden bookcases in this room. The wood work is all custom, as are the railings doors, and even chandeliers. The bookcases have built in cabinets and even a hidden secret or two.
There is a custom wine room, that has a separate climate control system. There is room for several hundred bottles, and storage for glasses and other supplies.
Don’t forget there is the observatory with telescope and 360 views of the downtown skyline. There is also an indoor / outdoor pool with a hot-tub and water slide. In addition to the main home there is also a separate guest quarter, a separate studio office space, and storage and other outbuildings and even a dungeon accessible through only a trap door.
Honestly, I don’t think either of these will sell very quickly. Mostly because they are novelties homes. But each has a unique history, and fantastic details. If you are interested in viewing either of these, please let me know and I’ll make arrangements for you to see them.