German Castles Offer Big Bang for Your Buck

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german castle for saleInstead of plopping down millions for an overrated Hollywood party pad, why not invest your money in a truly unique piece of property: a European castle. We're not talking just the abandoned ones (although some of those can be had for as little as one euro, apparently). Some of these castles, with their stately, old-world exteriors, have been entirely modernized on the inside for today's luxurious ideals.

According to The Wall Street Journal, there are about 5,000 castles in Germany left over from its days of nobility, and 20 to 40 of those grand homes hit the market every year. And it just so happens that for what you'll be getting, many of these properties are a great value. Take one Victorian manor about a half-hour outside of Hamburg: Built in 1894, it has 28 rooms, five bathrooms, four garages and sits on 20 acres. How much? Just over $5 million. But, hey, there are plenty more castles to sink your teeth (and perhaps your pocketbook) into. Watch the video above to check out other German castles on the market.

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German Castles Offer Big Bang for Your Buck
Location: Jupiter, Fla.
Price: $6.95 million
Beds/baths: 5/7
Sq. ft.: 8,116

Even though filthy-rich celebs like Celine Dion and Tiger Woods live in Jupiter, some of their neighbors aren't immune from sinking underwater on their mortgages.

This lavish five-bedroom, seven-bath short sale gets pristine beachfront ocean views, and inside you'll find expansive rooms. A dining area is set off by columns, and walls of windows line the living areas.

Outside, a gorgeous deck and lanai wrap around a large pool and spa. It's an oasis -- though not quite as much as Dion's water park in her backyard.

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Location: Jupiter, Fla.
Price: $6.95 million
Beds/baths: 5/7
Sq. ft.: 8,116

Even though filthy-rich celebs like Celine Dion and Tiger Woods live in Jupiter, some of their neighbors aren't immune from sinking underwater on their mortgages.

This lavish five-bedroom, seven-bath short sale gets pristine beachfront ocean views, and inside you'll find expansive rooms. A dining area is set off by columns, and walls of windows line the living areas.

Outside, a gorgeous deck and lanai wrap around a large pool and spa. It's an oasis -- though not quite as much as Dion's water park in her backyard.

See the listing for more details.

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Location: Jupiter, Fla.
Price: $6.95 million
Beds/baths: 5/7
Sq. ft.: 8,116

Even though filthy-rich celebs like Celine Dion and Tiger Woods live in Jupiter, some of their neighbors aren't immune from sinking underwater on their mortgages.

This lavish five-bedroom, seven-bath short sale gets pristine beachfront ocean views, and inside you'll find expansive rooms. A dining area is set off by columns, and walls of windows line the living areas.

Outside, a gorgeous deck and lanai wrap around a large pool and spa. It's an oasis -- though not quite as much as Dion's water park in her backyard.

See the listing for more details.

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Location: Lake Bluff, Ill.
Price: $5.9 million
Beds/baths: 5/10
Sq. ft.: 25,000

When you think of a short sale, you probably don't think of these incredible features: an indoor pool with two-story vaulted ceilings and a viewing balcony, a racquetball court, theater, elevator -- and even a barbershop.

Yes, this home in an upscale town an hour outside of Chicago has it all, but the asking price of $5.9 million is likely more than a haircut off the homeowner's original mortgage balance. The home has outdoor patios with built-in grills overlooking a private harbor and Lake Michigan. That kind of exclusivity is expensive. We know we wouldn't be able to afford the monthly mortgage payment either.

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Location: Lake Bluff, Ill.
Price: $5.9 million
Beds/baths: 5/10
Sq. ft.: 25,000

When you think of a short sale, you probably don't think of these incredible features: an indoor pool with two-story vaulted ceilings and a viewing balcony, a racquetball court, theater, elevator -- and even a barbershop.

Yes, this home in an upscale town an hour outside of Chicago has it all, but the asking price of $5.9 million is likely more than a haircut off the homeowner's original mortgage balance. The home has outdoor patios with built-in grills overlooking a private harbor and Lake Michigan. That kind of exclusivity is expensive. We know we wouldn't be able to afford the monthly mortgage payment either.

See the listing for more details.

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Location: Lake Bluff, Ill.
Price: $5.9 million
Beds/baths: 5/10
Sq. ft.: 25,000

When you think of a short sale, you probably don't think of these incredible features: an indoor pool with two-story vaulted ceilings and a viewing balcony, a racquetball court, theater, elevator -- and even a barbershop.

Yes, this home in an upscale town an hour outside of Chicago has it all, but the asking price of $5.9 million is likely more than a haircut off the homeowner's original mortgage balance. The home has outdoor patios with built-in grills overlooking a private harbor and Lake Michigan. That kind of exclusivity is expensive. We know we wouldn't be able to afford the monthly mortgage payment either.

See the listing for more details.

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Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Price: $4.5 million
Beds/baths: 6/10
Sq. ft.: 10,100 

"This home surpasses anything available in today's market!" boasts the listing. Pretty good for a short sale, we'd say.

An expansive master suite, office, game room, wine cellar and home theater are on the main level. Four more bedrooms -- each with their own luxury bath and balcony -- and a "gathering room" are on the top floor. 

There's a separate guesthouse with an exercise room and "his & her offices" -- all with a private entrance. 

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Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Price: $4.5 million
Beds/baths: 6/10
Sq. ft.: 10,100 

"This home surpasses anything available in today's market!" boasts the listing. Pretty good for a short sale, we'd say.

An expansive master suite, office, game room, wine cellar and home theater are on the main level. Four more bedrooms -- each with their own luxury bath and balcony -- and a "gathering room" are on the top floor. 

There's a separate guesthouse with an exercise room and "his & her offices" -- all with a private entrance. 

See the listing for more details.

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Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Price: $4.5 million
Beds/baths: 6/10
Sq. ft.: 10,100 

"This home surpasses anything available in today's market!" boasts the listing. Pretty good for a short sale, we'd say.

An expansive master suite, office, game room, wine cellar and home theater are on the main level. Four more bedrooms -- each with their own luxury bath and balcony -- and a "gathering room" are on the top floor. 

There's a separate guesthouse with an exercise room and "his & her offices" -- all with a private entrance. 

See the listing for more details.

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Location: Malvern, Pa.
Price: $4 million
Beds/baths: 9/8
Sq. ft.: 9,972

Sitting on 11.3 acres with its own pond and "specially selected specimen trees for [a] parklike setting," $4 million is a pretty decent price for this farm estate.

A winding pool flows from an indoor atrium (complete with spa) to an outdoor stone patio. An exercise room and sauna are a couple of the other ritzy features of the home. It's being sold as is, which shouldn't be a problem for most buyers.

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Location: Malvern, Pa.
Price: $4 million
Beds/baths: 9/8
Sq. ft.: 9,972

Sitting on 11.3 acres with its own pond and "specially selected specimen trees for [a] parklike setting," $4 million is a pretty decent price for this farm estate.

A winding pool flows from an indoor atrium (complete with spa) to an outdoor stone patio. An exercise room and sauna are a couple of the other ritzy features of the home. It's being sold as is, which shouldn't be a problem for most buyers.

See the listing for more details.

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Location: Malvern, Pa.
Price: $4 million
Beds/baths: 9/8
Sq. ft.: 9,972

Sitting on 11.3 acres with its own pond and "specially selected specimen trees for [a] parklike setting," $4 million is a pretty decent price for this farm estate.

A winding pool flows from an indoor atrium (complete with spa) to an outdoor stone patio. An exercise room and sauna are a couple of the other ritzy features of the home. It's being sold as is, which shouldn't be a problem for most buyers.

See the listing for more details.

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