To some degree, every home is the owner's castle, but these homes take it a step further. With stone walls, turrets and even a guard shack, these residences would fit into medieval Europe, or perhaps a Harry Potter novel.
This castle is the oldest in the bunch, but it’s nowhere near the age of the stone monoliths found in Europe. Built in 1892 by the well-known architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the 15,000-square-foot castle sits on 18 acres in upstate New York.
According to the listing, the first owners of this home traveled throughout Europe, collecting artifacts and materials to include in their custom castle. Built in the early 1920s, the home includes columns from France and Italy and a 16th-century, painted Dutch ceiling. The entire property has 275.5 acres, which include ponds, open meadows and gardens.
Castles in the Middle Ages were drafty and dark. This residence in Idaho proves to be otherwise with a waterproofed, insulated and steel-reinforced core that makes the castle not only “solid as a rock” but completely draft free. The residence measures 4,200 square feet with four bedrooms and four baths.
The listing calls this home a “new-old” residence. Constructed in 2002, the home was actually built from plans first drafted in 1885. Nicknamed “Castle Victorian,” the residence sits on 60 acres and has four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 3,000 square feet of living space.
Solid copper domes top this sprawling, Mediterranean-style castle in Austin. The home is located on 5.4 acres near Barton Creek Resort and Club, giving the future homeowners access to multiple golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools and spas. Built in 2002, the house features hand-glazed walls and ceilings, limestone floors and mahogany-framed windows.
It’s not quite a moat setup, but a private bridge leads over a creek to the entrance of this stone castle. Truly a sanctuary in the woods, the castle is surrounded by 20 acres of lush forest with plenty of wildlife, promises the listing. The 1997-built castle has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
What does every castle need? A modern racetrack, of course! The track in the yard of this Tennessee castle was designed to replicate the nearby Bristol Motor Speedway. The 13-acre residence is also a replica — but of a 18th-century Spanish castle, with entry doors imported from Paris, hand-carved custom moldings and a staircase with imported marble steps.