Many of us dreamed of living in a castle when we were younger, but then the reality of living in an old, drafty stone mansion set in and we abandoned those hopes. But not all castles are medieval relics. These beautiful modern structures offer the style and regality of a classic castle without denying their residents modern comforts.
Named for Louis XIV's extravagant palace in France, the Versailles of Kentucky is a perfect home for any American queen or king. Rex and Caroline Martin originally started building the castle back in the 60's, but after the two got a divorce, the property stayed empty until 2003 when it was turned into a B&B. Only a few years later, the elaborate (and entirely renovated) ten bedroom mansion was listed for a whopping $28 million.
Recently featured on American Pickers, this elaborate and artistic castle was the brainchild of totally untrained and inexperienced artist Peter Wing and his wife Toni Ann. The fairytale-like castle, and a second one operated as a B&B, remains under construction an amazing 40 years later.
The Alpine Castle
One of the most affordable castles on the list, this beauty was constructed by long-time resident John Pottenger who used only stone, wood and brick in the construction. The 15,000 square foot home features 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a wine room, a theater, a waterfall and a game room. The 4 acre property offers pristine mountain views, a guest house and a private manmade lake. Most impressive of all? The San Diego, CA property sold for just under $1 million in 2014 -a downright bargain.
Oak Brook Castle
This 2009 castle built in Oak Brook, Illinois can be yours right now for $4.2 million. The 5 bedroom, 7.5 bathroom mansion features stone, wrought iron, wood and brick detailing throughout the home with heated floors to keep you cozy. Within the home's 12,000 square feet are a game room, a theater, a gym, a wine cellar, a wet bar, a billiards room and more.
Moussa Abdel Karim Al-Maamari became fascinated with castles after helping his uncle renovate a classic castle. Not long after, he bought some property in the Shouf mountains of Lebanon and started building his own castle. The project took over 40 years and Moussa did almost all the work on his own, but in the end, his castle became a true tribute to medieval architecture complete with a moat, drawbridge and ramparts.
Conyers Farm Castle
With 12 acres of land, seven bedrooms, eight fireplaces, a library, tennis courts and more, it's no wonder this stunning castle in Greenwich, CT is selling for $13.5 million. As if the sheer size wasn't impressive enough, the building (still under 30 years old) was painstakingly renovated for the sale making the property as pristine as it is massive.
This California castle is perfect for those who love the style of a classic palace, but don't want all that extra space. The beautiful property houses a modest 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, but if you're hoping the reduced space will result in a low price tag, think again -this Paso Robles, CA home listed for $5.9 million the last time it was on the market -when it was purchased by an aspiring winery.
Anatoly Galitsky originally dreamed of opening a fairytale-themed cafe to entertain children, but when he couldn't get planning permission to turn his property into a cafe, he instead constructed a residential castle. While all but one of the towers on the home are facades, the smiles on the faces of children and newlyweds who come to visit are most certainly real. Anatoly and his wife gladly offer tours and photo sessions of their house for free -they simply insist visitors call them Shrek and Fiona in return.