Do you want to own a piece of horror history? Do you favor scary European castles? Are you a fan of vampires? Well, if you answered YES to these questions, the perfect piece of real estate just came on the market for you - Dracula's Castle.
According to NBC News, the world famous Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania is being sold by the country’s former royal family in order to preserve the historic landmark and national monument. According to NBC news the castle was put on the market on April 21st, so get out your checks people, your medieval mountaintop fortress awaits.
Although the castle has only tangential relation to Vlad the Impaler – he stayed there for a night in the 1400s – the property gained notoriety as the fictional home of Bram Stoker’s immortal vampire Dracula.
Bran Castle was built sometime in the early 14th century, and was primarily used as a military citadel which defended the local area, and the settlement of Bran from the Ottoman Empire. In fact, the castle played a strategic role up to the mid-18th century. From 1920 until 1948 it was the royal residence until the monarchy was expelled and the property fell into possession of the government.
In May of 2006 the castle was returned to the royal family; specifically to 69 year old Archduke Dominic Hapsburg who lives in New York and works as an architect. The details for the return of the castle included that the Romanian government would pay rent to the Hapsburgs, but stipulated that the castle had to be run as a museum until 2009, when they would be free to do whatever they wanted with it. Hapsburg tried to sell the castle to the Romanian government for $80 million in 2009, but the deal fell through.
Michael Gardner, the chief executive of Baytree Executive is seeking to sell the property to the right discerning client that will treat the site according to its historic value as ultimately the Hapsburg’s do not want to manage a museum. A price has not been cited, but Gardner feels that the castle could be sold for at least 135 million.
Images: Bran Castle