Dracula’s Castle For Sale


Draculas_castleAll of these Beverly Hills and Palm Beach homes that have been listed in the 30-50 million dollar range have nothing on a good midieval property out of the heart of Transylvania. The home that inspired the story of Dracula is for sale for a cool 78 million dollars.

Got to love it.

The family that owns a Transylvanian castle famous for its connections to the 15th Century medieval ruler who inspired “Dracula” said Wednesday that it wants to sell the fortress to local authorities for $78 million.

The local council said it was interested in buying Bran Castle, perched high on a rock and surrounded by snowcapped mountains in southern Transylvania. Dominic Habsburg, the owner, insisted his family had honorable intentions for wanting to sell the castle.

We are trying to find the best way to preserve the castle in the interest of the family and the people of Bran,” Habsburg said in a statement.

The castle was returned to Habsburg, a New York architect, in May. It was confiscated by the communists from Habsburg’s mother, Princess Ileana, in 1948, the year the royals were forced to leave the country.

After the restitution, concerns were raised that the family could sell the castle to a hotel chain and that the site could end up being the centerpiece of a Dracula theme park that would blight the surrounding, pristine countryside some 105 miles north of Bucharest. via  the  Chicago Tribune.

Posted January 11, 2007 by
Real Estate | 4 comments

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “Dracula’s Castle For Sale”

    1. Richard on January 11th, 2007 11:43 am

      A more appropriate home for the van der Sloot clan, along with the entire Aruban government, can scarcely be imagined.

    2. Brad on January 11th, 2007 1:03 pm

      George Bush could buy it, a fitting location for a holiday home for him, he could even have some real live torture going on in the dungeons, perhaps a few journalists that do not fit into his plan. He could call it democracy castle and hang every one who disagrees with its name.

    3. MommyTraveler on January 11th, 2007 1:45 pm

      I have been to that place. In the middle of nowhere. Very cold, dark and uninviting. Certainly not worth $78 million dollars. No torture chambers or dungeons that I can remember seeing. It has just been associated with Count Dracula – nothing proven.

    4. tex on January 11th, 2007 2:14 pm

      i was there too in july 2006 while in romania for a week. its a good hike up there and an exhausting one from the town. count dracula was real, however he was known for impaling his enimies, the movies just changed the weapon from a sword to his teeth. the castle needs a lot of work – maybe worth $8M, definetly not $78M.

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