Can you apply the finishing touches to this Florida concrete castle?
âI’ve never had a listing like this in 20 years. It’s really just very unique and has a lot of history and more architectural differences than 99.9% of the houses out there, âsays the listing agent. Daniel DeRogatis.
The imposing and gray concrete residence with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms was modeled on the tower house of Lohort Castle in Ireland from the 12th century by its owner.
âHe bought the property around 1986 and cleared the land himself – basically with a lawn mower and machete. No exaggeration, âsays DeRogatis.
Listed for $ 825,000, the castle sits on 5 acres in a town otherwise known for its love of equestrianism.
One caveat for buyers interested in a royal existence: the rock-solid, 4,429-square-foot structure will still require some finishing touches.
âFrom the outside, it’s not even 100% complete, but 85%,â explains DeRogatis. âAll of these stones, each of them are literally hand made. Aesthetically, it looks like a castle, but it’s still a concrete block construction. “
A buyer must be willing to work on the structure even though the agent says most of the work required is cosmetic.
“On the outside, it takes a lot of love to bring it back up to date,” he says. âThe driveway is not finished yet and there is no walkway to the front door. The stucco isn’t finished yet. “
Inside, he adds, doors and trim work and other details need to be completed, but the rest of the standout work is cosmetic and relatively straightforward.
One advantage is that the roof and HVAC system are fundamentally new and the infrastructure is brought to the point.
“It is structurally perfect, mechanically perfect, plumbing no problem and electrical no problem,” says DeRogatis.
A detached three car garage on the 5 acre property also has a pinnacle roof that is in keeping with the theme.
Inside the lock, many of the doors and some of the surfaces bear the lock motif.
While most of the rooms are large and wide open, the kitchen is galley style, which DeRogatis says is unique for a house of this size.
A spiral staircase leads to one of the towers and one of the bathrooms has a view of a tower.
While there are no comparable homes in this part of Florida, it wasn’t particularly difficult to come up with a value for the castle.
“This is just another house,” DeRogatis says despite his looks. âIt has a roof. It has AC. It has plumbing. It’s all built on code. The only thing it throws off is this architecture and this aesthetic view from the outside. So you do it like any other house. “
While DeRogatis says the home will likely only interest about 5% of the buyers out there, he took the chance to list this property. He told us that inquiries had come in from all over the country.
âIt’s something to talk about. I’ve never sold a lock, âhe admits, but said he realized he wanted the listing even if it wasn’t sold.
“Normally I wouldn’t necessarily leave my wheelhouse, but I said, ‘I’ll take it,’ he says.” I thought what better way to talk about something in my agent career than, ‘I have a lock sold’?”