House of the Week: 13th Century Castle Look-Alike for Sale
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Ten miles past the Oregon border into Washington state, a large stone castle rises up above the White Salmon river. With a stone tower and curved windows, the building looks straight out of the Middle Ages. However this castle, listed on the White Salmon real estate market, is only 23 years old.
This week’s home: “The Castle”
For sale: $1.2 million
Location: White Salmon, WA (ten miles outside Hood River, OR)
Year built: 1988
Details: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 5,616 square feet, 26-acre plot
The Story Behind It:
What’s on your bucket list? Scuba dive, backpack through Europe? How about owning a Gothic castle?
The previous owner of this stone estate wanted to live in a castle before he died, explains listing agent Maui Meyer.
“It’s one of the few things he wanted to do,” Meyer said. The home is now listed as an estate sale; apparently the owner’s family didn’t have that same desire.
The home was built in 1988 on a 26-acre parcel alongside the White Salmon River. The urban legend goes that the builder wanted a home that mirrored the European castle he and his wife were married in.
“Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know, but I choose to believe it,” said Meyer.
“The Castle” is a local legend in the White Salmon area. Only 14 minutes from downtown, people are constantly driving past and taking photos.
The home was constructed using two full CMUs — concrete masonry units — an exterior CMU wall and an interior CMU wall that keeps the home energy efficient: cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Built in a typical 13th-century Gothic-castle style, the house features a full dining hall, lookout tower and a detached kitchen, where several hundred years ago, the servants would have tended roasting meat on a spit.
“For all intents and purposes it looks like it was built in the 1200s,” said Meyer. “It looks like there might be a siege at any moment, as if you could pour hot oil on someone.”
Despite it’s medieval looks, the castle has hosted Halloween and summer parties over the years, rather than violent battles.
Also on the property is a man-made plaster tepee — a sort of “art experiment” from the original owner that could serve as a separate guest house with loft bedroom and living area.
With a prime location on the river, as well as a full-stocked trout pond, Meyer believes that the property could be the perfect getaway location for someone.
“It really catches people’s imagination,” he said. “It’s just a hoot to show it.”