Whoever said only kings and queens could live in castles was wrong.
A huge lakefront property available in Clifton, TX, could make just about anyone feel like royalty.
On the market for $6.5 million, the 11,500-square-foot modern marvel at 119 Private Road 1820 Rd could serve many purposes. But there’s a not-so-minor caveat.
“It’s not technically a house,” says the listing agent, Adam Musiel.
Currently, the property operates as an event space. Depending on where you stumble across this royal gathering place, it’s either called Bosque Resort Castle or Parsons Castle—named after the owner who built the property for himself in 2017.
The first floor is dominated by a ballroom with walk-out access to the outdoor space. There’s also a caterer’s kitchen to handle large-scale events.
A second floor has a number of bedrooms for overnight guests. As for the third level, that’s devoted to the royal owner.
“The third floor is a penthouse level, where the owner actually lives. It’s one bedroom, 1.5-baths and 3,000 square feet, with balconies,” Musiel says.
The full kitchen and large living space on the third floor could be divided into more bedrooms. An elevator provides private access to this level.
The owners are Stuart and Rebecca Parsons, who own a Texas roofing company. They spent 10 years building the castle after buying the land on a lakefront point. Stuart Parsons is partial to parties, so he’s unruffled by events taking place below his living quarters.
“The owner is a fan of Vegas. He loves going to Las Vegas, and he calls [his level of the castle] his penthouse,” Musiel explains. “I asked him what he does when people are partying downstairs and he’s staying there. He says he thinks of it like Vegas and, ‘This is my penthouse, and people are partying below me.’”
So why would a man who loves bashes be ready to part with his party palace?
“It was a passion project. Now he’s finished with it. He’s the type of guy that loves to build and loves to be hands on. He loves to build things and create. And kind of when it’s built, he’s over it,” Musiel explains.
For overnight guests and revelers, there are a total of 10 bedrooms, 14 full bathrooms, and other event-related facilities on the property—including bridal suites.
A detached three-bedroom guesthouse on the property has a kitchen and living space and measures in at around 1,600 square feet.
Outside, there’s a pool, hot tub, and gazebo.
There are also a couple of signature flourishes on the 2.3-acre property, including a moat and a drawbridge. Meanwhile, the water feature has a touch of romance.
“The ponds that make up the moat are in the shape of a heart,” Musiel says.
As an event space, the castle can accommodate up to 50 overnight guests. For parties, up to 1,000 folks can dine or sit on the lawn, and 250 revelers can fit inside the ballroom.
The size makes the castle a big draw in central Texas.
“They get all sorts of events, fraternity parties, sorority parties, weddings, graduation parties,” Musiel explains.
Whether you’re staying overnight or just as a guest for a few hours, the views of Lake Whitney are equally beautiful.
“It’s definitely on a cliff, which makes these dramatic views. It’s elevated about 30 feet above the water,” says Musiel.
A new owner could take the castle in a variety of directions, according to the agent.
“There are endless possibilities to it. There is nothing like it. It is like a needle in a haystack. When people see it, their eyes light up,” he says. “I watch it happen every time.”
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