Northern California is home to many unique residential properties. Add this medieval-style castle to the list.
Located in the exclusive East Bay town of Alamo, this 4,476-square-foot mansion rocks the ideal vibe for your next “Game of Thrones” viewing party. Sitting on 2.2 acres on a hillside with 360-degree views that include Mount Diablo and the Las Trampas ridgeline, it’s on the market for $3,475,000,
The original owner, who custom-built the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in 1988, lived in it for only four years before moving out as the result of a divorce. He made sure his vision for the home was realized—he brought his massive collection of architectural and antique relics, including a total of 120,000 bricks sourced from around the region.
“He collected items over a 20-year period of time,” says listing agent Melissa Fulop of Compass.
Salvaged church pews were repurposed into a staircase. All doors, hinges, and handles are custom. Roof rafters tease the eye because, upon further study, one sees faces, objects, and animals carved into the wood. A solid oak bar dating to the 1890s was purchased in Sussex, England.
The next buyer has the option to fold the bar—plus a knight’s armor set currently residing at the home—into the asking price. The current owners—the third to own the property—have lived here for 15 years.
While attending a dinner party at the castle, “they fell in love with it and bought it,” says Fulop. They are now moving out to enjoy their empty-nester status.
“You couldn’t replicate this house today for this price,” says Fulop. “It’s an awesome entertaining house. The homeowners used to host a castle party as a school auction. A local restaurant catered in a roasted pig, and people ate with their hands because they didn’t have utensils ‘back then.’”
As a testament to the home’s durability, few updates have been made since its 1988 construction and none (other than for cosmetic reasons of personal taste) are needed.
“All the walls are brick. Only two bedrooms don’t have brick walls,” says Fulop.
The neighborhood attracts families, many who commute to Silicon Valley or San Francisco for work.
“People move here because the schools are great,” says Fulop. But it’s not just a bedroom community. “Walnut Creek (five minutes away) is becoming the shopping hub in the East Bay—Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and all the higher-end stores are here now.”
Several parks and hiking trails, including at Mount Diablo State Park, are nearby.
What kind of person will buy this? Someone who wants proximity to all that the Bay Area offers, as well as “a unique place to stay in Northern California part time,” says Fulop.
But, above all, the winning offer will be from “somebody who really likes this style,” says Fulop. Perhaps a “Game of Thrones” fan?