January 26, 2012

A Beach House for Fantasy Fans

Recently we ran a rather unusual house that would make a great West Coast toehold for the White Castle burger chain.  Yes, it was an actual fracking CASTLE in the back of an otherwise normal home in Los Altos. Burbed reader Tracy is crazy for castles, and has been deploying the trebuchet to hurl several into the inbox.  Here’s another one if you can’t wait until April for Season 2 of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Unfortunately, this castle, like so many homes built on fantasies and empty treasure chests, was taken off-market.  So we’ll do our best to get the information to you, no matter how many real estate sites we have to scour to find it!

Watsonville, CA 95076
$1,795,000, delisted on 12/12/2011
Originally listed for $1,895,000


Beds: 6
Baths: 4
Sqft: 2,864
Lot: 9,146 sq ft / 0.21 acres
Type: Single Family
Year built: 1971
Last sold: September 22 1999 for $353,500

Beautiful ocean views, convenient beach access, private parking front and rear, quality remodel, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, custom home in Pajaro Dunes – Turnkey! Remodeled kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, roof, siding, windows, appliances. Pajaro Dunes is perhaps Northern California’s best kept secret! To live here or just to visit is an experience to be treasured. Come see for yourself!

imageWe’ve provided all 9 photos, because most of the other sites took them down when the listing got yanked.  Thank heavens for ZipRealty!  And we used Zillow to fill in all those missing pieces, like whether the castle actually had any rooms and was built after the Year 0.  Redfin provided the neighborhood plot layout at the bottom of this post.  Finally, this expired agent page provided the listing copy above.

The very first thing you’ll notice looking at the front of the house is that there isn’t any garage.  And that’s a good thing!  If you’re imagethe kind of person who wants to live in a castle, you don’t want any newfangled technology such as horseless carriages and wireless music using airwaves.  A six bedroom house means you can keep your own horn section to play flourishes when you enter each room.  And really, nobody should be waving except your courtiers.

So the plastic furniture really has to go.  Just set up some trestle tables and benches and you’ll be ready to serve up the wild boars.


I tell you, it’s being able to build a castle out of a 1971 tract house that makes this country great, even if said castle would be more appropriate on its lonesome on ten acres in Inverness, rather than on a 9000 square foot lot right next to traditional beach homes.


America, F*** YEAH!  Although the tennis courts ought to be replaced with a jousting pavilion, and the flag with one from, say, 971.

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

6 Responses to “A Beach House for Fantasy Fans”

  1. magdalena Says:

    Some people have such interesting lives of the mind: “Yeah, I’m going to make a ton of money and build a castle by the beach.”

    I understand the desire – hell, who wouldn’t want a castle – but it takes a special person to carry through on that desire. Being the gossipy, judgmental person that I am I know I’d certainly be talking about all the OTHER fantasies they probably engage in.

  2. Divasm Says:

    And again, no moat! What is with these young castle architects these days?

    I also think instead of that stained glass billiard table-themed lamp, they should have put in one of those chandeliers lit with wax candles that take 3 servants to light them. Or at least wall-mounted torches. But I love that they think that lamp is worthy of a photo all its own…forget showing me another boring bedroom, show me your tacky lighting!

  3. A Lewis Says:

    Love it. Just imagine the sounds of the kids going up and down those stairs continuously.

    Maybe it’s just me, but in my browser, every single apostrophe in your post is replaced by a question mark.

    “It?s very annoying to read.”

  4. z2amiller Says:

    @Divasim – I think the moat comes with the property, but you have to wait about 10 years for the sea level to rise sufficiently.

  5. nomadic Says:

    #3, I agree with you, A. Some realtard listings have the same glitch.

  6. madhaus Says:

    Hey, computers are fun, and rebuilding the site database over and over and over is even more fun. I’d be happy if the only problem that came up was Apostrophypse Now.

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