Anyone want to buy a castle in Transylvania?
A great opportunity in the real estate world has emerged, if you have a bucket of cash and a penchant for iconic castles, that is. Dracula’s Castle, or Bran Castle as it’s officially known, is on the market, and presents a huge opportunity to make loads of money, or so say the people trying to shift the thing…
First thing’s first: we don’t know how much it costs. The Archduke Dominic apparently offered it to the Romanian government for $80million (£47million) but the people selling it - Herzfeld and Rubin of New York – won’t divuldge an exact figure. $135m-ish sounds about right.
The castle sits atop a hill in Romania; the nearest town is Brasov, which is famous for it’s Hollywood-like sign. But that’s miles away, and no one, apart from astronauts, will be looking down on it. It has a rich history, from Saxon and Hungarian inhabitants, to Teutonic knights and Prince Vlad the Impaler, who spent time locked up within its walls, according to legend.
“What you have to remember is that this castle is the real thing. We don’t need men going around dressed up in old-fashioned costumes; the place speaks for itself,” said Mark Meyer of the firm. “At present, it makes a tidy profit, but in the right hands, it has the potential to generate far more revenue than we could ever imagine,” he added.
“If someone comes in with a reasonable offer, we will look at who they are, what they are proposing, and we will seriously entertain the idea,” Mark Meyer told the Telegraph. “What you have to remember is that this castle is the real thing. We don’t need men going around dressed up in old-fashioned costumes; the place speaks for itself.”
The property doesn’t come without its troubles, though; the plumbing is in serious need or refurbishment – apparently there aren’t working toilets, and you can forget about having a bath. But considering whoever buys it will be filthy rich, we’d assume they can shell out for some new pipes.
“The aim, though, is to take the whole thing a stage further, reroute the road and make Bran a destination, the kind of place people will stay for two or three days,” he said. “That’s why we’d like whoever buys the castle to continue running it as a tourist destination. This isn’t just a national monument, it’s the largest and most significant attraction in Romania.”