Thursday, April 28, 2011

On the Market--A Southern Castle

Though I am loathe to play any part in it, for better or worse, the collective attention of the world seems to be focused this week on the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton. I thought it was a perfect time to take a little tour of a castle in the unlikeliest of places--Greenville, SC.

According to listing information, the over-100-year-old castle was built for a German baroness and was modeled after a castle on the Rhine. The $2.75 million asking price not only gets one lucky buyer their very own schloss, but 30 acres on Paris Mountain with incredible views of Greenville and the mountains.

From what little information I could gather on the internet, the castle has been lived in for years by an elderly couple (the listing confirms that it has been held by one family since the 1920's). Teenage lore of the 1980's pegged the estate as "Devil's Castle" and it was a longstanding rumor that it was used by Satan worshippers who, every Halloween, would abduct a child to sacrifice on the castle's grounds. (Naturally, there was no basis in fact to those rumors.)

While the castle is in need of some updating, it's an undeniably beautiful structure. Take a look:

The exterior, love the ivy growing over the building!

Not sure what this space is, but it seems to be just a large hall.

View of the castle from the 1/3 mile driveway.

Beautiful lush landscaping.

The kitchen could use an update, but that shouldn't be a problem for new owners who have almost three million to spend.

Beautiful beamed ceiling in this great room.

Stone arches frame the view from this porch.

This face of the castle peeks through the trees to the town below.

Great stone trim inside at the stairway.

Another view of the exterior.

(all photos taken from current listing information)

10 comments:

  1. It's lovely! And fitting for the Royal Couple!
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  2. I would love to see it once the new owners get in and add their "touch" to it! thanks for dropping by!

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  3. I want to see this place. Is it open to viewers? What's the address?

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    1. Warning do not go there!!!!

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  4. COLDWELL BANKER CAINE--WILLIAMS ST. has the listing, Cantor. I'm not sure of the exact address, but if you called and asked about the castle on Paris Mountain, I'm pretty sure this would be the only one.
    (864) 250-2850 is the number for that office.

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  5. When I went to Berea High school around 78-80 some friends and I rode up there while we smoked a joint, going down the driveway, when u get to the end there is a statue of lucifer. ive seen it and taken others to see it. its pretty unnerving to say the least! i mean WHY does someone go to all the trouble to put this in the courtyard next to their home???? just wanted to share thr truth.

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  6. I AM INTERESTED IN GETTING MY ENGAGEMENT/WEDDING PHOTO SHOOT DONE AT THE CASTLE. WHO DO I GET INTO CONTACT WITH TO EVEN ASK ABOUT THIS.

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    1. I wish I could help! Its no longer on the market...so I assume its a private home again.

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