At 450 Brickyard Road in Woodstock, CT there is a $39 million castle, complete with a gate, a moat and turrets. Although no dragons or drawbridges (perhaps they cost extra?)
It was built by Christopher Mark, a man described by the Daily Mail as an “Eccentric Millionaire.” Mark comes from a family of steel tycoons, and is the great-grandson of pioneer pipe-maker Clayton Mark.
Construction of the castle was completed in 2009 at a reported cost of $4.1 million.
Weirdly, and according to Connecticut Mag, the property was licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a traveling zoo. Ever weirder (and sadder) is the fact that it was alleged that neglect led to the death-by-starvation of one of the zoo’s camels in 2010 reports Curbed.
Today the 18,777-square-foot property is listed by Randal Realtors and it has been on the market since September 2014.
It comes with nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 75 acres of land, and some very, very quirky interior design.