For $3.95 million, you can live in this perfectly adequate, (but nothing special) two-bedroom, two bathroom apartment on 53rd Street. Or! You can live in this castle in Yonkers that is the perfect mixture of French castle meets Eastern European discotheque. We know what we choose.
The castle at 170 Shonnard Terrace (known as Greystone Court) is currently owned by Kohle Yohannan, a writer and museum curator, who bought the home when it was a wreck in 2000 for $469,000 and proceeded to deck the bejeezus out of it. He imported actual historic rooms from Europe (from the 16th-18th centuries) and installed them in the castle, restoring it to its former glory. It has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, eleven fireplaces, an octagonal ballroom with Hudson River views, a formal dining room with a six-foot chandelier, a conservatory, a morning room, a billiard room, an observatory and — because you should pray if you own this house — a private chapel. Phew.
The home was first listed in 2011 for $4.95 million, but has recently been re-listed for $3.95 million.