Live like Harry in one of these American homes.
With a worldwide record breaking opening weekend, the last chapter in the Harry Potter movie series “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2″ is laying ground to be one of the most memorable — and lucrative—movie endings of all time. For starters, the box office hit blew the midnight showings record out of the water, making $43.5 million in the U.S., up from Twilight’s $30 million in 2010 and set a new worldwide opening weekend record grossing $475.6 million from Friday to Sunday. So, who does Mr. Potter have to beat for the ultimate title of highest-grossing film in the world? Currently James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ holds the title which grossed nearly $2.8 billion in 2009. Titanic is slated second grossing $1.84 billion in 1997.
The cast, crew, and, of course, fans are sad to see the wizarding world come to an end but many have faith the magic will live on. For us non-magical folk, the easiest way to keep Harry Potter alive may be to buy a Hogwarts-worthy home. As it turns out, there are a plethora of castles for sale in the U.S. that could easily be a stunt double or close cousin to the infamous school of wizardry.
For Sale: $5,000,000
An abandoned castle in need of renovation is just the sort of place a wizard could hide out safely from prying Muggle eyes. Built in 1927, the 4,337-square-foot castle has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The property sits on 50 wooded acres and is sold “as is” for $5 million, ironically listed on the New Castle real estate market.
For Sale: $790,000
For a stone castle, anything under a million is a great deal — just ask any wizard. This 3,355-square-foot castle was built in 1939 and has been completely renovated while retaining its very “old-world charm.” In case you ever want to spend a night outside the 4-bed, 4-bath stone castle, the Orange, CT property also includes a small guest house.
For Sale: $2,995,000
Built in 1899, this stone mansion listed the Bronx real estate market was designed by architect Norman Foster for shipping line owner Giuseppe Cosulich, possibly as a copy of Cosulich’s family chateau in Croatia. Although over a hundred of years old, the castle is filled with 21st century Muggle updates like Sub-Zero kitchen appliances, Mitsubishi air-conditioning, Bose sound system and flat-screen TVs that all but make the need for Harry’s kind of magic obsolete.
For Sale: $9,500,000
Built in 1892 and under an hour away from New York City is a Beaux-Arts-style home that truly belongs on the Hogwarts grounds. A 15,000-sq ft home, separate cottage and two-story barn are situated on a lush 18-acres. The 30+ room main house features a great hall (enchanted ceiling unfortunately not included), billiards room, walk-in safe, walk-in ice box room, two kitchens, and an elevator. This Piermont castle is currently listed on the Orangeburg real estate market for $9.5 million.
For Sale: $11,000,000
Located on 61 acres of prime Great Barrington real estate, the Searles Hopkins Castle is a French chateau-style stone castle perfectly outfitted for a Harry Potter shoot. The 54,246-sq ft castle was commissioned in 1889 by Mary Hopkins, the widow of Mark Hopkins, founder of Central Pacific Railroad. Highlights of the remarkable property include a Louis XIV drawing room with gold leaf details, music room with a 42-ft done ceilings, large stone terraces overlooking the private pond and gardens, a stone loggia, garden temple, carriage house, barn and tennis court.
271 Hunting Ridge Rd, Stamford, CT 06903
For Sale: $1,099,000
Dubbed Chateau Rochamore (“love rock”), this snow-drenched Stamford castle will make you feel like you’ve been whimsically whisked away to Hogsmeade Village in the winter months. The custom-designed stone castle is a gem among North Stamford real estate and noted as one of the city’s “most significant estates.” Completed in 1906, the 4,800-sq ft castle contains 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 6 wood-burning fireplaces, and a great room with a three-story high beamed ceiling. The 3-acre property also includes an in-ground swimming pool and 3-car attached garage.
333 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
For Sale: $5,950,000
Complete with stone walls, tower, turrets, and almost 33 acres of landscaped grounds, Rhode Island’s Hazard Castle is only lacking a few broomsticks and an owl to properly outfit this home as a Hogwarts look-a-like. Built in 1882 for wealthy businessman Joseph Peace Hazard, this historic piece of Narragansett real estate has been on the market since May 2009. It’s currently listed for $5.95 million, down from its original listing price of $7 million. The Gothic Revival-style castle includes a 10,000-sq ft main house and three outbuildings that total 26,000 sq ft.
For Sale: $1,950,000
Though the Norumbega castle is of classic Victorian architecture, the black paint and stone accents of the exterior makes this coastal castle a prospective hide-out for Harry Potter’s arch-nemesis: He Who Must Not Be Named. With 13 rooms, 13.5 bathrooms and over 10,000 square feet of living space, this unique home can be a personal residence or 13-room inn, as noted in the listing description. Norumbega is currently listed on the Camden real estate market for $1.95 million.
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Live like Harry in one of these American homes.