Dracula’s castle is up for sale for an undisclosed price and the right buyer. Don’t forget that you are not only buying a centuries old fortress, you are also buying one of the most famous pieces of real estate in the world.
Reports have the family who owns the castle today offering the property to the Romanian Government for $85 million. This is a whopping amount of money for a building without so much as one bathroom, according to Fox News on May 12.
That’s right, Dracula’s mansion in Transylvania doesn’t have any toilet facilities. The family that owns the castle today are descendants of Queen Victoria. The castle came back to the family following the collapse of communism.
Three siblings from the Habsburg family own the property and they are all in the 70s. They do not have the energy or the time to put into this castle to bring it into modern times.
The castle needs a lot of renovations, starting with a place indoors to relieve oneself when nature calls. The man who would handle the sale, if there is one, is Mark Meyer from the New York real estate firm of Herzfeld and Rubin.
He will be handling the sale, but he refused to discuss the price. You see, technically the castle isn’t on the market, but the family will consider selling the place for the right price and the right buyer, according to CBS News.
The castle is nestled in Romania’s countryside with the nearest town miles away, so it is a place that you can go to if you want to be alone, really alone. The Bran castle’s previous owners date back centuries from the Saxons to Teutonic knights. Vlad “The Imaler” Tepes, is definitely this castle’s most famous owner.
Vlad was a warrior and he was imprisoned in the castle in the 15th century. He got the name Count Dracula because he was a member of the House of Draculesti. The 19th-century writer Bram Stoker took it from there and the famous vampire was born, in literature.
As it stands today, Meyer claims it makes a “tidy profit.” He also claims that in the right hands, “it has the potential to generate far more revenue than we could ever imagine.” That might be especially true for the person who puts in a pay-toilet!
He reminds folks that this castle is the “real thing.” There is no need to see people in garb from yesteryear to give this castle the feel of reality. It is real enough the way it is.