Own Your Own Castle and Play Life-Size Chess On The Roof, As Royalty Does

This $1.2 million California house is a castle, and the listing makes no qualms about it.

The listing boasts a turret with a flag representing the castle, a dungeon with fireplace, a full bar to “entertain the realm" and a balcony “fit for a princess.” The listing agent encourages you to “bring your bannermen and coat of arms and take over the throne at Howden’s Castle.” There’s even a life-size chess board on the roof.

The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home’s exterior certainly looks like a castle, and the San Lorenzo River wraps around it almost like a moat. Inside, many of the rooms look downright Medieval–except for the strikingly bland, modern kitchen–and many include a few castle props like swords, statues and coats of arms.

The home was built in 1927 by its owner Robert Howden, hence its name, and has been a local tourist attraction ever since. Former owners expanded the property over the years. One would offer tours of the property, and another more recently converted it into a vacation rental for some time.

The property was put on the market last year for $1.6 million and, failing to fetch a buyer, was reduced this month to $1.2 million.

The castle is located in Ben Lomond, a small town in Santa Cruz, California. The home is represented by The Madani Real Estate Team.

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