Ever since my twins were born a couple of years ago, our house has steadily become smaller and smaller each passing day. I guess we could blame the increasing amount of toddler toys, the wife’s increasing “collection of memories” (I say that with affection) and our two dogs.Well, I have found a great solution to our problem — Bran Castle in central Romania. Yeah, Romania . . . I figure with having two dogs, a wife, and twins the cost of living in Romania would be lower in the States and I could live like . . . well, a King in matter of speaking. Plus it has a dungeon we could use as the mother-in-law suite.
Bran Castle is an example of 13th century architecture and was originally built by the Teutonic Knights as a stronghold against the invading Turks into central Europe. Over the years, the castle has had a list of colorful and interesting owners. Some of the past and present owners have been Queen Marie, the Communist government of Romania, and the Saxons of Kronstadt.
Oh, I forgot to mention that one of its most famous owners was Vlad Tepes. “The Impaler” is also known as Vlad Dracula or Dracula. In case you are not aware Vlad is the principal character that Bram Stroker fashioned Dracula on in his 1897 novel. Stroker also used Bran Castle as the model for Dracula’s castle in his novel.
Boy, what a conversational piece at parties — “Have you seen my house? No. Oh, it the castle over there that once owned by Dracula.” Now that’s one way to bring attention to yourself.
Enough on Vlad, lets talk about my new home. Bran Castle is a 4-story stronghold with a watch room, several bedrooms, dining room, chapel, music saloon, a great hall, a room for hunting trophies (if I only hunted) and etc. Enough space that I would need a road map to reach the other floors. Plus, the fountain in the square can provide drinking water for the dogs. Now that is a house!!!
For as little of $135 million I can have this wonderful piece of history all for my own. Now that is truly a bargain.