Famed Count Dracula Crib Up For Sale
Ever wanted a picturesque vacation home far away from the hustle and bustle of city living? How about an idyllic home guaranteed to keep away unwanted guests (like the in-laws, perhaps?) Then head to Romania where the majestic castle of Count Dracula is offered at a reasonable price of only $80 million! That’s right, the Bran Castle, which was built in 1212 by Teutonic Knights is up for sale. Situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia, the infamous castle offers a glorious view.
The Count’s castle was destroyed in 1242 after being invaded by the Mongols but Louis 1 of Hungary game the Saxons of Kronstadt, permission to construct a stone castle on the same spot in 1377. The town of Bran eventually grew around the castle. The structure’s location made Bran castle the perfect defense post against invaders. Until the 1750s, Bran Castle was a military defense post against the Ottoman Empire and other invaders.
So how did Bran Castle rose to infamy as being the abode of the immortal Lord of the Undead, Count Dracula? Well, Bran Castle became the home of Vlad Ţepeş, aka Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century. Vlad is the same warlord rumored to love bathing in the blood of his enemies. Known for his cruelty, Vlad the Impaler was the man where the legendary Count Dracula character by Bram Stocker was based on. But, Bram Stocker never set foot on Count Dracula’s home. He developed the character by researching at the library.
The Bran castle changed hands over the years. In the 1920s, the majestic castle became the home of Romania’s royal family. It was seize by the communist government in the late 40s and eventually returned to the royal family and its current owner, the Archduke Dominic von Habsburg and his sisters Maria Magdalena and Elizabeth.
And now the historic castle is up for sale. NYC law firm, Herzfeld and Rubin, manages the sale. The Romanian government and the Archduke hopes that whoever is the lucky guy who will purchase the castle will continue to maintain its splendor. The Bran castle is a top tourist destination with 560,000 visitors per year. The local government has offered $80 million even though it knows the castle needs new bathrooms and other remodeling.