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(NYPost)   Now you can buy a "fairy tale" castle in Lake Peekskill, NY, for just $675K. Just in case you're thinking you're really wealthy and want to get stormed by the pitchfork wielding crowd   (nypost.com) divider line
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2020-12-08 4:30:49 PM  
Archers wanted, bring your own arrows
 
2020-12-08 4:57:11 PM  
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2020-12-08 5:48:15 PM  
I know STEM is a new tab and all, but Mods, how is this STEM?
 
2020-12-08 7:10:29 PM  
So, $675K for a property that brings in $10-12K/month of revenue?

Sure.
 
2020-12-08 8:03:29 PM  
The article says it is 1600sqft, but the pictures don't look it.
 
2020-12-08 8:30:14 PM  

madgonad: The article says it is 1600sqft, but the pictures don't look it.


Very wide angle lens. It's a necessity for interiors.
 
2020-12-08 8:41:35 PM  

jerryskid: So, $675K for a property that brings in $10-12K/month of revenue?

Sure.


I have friends who rent place a place in Michigan for $8,000 per week. It might be more at the peak summer season.

I would think Peekskill being so close to NYC the prices would be even higher.
 
2020-12-08 8:49:39 PM  
You call that a castle? It has only two porcelain thrones.
 
2020-12-08 9:17:49 PM  
Was it designed by a blind architect?
 
2020-12-08 9:40:28 PM  

petec: I know STEM is a new tab and all, but Mods, how is this STEM?


To turn this INTO a STEM thread, let's all imagine how anyone is going to heat that thing.

I figure it is either a silly brick or stone facade over a reasonable and modern structure, or some joker really did decide to make a fully stone castle-ish thing. If it is the latter, then we are looking at a White Elephant that someone will be lucky to unload.

Castles were built for defense. In a lot of ways, they were superior to normal homes of their era, but those other homes were wattle and willow, or a few structural members with thatch between them. Drafts were filled with grass, hair, mud, or let's face it, anything that would stop a draft.

Stone walls do not a castle keep, and they sure do not keep warm in cold weather. But hey, it is a castle! How expensive could it be? Well. A thousand a month? Anyone want to guess? 2000 per month in the dead of winter? I had a chance to buy a house some years ago, with THREE fireplaces and an indoor swimming pool. Not an old house. It is nearby, so I know the guy who bought it, and he is paying upwards of 1500 a month to heat it for about 4 months a year. He finally gave up trying to chop up enough wood to send heat up his chimneys, but I am sure they are sucking heat out of the house anyway.

Anyway, things like this are a mess. Better marry a princess if you want to live in a castle.
 
2020-12-08 10:08:13 PM  
Does it have nice knockers?
 
2020-12-08 10:30:23 PM  

Foolkiller: Does it have nice knockers?


Frau Blücher!
 
2020-12-08 11:02:08 PM  
That's no fairy tale castle, THESE are fairy tale castles:

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https://www.boredpanda.com/turkey-aba​n​doned-villas-disney-castles


/Not all fairy tales have happy endings
 
2020-12-09 10:59:59 AM  

2fardownthread: petec: I know STEM is a new tab and all, but Mods, how is this STEM?

To turn this INTO a STEM thread, let's all imagine how anyone is going to heat that thing.

I figure it is either a silly brick or stone facade over a reasonable and modern structure, or some joker really did decide to make a fully stone castle-ish thing. If it is the latter, then we are looking at a White Elephant that someone will be lucky to unload.

Castles were built for defense. In a lot of ways, they were superior to normal homes of their era, but those other homes were wattle and willow, or a few structural members with thatch between them. Drafts were filled with grass, hair, mud, or let's face it, anything that would stop a draft.

Stone walls do not a castle keep, and they sure do not keep warm in cold weather. But hey, it is a castle! How expensive could it be? Well. A thousand a month? Anyone want to guess? 2000 per month in the dead of winter? I had a chance to buy a house some years ago, with THREE fireplaces and an indoor swimming pool. Not an old house. It is nearby, so I know the guy who bought it, and he is paying upwards of 1500 a month to heat it for about 4 months a year. He finally gave up trying to chop up enough wood to send heat up his chimneys, but I am sure they are sucking heat out of the house anyway.

Anyway, things like this are a mess. Better marry a princess if you want to live in a castle.


Did you look at the inside photos? Not much exposed stonework. So just assume that behind all of that drywall is a bat of insulation between the studs. Also, chimneys aren't a heat issue anymore. I removed the dampers on my (three) fireplaces and installed specialized chimney caps. At the top of the chimney the cap is attached to the flu. The cap is sealed to the flu and inside the cap is an insulated metal damper on a hinge. The damper is attached to a metal cable which goes down the flu to an adjustable mount so that you can open/close the damper in the chimney cap as desired. The metal cap connects with a rubberized sealing ring to prevent air from moving between the flu and the outside when closed. If you have a fire you just adjust the cable attachment to let the smoke out. A damper above the fire must be steel (and leaky) because of the heat, but if that damper is at the top it can be a rubber/metal seal which totally blocks air leakage. Also, modern castle construction includes insulation layers within the stonework.
 
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