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Live like royalty in a Spanish-style castle in Carbon County

TOWAMENSING TWP., Pa. - From above it's a picture fit for a prince or princess and on the ground, the Spanish-style castle rules the landscape.

"I would imagine there aren't many castles for sale in Carbon County right now," 69 News reporter Bo Koltnow said to realtor Mary Ann Pastore.

"Definitely not," she said.

The 15,000 square foot, unfinished homage to a monarch towers above Beltzville lake in Towamensing Township.

Pastore say it's modeled after the Castle of Manzanares El Real in Madrid, Spain.

"The view you get...it's not the Spanish countryside, but it's not bad," Koltnow said to her on the castles turret.

"No. It's not to bad, you have the lake, the mountains. It's gorgeous," she said.

The view and space fit for a queen or king are for sale. If sold at $1.7 million it would be the most expensive Carbon County home sale on record.

"Would you like to live in it?" Koltnow asked neighbor Tammy Fable. 

"I sure would," she said.

"Do you have $2 million?"

"Oh no," she chuckled.

Fable says the palace has garnered a royal following from locals.

"Everybody stops here along the road to look. They used to look at my horses but now they look at the castle," she said.

The home, which still needs $250,000 worth of stone façade and uses geothermal heat, was the dream of a New-Jersey based Polish immigrant who built it and is selling for personal reasons.

"This house will stand for centuries to come. It's all concrete and cinder block, everything purchased locally," Pastore said.

Pastore says the buyer, whoever that may be, should expect to spend an extra million bucks in finishing the fortress.

"Being in real estate the buyer could come from almost anywhere," she said.

And you don't have to be of the ruling class to lord over the rural digs.


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