Chance to buy a castle

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Postby Abuela on Fri Jul 21, 2006 2:51 pm

jeepnstein wrote:If you don't keep up with the moat, however, the neighbors are free to drop in and pillage whenever they get a free minute. Good moats make good neighbors.

I just read something not that long ago about scent-based "weapons" that said that folks waaaay back in the day would surround their castles with all their animal refuse and rotting things to help deter people who were trying to break in.

So if I got a real castle, I'd FINALLY have something practical to do with the droppings from three dogs and all the dead mice!! :lol: :roll:
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Postby jeepnstein on Fri Jul 21, 2006 3:10 pm

I saw that on PBS once. The French launched a cow at their enemy with a trebuchet. This caused them to run away. Or was it a giant wooden badger?

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Re: Chance to buy a castle

Postby conchopearl on Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:52 am

This house originally belonged to my uncle, Barney A Garrett. We spent many magical hours running up and down the spiral staircases. While beautiful and unique, it needed many repairs when he passed. I'd love to go visit once again to see how it looks now. After reading the preceding posts, I probably would be very sad at what I saw. I have an old newspaper article that discusses all the aspects of how the castle was built. Very interesting read - just too bad that it wasn't taken care of better.
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Re: Chance to buy a castle

Postby khwils on Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:46 am

Well, this is a 2006 post - did anybody buy it and fix it up?

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Postby rncx on Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:50 am

lrkrgrrl wrote:Hmm, yes, castles are well known for their plumbing problems. Upkeep on the moat alone can run into the big bucks every year. Stocking it with alligators and piranha is, of course, a necessity, although some claim it to be a needless extravagance.

and that's without counting the heating cost on your pots of boiling oil up on the turrets that you dump on the vinyl salesmen that stop by.
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Re: Chance to buy a castle

Postby Battlecat on Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:57 am

It was sold in 2006 to two loving owners it seems

Looking at Bing maps , it's still standing...
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Re: Chance to buy a castle

Postby TinyOldHouse on Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:11 pm

Battlecat wrote:It was sold in 2006 to two loving owners it seems

Looking at Bing maps , it's still standing...

Here's a link to the post directly about it.... ... t&p=160841

It took me a while to wade through the page to find it.

Thanks for digging that up for us! I'm so glad it went to people who are interested in preserving and fixing up.
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Re: Chance to buy a castle

Postby zephyr on Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:34 pm

Found this website while looking for information on the Castle house. I used to live in Waco and love to see the houses that are for sale on the street where the castle is located. It is once again for sale: ... qtype=resi

If this doesn't work you can do a search on kelly realtor's website for houses on Austin Ave.
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Re: Chance to buy a castle

Postby dalmatiangirl61 on Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:58 pm

PO's never got around to renovating the Castle, asking price was $175,000 in 2006, today they are asking $349,900 :shock: , gotta love that Texas market :lol: Guess I'll stick it out with my own castle :D

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