Location: Woodstock, Connecticut
Listed: $60 million
Features: Built in the Gothic architectural style of European castles, complete with motes but with modern luxury.
Additional attractions: With 9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 12 fireplaces, and a pool, the property is spread over 400 acres with a 30-acre pond.
You don’t have to go to Disneyland to find a castle in America. Located at 450 Brickyard Road in Woodstock, Connecticut, the castle mimics both the architecture and craftsmanship of castles once home to European nobility.
Construction was overseen by current owner Chris Mark and took seven years to complete, completed in 2010.
The castle will be relisted in February 2022 for $60 million. That’s a notable uptick from his previous $35 million price tag in November 2021. The listing is handled by Compass, with John Pizzi acting as listing agent. RISMedia spoke with Pizzi about his marketing strategy and what makes this space so special.
Devin Meenan: How would you describe the current state of the luxury market in Connecticut, and how has this affected your real estate sales efforts?
John Pizzi: The financial environment has not had a major impact on the luxury market. Current interest rates have had some impact on low-end properties (property under $500,000), but the luxury market is stable.
DM: What was the pricing process for this property?
EN: Of course, this was a few months ago and the price of materials has come down a bit since then, but labor costs have gone up. If he were to build another castle he intended, it would cost him $60 million to build it, so he decided that would be the price of what he was selling.
DM: What makes this property a unique opportunity for buyers?
EN: Everything about the property is unique because it is eclectic rather than ordinary. Approaching the castle and looking at it from afar, you might think that this is Europe and he was built in the 15th century, but in fact he didn’t start construction until 2003. it is unique. Very gothic, but with all the modern conveniences you can’t see in the structure alone. For example, you can control sounds, lights, and curtains with your iPhone, but you can’t control things that ruin a building’s age.
DM: What is your strategy for pitching your property to buyers?
EN: In addition to social media, we also advertise internationally. With a net worth of $60 million, he needs to find one person with an attractive lifestyle that sets him apart from the rest. For most people, living in a castle is a novelty. We have received many inquiries, but it is not a run-of-the-mill modern architectural property.
DM: What makes this a ‘great space’?
EN: No. 1 is the fact that it sits on 400 acres. It also has its own pond, called Porter’s Pond, which is actually closer to the lake, with a castle built on the peninsula and a moat that completely surrounds it. No need to worry about the army coming, but an authentic castle atmosphere. The owner brought European craftsmen to Connecticut to build the building.I don’t know the exact number, but there are about 35 or 40 exotic hardwoods throughout the property.Many of the doors and mantelpieces are from around the world. Although collected from , the owners have frequented various antique architectural salvage sites in Europe to truly give it the feel and flavor of a Gothic castle.
For more information, see: www.compass.com.