If you want to feel like you’re going back to the Medieval period or living in a real-life “Game of Thrones,"look no further than this mansion/time machine. The 5,500-square-foot home in Austin, Texas, can help you realize your royal fantasies and is on the market for $2.285 million.
The Medieval-style home is nestled in Shady Hollow, a secluded neighborhood in South Austin. With four bedrooms and four bathrooms, the house features weathered stone walls and carved wood arches, custom oak cabinetry, and a formal living room with a traditional travertine fireplace and Onyx floor, according to the listing. The property was listed by Sotheby’s International Realty last week.
The listing shows the property also comes complete with a 14th century stone cottage through the stone path outside the main residence, which has a dry stacked stone interior, crafted stained glass, ceiling paintings that tell a knight’s exemplary tale with a plethora of family crests and Gothic moldings atop a stained wood ceiling.
But for Stephanie Nick, the listing agent, the most magical part of this property is the backyard. "The backyard is absolutely stunning and one of a kind. When you step into the garden, it feels like you are in the Renaissance era and it just takes your mind off everything,” Ms. Nick said. In fact, the backyard won second place in a national backyard competition hosted by “Good Morning America” in 2012.
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The owner and builder, Craig Turner, and his wife, Ciera, are artists. Mr. Turner said they had been living in Africa and traveling around the world before they settled down in Austin and raised their three kids here.
“I built this place for my kids and my wife to have a quality life. This home was an outlet for my artistic passion and dedicated to my love for them,” Mr. Turner said.
According to property records, the Turner family bought this property in 1992, and they have been living there since. The Turners have worked on this house over the last 25 years, according to the listing agent. Mr. Turner said all the paintings, carpeting and molding were done by him, and he cut no corners in every detail. “Some of the stained glass contains real gold. I melt some gold and mix it in the glass so it can reflect and shine in the sun,” he said.
But after dedicating almost a quarter of a century to the house, it’s time to move on. Mr. Turner said now that their children have moved out, he doesn’t want to spend the rest of his life maintaining the property. “I’m almost 64 now,” he said. I’d like to go back to Africa for the last time and just paint.“
The listing agent told Mansion Global she hasn’t received any offers yet. But Mr. Turner is unfazed. He said, "This place is worth much more than it’s priced.”
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