Problem: You want to live like royalty, but also don’t want to move out of Idaho.
Solution: Build the Boise Castle.
Now listed for $2.78 million, this four-story, 5,845-square-foot, five-bedroom castle in Boise is actually a gorgeous home. “The owner designed it with an architect,” says listing agent Missy Coman. “It was his inspiration.”
But…why? “He loved the time period, and his children were the right age to really have a lot of fun with it. They embraced living in a castle.” OK, why not?
It’s a high-end castle, too, completed in 2010 after two years of work. All the doors, flooring, and beams are reclaimed hardwood from the area; the full-stone exterior walls are from a local quarry, and a geothermal heat pump keeps the home cozy in the winter and cool in the summer without racking up huge energy bills. It has five full baths, three half-baths, a full-floor master suite with office and workout room, and a separate guest suite with kitchen, huge bathroom, and washer and dryer.
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The roof features radiant heat that melts the snow, a hot tub with dragon fountain (yes, dragon fountain), a grill, bar, and even a greenhouse. Throughout the castle are touchscreens that control smart home features. And if you’re worried about home security, the entryway has a (nonworking) portcullis, and there are arrow slits on the roofs for your archers. “It’s a fusion of centuries,” says Coman. “It’s got everything from the medieval period plus the high-tech things people want today.”
Inside of one of the turrets, you’ll find a media room, a dining room outfitted with round table and movie-prop throne, and a sitting room that can double as a theater. The current owner has often opened his castle to the community, hosting Shakespeare performances and the local ballet. It’s a perfect spot for your Targaryen cosplay group to meet!
The finishes are fit for a king: custom plumbing fixtures throughout, a dreamy brass farm sink in the kitchen, a plunge tub and steam shower in the master bath, and of course, a wine cellar (which can probably double as dungeon in a pinch). The enormous kitchen has two dishwashers, three ovens, and a huge butler’s pantry with a full refrigerator and freezer. “The home is set up for entertaining,” says Coman. Which makes sense, because if you’re going to spring for a multi-million dollar castle, wouldn’t you want to show it off?
OK, so the Boise Castle isn’t for everyone, but for the right green-living royal, it’s an amazing space.
“Everything is the highest quality,” says Coman. “It’s very warm, inviting, and livable.” Even people who were initially skeptical were won over by the home’s quirky style and amazing amenities. “When you go through it, you’re inspired. Everyone who sees is it amazed.” Forget Westeros, who will rule Boise?
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