Spectacular French Castles That Cost Less Than A Manhattan Apartment

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Leave Your Duplex and Buy Your Own Castle 

NYC is getting ridiculously expensive, and the market doesn’t show signs of a cooldown. At 2 million dollars (1.8 million euros), the average Manhattan apartment is a bit of a luxury.

But if you can’t afford your dream 2-bedroom in the West Village, find comfort in the fact that it’s not too late to trade your Big Apple dream for a “simpler” life as a French castle owner.

Here are some truly incredible French castles that are a bargain compared to Manhattan real estate.

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18th Century Castle in Normandy – $774, 000

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Nestled in a green plain bordered to the East by Pays d’Auge and to the West by the forest of Gouffern is a medieval tower and a magical castle that was built during the reign of Henry IV.

Designated historic monument, this 5,000 square feet castle combines strength, charm, and sobriety. The gated property is replete with all the castle essentials, including a stone staircase, skylights, cross-opening machicoulis, gigantic fireplaces, a guardroom with semi-spheric vault.

More information: Art Pierre Immo

19th Century Castle in Picardie – $825,000

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Ever dreamed of owning a fairytale home in the heart of nature? This charming 19th Century castle is looking for its new owner. Located on a 4-acre manicured park, this 4,150 square feet castle is replete with 9 comfortable bedrooms that have retained their historic settings.

Some of the highlights of the property include vast reception rooms with parquet floors and fireplaces, a game room with anteroom in the attic, and multiple kitchens.

More information: Groupe Mercure

17th Century Castle in Picardie – $1,024,000

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Located 15 minutes from the city of Compiègnes, in a quiet village in the castle region of Picardie, this modest Romantic French castle was built for comfort.

Built on a vast private park, the 14-room castle is in impeccable condition and features a large veranda forming entrance, multiple bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens, a small guest house, and a 4-car garage.

More information: Groupe Mercure

18th Century Castle Near Soissons – $753,000

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In Soissons, an hour and a half drive away from Paris, hides an unconventional white stone 18th Century castle. Entirely rehabilitated into a contemporary home, this property has retained its historic cachet thanks to its abundance of old elements and details, including stone flooring, tiled kitchen with a stone fireplace.

It offers approximately 4,000 square feet of living space on 3 levels, an annex room to entertain your guests, and has a southern exposure over a private park. The castle comes with a comfortable master suite with mezzanine, a 700 square feet game room, and yes, a bread oven!

More information: Le Figaro

Mansion in Oisemont – $725,000

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This red-brick character home is located just 2 hours North of Paris on a 2-acre fully landscaped park and garden with stone patio seating and a pigeon park.

Built on two levels, the mansion was built in 1659 and includes 4 bedrooms, a large living room with a fireplace built from local stones, a vestibule leading to a Louis XV parlor, and a 1,500 square foot outbuilding replete with billiard room, a reception room, a workshop, and garages.

More information: Groupe Mercure

18th Century Castle in Berry – $1,600,000

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Do you believe that bigger is better? If so, this vast property in the Berry region, home to French writer George Sand, is meant for you.

Built on 155 acres of land and bordered by a river, the property includes a historic 15,000 square feet castle with a spa, wine cellar, Belgian black marble fireplaces, and 7 guesthouses. The trick? Only two-thirds of the property have been renovated.

More information: Cabinet Mertais-Bertrand

16th Century Castle in Tours – $1,235,000

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Ever dreamed to golf on your property? This elegant, Classic-style castle holds 50 acres of land where you can hit the green.

But that’s not it. The ornate castle featuring ionic and Corinthian pilaster on its facade itself has a rich history. It was built on a Gallo-roman site and appears on the Cassini map, the first general map based on geometric triangulation.

The castle is surrounded by two outbuildings and includes terracotta tile flooring, high mantle fireplaces with inlaid marble, and exposed beams for added character.

More information: Le Figaro

Eccentric Castle In Burgundy – $1,080,000

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For a castle that is out of the ordinary, opt for this dramatic castle in the wine region of Burgundy. Transformed into a full-blown castle in 1899 replete with dependencies, dungeons, and its own chapel, this property was originally a modest winemaker house.

Inspired by Italian art, the main outpost is decorated with multicolored tiles reminiscent of the Medieval era, painted ceilings with decoration scenes, and exposed beams featuring geometrical elements. To top it off, the castle includes a rococo theater with dome ceiling and lavish decorum.

More information: Patrick Besse

18th Century Castle in Cognac – $879,000

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Most castles will shun you away from the buoyant rumble of civilization. But if you’re in the market for a fully modernized castle in the heart of the city, this imposing 18th Century property may be what you need.

Close to all amenities, the 3-storey building includes various reception rooms, 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool and your own private elevator.

More information: Le Figaro

17th Century Manor in Lisieux – $1,550,000

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Built on a 32-acre park, this lovely, half-timbered manor house is located in a small hamlet nestled in a well-protected valley in Normandy.

The manor includes 7 bedrooms with period decoration, a children’s playroom, beautiful fireplaces, and original paneling. A rose garden and paddocks and cider apple orchards complete the property.

More information: Philippe Hawkes

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