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    Default Would you buy a castle if given the option?

    It's in the fluff zone because this is.. well.. fluff.. hypothetical question.. but is seeking somewhat serious answers.

    http://9gag.com/gag/aKzj3Qg?ref=fb.s This inspired the topic. Basically: Badass castles in other countries cost LESS than shitty NYC apartments.

    Why don't more people live in more luxurious homes farther out? I'm not talking people who have to commute to work all the time or anything.. I'm talking if 10 retired people living in $200-300k suburbia instead spent the same amount of money each month on a bad ass castle in a beautiful area. (I'm sure there's logistical issues with 10 people wanting the exact same thing, but it has to be out there..)

    Anyways. Question is: If someone was gathering people you could stand to live in the same huge building, would you take this over, say, settling in a small place in the middle of a subdivision or something on your own? Why or why not?

    Honestly. I would take that any day of the week. Beautiful lands, lovely genuine castle with more character than any modern home, and a bit extra a month out of our pocket would pay people to clean it and I could live like a king on a pauper's pension.
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    Yes of course. If there are enough people it actually sounds really fun.
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    I'd rather have a studio apartment for the price of those castles...a fancy one, of course...because there is no sense in walking three miles across wings from the computer to the bathroom.

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    I would if I didn't have to live there all the time... I mean I don't really want to live in a castle but the part about living with a bunch of friends on a beautiful piece of property sounds like lots if fun.
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    I would and shout from the castle top, "off with their heads" or something to that effect. Then I'd probably get bored and just move to the city instead.

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    I'd rather own an island than a castle.

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    I would consider it if there was staff for cooking and cleaning and grounds. And if it's for when I'm old, an elevator in case my joints don't like me anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü™ View Post
    I'd rather have a studio apartment for the price of those castles...a fancy one, of course...because there is no sense in walking three miles across wings from the computer to the bathroom.
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    as for the OP- I wouldn't buy a house OR a castle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicon View Post
    As the governor of my new home would say,

    No kidding, he's your landlord?

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    On the one hand, I love the photos of those castles. The idea of it is very appealing. The problem is one of practicality. If you're working in a big city it is pretty hard to get a castle within commuting distance. Then there is the cost and effort associated with maintaining the thing - which is big and old. For the retired people that were mentioned - why would they need at 10K - 20K feet of living space? What would you do with all that space? It's nicer in my opinion to have something a little cozier. I stayed in a French Chateau once. I guess that's sort of like a castle. The place was stunning from the outside. We were on the second floor (see windows to the right of the turret in the middle). I recall sneaking up to the business office which was on the third floor to use the Internet and check what was going on here.



    It was pretty nice but on the inside, I actually like my house quite a bit more.

    So my answer to the question is it sounds a lot nicer than it probably is.

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