We thought we'd seen the death of the McMansion with everyone flocking to live in a tiny home. Although small-space living does have its perks -- it's good for the environment, saves money, and offers the opportunity to get creative with your space -- who wouldn't want to live like a king or queen?
We can certainly understand the appeal of grand staircases, incredible architecture and the reaction you'll get after you tell people you live in a chateau. If that's your thing (because it is a thing, apparently), you're in luck. Step inside five castles on the market right now:
Located about 35 miles from Paris, this haunting estate from 1504 served as the backdrop in a Rihanna music video. Although the castle, which has a chapel inside and comes with eight houses on the property, needs major renovations, the allure of secret staircases, beautiful gothic architecture and relative seclusion sound utterly charming.
This Connecticut castle has all the trappings of a European estate. With a moat, handful of towers, nine incredibly-well decorated bedrooms and seven bathrooms, you'll never want to leave this luxurious compound.
Not far from Switzerland and Germany, Château de Villersexel is not only a "steal" at $14 million, but it's also in mint condition. With 50 rooms, incredible tapestries and the original furnishings, this ancient, Louis XIII-style castle even comes with stables and a farm. Fun fact: It's been rebuilt twice -- once in the year 1000 (yes, really) and again in 1871.
This home, built in 1909, is definitely the best deal in our roundup. For just shy of $600,000, the future owner will get to lord over five bedrooms, four baths, a grand staircase and a faux lookout tower.
5. A quaint castle in Mooresburg, Tennessee
Price tag: $349,900
Although it may not look like much compared to larger castles, this little 2-bedroom Tennessee castle has a pretty neat story. The owners were huge fans of "Gone With The Wind," and wanted to build their home to look like Tara from the movie. Instead, they built a castle, but bought and installed the staircase from the movie theater where "Gone With The Wind" premiered to keep a piece of "Tara" with them.
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