A huge Connecticut lock built by the great-grandson of a Chicago steel tycoon and suitable for royalty is on the market for a whopping $ 35 million.
Chris Mark, great-grandson of Chicago steel magnate Clayton Mark Sr., built the fairytale-style castle – complete with towers and turrets and a moat and drawbridge – for his two daughters after they expressed their desire to dress up as princesses.
According to the property, the towers of the castle tower 12 meters into the sky listing.
Chrismark Castle, as it is known, is about 64 miles from Hartford and offers 18,777 square feet of living space with eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms and seven floors.
In the basement there is a fully functional theater with a stage, lighting and music so that Mark’s daughters can realize their dream of a princess life.
The lock was originally listed for $ 45 million in 2014 before being taken off the market in 2016 after the price was lowered to $ 32 million.
Now Mark is bringing the lock back onto the market five years later.
Pictured: A giant Connecticut castle, built by the great-grandson of a Chicago steel tycoon and suitable for royalty, is on the market for a whopping $ 35 million
The Chrismark Castle pictured is approximately 64 miles from Hartford and offers 1,877 square feet of living space with eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms and seven floors
The 75 acre property includes a 30 acre peninsula along the tree-lined Potter Pond that was excavated to build the moat
Pictured: Chris Mack, who built the castle in 2003, can be seen with camels. The property once housed a private zoo for his daughters, which once housed emus and a zebra
“It’s a truly one-of-a-kind fairytale castle in 75 acres of Connecticut woodland, and it was built with truly remarkable craftsmanship and attention to detail,” said John Pizzi, a real estate agent at Randall Realtors Compass Robb report.
Pizzi added that construction of the castle began as early as 2003 after Mark took a two-year trip around Europe collecting materials from French castles to old churches and cathedrals, which he then shipped to the United States.
Mark also imported a variety of rare hardwoods, with the castle containing over 25 different tree species.
He even hired a local Connecticut boat builder who specializes in restoring wooden yachts to hand carve all of the doors and moldings, while also buying a nearby iron foundry for their metalworking equipment for wrought iron gates, stairs and windows.
Craftsmen from around the world have been hired to complete the construction of the castle.
âDuring the seven-year construction process, more than 100 craftsmen, mainly from Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic, were flown in to help with the construction. The craftsmanship is just amazing, âreveals Pizzi.
Pictured: a formal dining room with hand-carved wooden doors
Mark hired a local Connecticut boat builder who specializes in restoring wooden yachts to hand carve all of the doors and moldings
Pictured: one of 12 chimneys in one of eight bedrooms in the castle
A foyer, pictured, with additional hand-carved wooden floors made from one of 25 different types of wood that can be found throughout the house
Pictured: one of nine bathrooms inside the castle with medieval decor
Meanwhile, the 75 acre property includes a 30 acre peninsula along the tree-lined Potter Pond that was excavated to build the moat.
According to the listing, two castellated stone bridges are the only way to cross them.
Mark had bought 400 hectares of surrounding land during the construction process, which Pizzi says can be made available depending on the buyer’s interests.
The eccentric house also includes a huge jacuzzi hot tub with rock waterfall, tree trunk supports in the master bathroom, and a massive vaulted glass floor observation room that looks down into the master bedroom 12 meters below.
The castle even has several secret passages and a dungeon.
The massive lock was loudly used for fashion shoots, music videos and even a Hallmark Channel movie, ‘One Royal Holiday’ Yahoo! Life.
The house includes a variety of medieval antiques, pictured above alongside another of 12 chimneys in the castle
Pictured: a hand-carved wooden spiral staircase inside the castle, complete with a tree-lined mural
A picture of the castle kitchen with a wall of windows that offers plenty of natural sunlight in the morning
Another of the eight bedrooms, pictured. Mark also imported a variety of rare hardwoods, with the castle containing over 25 different tree species
The property once included a private zoo for his daughters that once housed camels, emus, and a zebra.
There are also 12 fireplaces, a hand-carved wooden spiral staircase, and a medieval dining room.
According to the advertisement, the property also has a swimming pool and a boat dock.
âOf course, such a specialized property is not for everyone,â said Pizzi.
âIt will likely only appeal to buyers who are looking for something unusual, unique and extraordinary. Someone who really wants to live like a king or queen in a real castle. ‘