Count Dracula’s castle is up for sale. The towering, 12th century home of Rumania’s royal heirs is priced at $80 million, but the sellers are getting on in years and would like to retire to someplace a little less medieval.
In real life, the castle has been home to Saxons, Hungarians and Teutonic knights, the Telegraph reports, and, perhaps, to the infamous Vlad the Impaler (Dracula’s inspiration), who might have been briefly held prisoner there in the 15th century. Eventually, Bran Castle fell into the hands of Romania’s royal family and was seized by the government in 1958. When the Ceausescu regime fell, the buiding once again came into possession of the remaining royal heirs, who have been tending to it ever since.
Now well into their 70s, however, the owners are looking for a buyer who will continue their vision of maintaining and growing “the largest and most significant attraction in Romania,” they told the Telegraph. Herzfeld and Rubin, the New York City-based law firm that’s handling the sale, hasn’t publicly revealed the asking price,—but rumor has it that the Romanian government had the first right of refusal, at a price tag of $80 million.
But at least the basement is fully furnished.