$1.7M castle overlooking Beltzville on the market
It’s an unmistakable landmark with a spectacular view overlooking Beltzville Lake — and it could be yours at the price of just under $1.7 million.
The 15,000-square-foot, partially completed castle is modeled after a castle located in the mountains of Spain, El Castillo de los Mendoza.
The Beltzville castle, however, is made entirely of concrete, with geothermal wells powering radiant heating in the floors throughout the home, and a three-car garage that opens into the basement.
It sits on 25 acres along Lakeside Drive in Towamensing Township.
The castle is roughly three times the size of the average luxury home. And the interior is still unfinished — something the Realtors are using as a selling point. Needless to say, they’re not targeting everyday homebuyers.
“This is more a second or third home, something to have as a prize, something that no one else has. Those are the buyers,” said Pavel Balon, an agent with Weichert Realtors.
Balon and fellow Realtor Mary Ann Pastore have teamed up to list the property.
When you walk in the house, the expansive rooms really make it feel like a castle. But you can also imagine the possibilities if the space was built out.
“I can’t wait to see the kitchen that goes in this place,” Pastore said.
The owner/builder, a native of Poland who lives outside New York, dreamed of building a modern replica of the castle for his second home, according to Pastore.
He brought over a crew of workers from Poland who did most of the work on the house — first living in a mobile home outside, then in the basement.
The materials were all purchased from local vendors. The futuristic radiant heat system — which pipes hot water under the floors to heat them — was built by a local contractor.
There is space for an indoor pool, but the owner nixed it from the plans because it wasn’t feasible.
The white block exterior is actually not the final product. The owner envisioned them being covered with natural stone.
Unfortunately, a change in circumstances has forced him to sell it. Pastore said. She said it was no easy decision parting with his dream home. In fact, he would be open to staying on as a consultant to help a buyer complete it.
“The situation has changed. It is crushing to him. It took a chunk of his heart to have him do this,” Pastore said.
Because of zoning laws in Towamensing Township, the castle can only be used as a residence right now. But the Realtors see major potential as a venue for weddings and other special events if that zoning was ever to change.
“This building definitely has a future, I know it. If I had $2 million sitting just doing nothing, I would take it,” Balon said.
Pastore and Balon are no strangers to selling luxury homes. They are based in Yardley, Bucks County, where it’s not uncommon to see home listings in the millions of dollars.
Pastore is a former Carbon County resident, and said she wanted to list the property as a favor to the owner, who is a personal friend.
She brought on Balon, a friendly, energetic Realtor who drives a Porsche. He is experienced in selling high-end homes, speaks multiple languages, and has clients on both sides of the Atlantic.
“To do it right, we needed a professional, someone who never sleeps,” she said. “We don’t need Google, we have Pavel. If he doesn’t know something one day, he’ll know all about it the next morning.”
Pastore is handling routine showings of the property. Balon will be available should that high-wealth individual come along, seeking a second or third home that is one-of-a-kind.
“It’s a hidden gem, and you can buy it today,” Balon said.