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Eight-bedroom Connecticut castle built by great-grandson of steel tycoon goes on market for $35M


A massive castle in Connecticut, built by great-grandson of a Chicago steel tycoon and fit for royalty, is on the market for a whopping $35 million.

Chris Mark, great-grandson of Chicago steel tycoon Clayton Mark Sr, built the fairytale-style castle – complete with towers and turrets and a moat with a drawbridge – for his two daughters after they expressed their desire to dress-up as princesses. 

The castle’s towers rise 126 feet into the sky, according to the realty listing

The Chrismark castle, as it’s named, is around 40 miles from Hartford and offers 18,777-square-foot of living space with eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and seven floors.

The basement includes a fully-functional theater, with a stage, lighting and music for Mark’s daughters to live out their dreams of being a princess. 

The castle was initially listed for $45 million back in 2014 before being removed from the market in 2016 after dropping the asking price to $32 million.

Now, Mark is placing the castle back on the market five years later.  

Pictured: a massive castle in Connecticut, built by great-grandson of a Chicago steel tycoon and fit for royalty, is on the market for a whopping $35 million

The Chrismark castle, pictured, is around 40 miles from Hartford and offers 18,777-square-foot of living space with eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and seven floors

The Chrismark castle, pictured, is around 40 miles from Hartford and offers 18,777-square-foot of living space with eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and seven floors

The 75-acre property includes a 30-acre peninsula along tree-lined Potter Pond, pictured, which was excavated to build the castle's moat

The 75-acre property includes a 30-acre peninsula along tree-lined Potter Pond, pictured, which was excavated to build the castle’s moat

Pictured: Chris Mack, who constructed the castle in 2003, is seen with camels. The property once included a private zoo for his daughters, that at one time also featured emus and a zebra

Pictured: Chris Mack, who constructed the castle in 2003, is seen with camels. The property once included a private zoo for his daughters, that at one time also featured emus and a zebra

‘It is a genuine, one-of-a-kind fairytale castle set on 75 acres of Connecticut woodland and built with truly remarkable craftsmanship and attention to detail,’ John Pizzi, a listing agent with Randall Realtors Compass, told Robb Report

Pizzi added that construction on the castle began back in 2003 after Mark took a two-year trip traveling throughout Europe, where he gathered materials from French chateaux to old churches and cathedrals, which he then shipped back to the US.

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 wooden yacht restoration to hand-carve all of the doors and moldings, while also purchasing a nearby iron foundry for its metal-working equipment for wrought-iron gates, staircases and windows. 

Artisans from around the world were hired to complete the castle’s construction. 

‘During the seven-year build process, more than 100 artisans, mainly from Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic, were flown-in to help with the construction. The craftsmanship is just astonishing,’ Pizzi revealed.  

Pictured: a formal dining room, complete with hand-carved wooden doors

Pictured: a formal dining room, complete with hand-carved wooden doors

Mark hired a local Connecticut boat building who specializes in wooden yacht restoration to hand-carve all of the doors and moldings

Mark hired a local Connecticut boat building who specializes in wooden yacht restoration to hand-carve all of the doors and moldings

Pictured: one of 12 fireplaces inside one of eight bedrooms inside the castle

Pictured: one of 12 fireplaces inside one of eight bedrooms inside the castle

A foyer, pictured, featuring more hand-carved hardwood floors made from one of 25 different species of wood found throughout the home

A foyer, pictured, featuring more hand-carved hardwood floors made from one of 25 different species of wood found throughout the home

Pictured: one of nine bathrooms inside the castle, featuring medieval-style decor

Pictured: one of nine bathrooms inside the castle, featuring medieval-style decor

Meanwhile, the 75-acre property includes a 30-acre peninsula along tree-lined Potter Pond, which was excavated to build the castle’s moat.

A pair of castellated stone bridges are the only way to cross it, according to the listing. 

Mark had purchased 400 acres of surrounding land during the construction process, which Pizzi says can be made available depending on the buyer’s interest. 

The eccentric home also includes a huge jacuzzi hot tub complete with a rock waterfall, tree trunk supports in the master bathroom, as well as a massive domed observation room with a glass floor which offers views into the master bedroom 40 feet below.  

The castle even features several secret passageways as well as a dungeon. 

The massive castle has been used for fashion shoots, music videos, and even a Hallmark Channel movie, ‘One Royal Holiday,’ according to Yahoo! Life.

The home includes a variety of medieval antiques, pictured above next to another one of 12 fireplaces inside the castle

The home includes a variety of medieval antiques, pictured above next to another one of 12 fireplaces inside the castle

Pictured: a hand-carved wooden spiral staircase located inside the castle, complete with a tree-lined mural

Pictured: a hand-carved wooden spiral staircase located inside the castle, complete with a tree-lined mural

A picture of the castle's kitchen, which features a wall of windows that provides plenty of natural sunlight during the mornings

A picture of the castle’s kitchen, which features a wall of windows that provides plenty of natural sunlight during the mornings

Another of the eight bedrooms, pictured. Mark also imported a variety of rare hardwoods, with the castle containing over 25 different tree species

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 at one time featured camels, emus and a zebra.     

There are also 12 fireplaces, a hand-carved wooden spiral staircase, as well as a medieval-style dining room. 

The property has a swimming pool and boat dock by the lack, too, according to the listing.

‘Of course, such a specialized property is not going to be for everyone,’ Pizzi said. 

‘It’s probably only going to appeal to a buyer looking for something unusual, unique and extraordinary. Someone who really wants to live like a king, or queen, in a real-life castle.’



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