Listing of the Week: A castle with a moat in Miami
An architect built a 10,124-square-foot castle surrounded by a man-made lake in a rural area south of Miami in 2007. Now he's asking $10.9 million.
I knew for years that a castle was under construction somewhere south of Miami, but I never got a chance to peek inside or even see photos.
Now we're getting a look inside through the real-estate listing. If you happen to be in the market for a Miami castle, this one is listed for $10.9 million. It's called Chateau Artisan.
For that, you get 10,124 square feet, with eight bedrooms and 10 baths, plus a pool, a koi pond and manicured gardens. You even get a moat, and that's before the big rainstorms that create all sorts of temporary moats in Miami.
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The castle was constructed by architect-developer Charles Sieger, who lives in the home with his wife. It is surrounded by a man-made lake.
The public record says the home was built in 2007. From the photos, the décor looks traditional, with mostly white walls. Sieger bought the property for $414,000 in 2002.
The castle served as the backdrop for the hip-hop video "Fire Flame" made by Birdman in 2010.
We looked high and low but couldn't find any interviews with Sieger about why he built a castle with a moat or why he's selling now.
The castle is not actually in Miami but about 30 miles southwest in an agricultural area known as the Redland, just north of Homestead. It's on almost 14 acres.
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I honestly think I would enjoy that. The place is big enough that when you want privacy you can find it, but when you want to be around your family you can.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.