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.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Apr 6, 2012 6:05AM

Courtesy of Realtor.com/Freshome.comI 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.

Chateau Artisan is not the only castle between Miami and Homestead. The Coral Castle, now a museum, was built by hand from 1,100 tons of coral rock by a Latvian immigrant between 1923 and 1951, as a monument to his lost love who left him the day before the wedding. Builder Edward Leedskalnin would say only that he knew the secrets of the pyramids.
 
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Oct 24, 2012 9:44AM
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Alligators are probably already in the moat.
Aug 2, 2012 10:58AM
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That's the kind of place you move your entire family into...Generational Housing. Something that wasn't uncommon as early as 100 years ago. But fell out of favor in the early 1900's.

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.

Apr 24, 2012 8:18AM
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I've always wanted a castle with a moat.  Now all I need is the millions. Smile   Island with a palm tree
Apr 24, 2012 4:15AM
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Not until I win the lottery powerball babe yaah.Smile
Apr 11, 2012 6:05AM
Apr 7, 2012 6:05AM
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