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6 homes for sale that will astonish you

The Castle of Skagit County
The Castle of Skagit County © Photo courtesy of Realtor.com

The Castle of Skagit County

  • Location: Sedro-Woolley, Washington
  • Price: $825,000

On the outside, it looks like a relic of another age: In an ancient forest, across a footbridge over the gorge of a fast-moving stream, sits a lone stone keep.

On the inside, it's more like a cross between a treehouse for grown-ups (complete with pool table and sleek, modern kitchen) and a cozy ski lodge (with a roaring fire, stone walls, exposed beams and plenty of large windows to take in the views).

Welcome to the Castle of Skagit County.

This three-bedroom, two-bath home was completed in 1997, says Jean Groesbeck, managing broker with Coldwell Banker Bain.

Catapult not included

Warm and inviting, the castle also has some tongue-in-cheek touches -- like the gargoyles, she says. "They had some fun with it."

It also has all the comforts of home, including a fireplace, sitting area and jetted tub in the master suite, a steam room in the guest bath and a rooftop deck. There's also a wood-fueled hot tub.

The 20-acre lot is a nature photographer's dream with waterfalls, natural pools, ponds, trails and lots of wildlife, she says.

The ideal new owner is "someone who will embrace the beauty of the environment," Groesbeck says, "and have fun with the castle."

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