#1 By: Rob Beschizza, August 30th, 2013 12:20
#2 By: Brian Sizemore, August 30th, 2013 12:31
Something tells me the upkeep on a castle might be a tad more than on an apartment....
#3 By: Ken, August 30th, 2013 12:34
I imagine there are spacecraft that are cheaper than New York apartments.
#4 By: Tim, August 30th, 2013 12:45
You definitely don't want to skimp on some features. Some Castle lairs seem like a good value on first glance, but then you find out the security alligators in the moat are really just caimans.
#5 By: William_Holz, August 30th, 2013 12:47
Has Eddie Izzard predicted EVERYTHING this week?
The man's not just a genius, he's precognitive!
Let's trade a castle for a bungalow!
#6 By: Jeremy Erwin, August 30th, 2013 12:47
#7 By: Christopher Waldrop, August 30th, 2013 12:55
And with more living space.
#8 By: Gawain Lavers, August 30th, 2013 13:15
As a recent emigree to Tucson from San Francisco, I can concur. My energy bill this month was a tad higher than the $30 I'm used to. Also, apparently Arizona has the worst drivers in the Union, at least according to the apologetic insurance rep who doubled our car insurance rate. And with healthcare increases (No sinful Obamacare here! We pay through the nose like true capitalism-worshippers!) I won't be surprised if life here winds up exactly the same expense as in America's second most expensive city.
#9 By: annoyingmouse, August 30th, 2013 13:16
"bonglie—the Scottish slang word for a tourist"
I've lived in Scotland my entire life and I have never heard of a bonglie so the WSJ just taught me something new.
#10 By: newliminted, August 30th, 2013 13:31
Single parent with $260k of income a year, including $35k of INVESTMENT INCOME?! They do live in rainbow land! Most real actual factual single parents are making less than $35k of total income per year.
Also, castles, $9 million, cheap?!
#11 By: Tim, August 30th, 2013 13:34
That's why it's not called The Main Street Journal.
#12 By: Charlie Stross, August 30th, 2013 15:30
Ah, the lure of the castle ...
Castles are famously cheap: the upkeep of a castle, once you own it, is famously ruinous. You can buy one for £500,000. Trouble is, it probably needs a new roof (£250,000), double-glazing for 40 windows (£40,000) and the heating bill will set you back £10,000-£25,000 a year. Then you'll discover the joy of furnishing one of the bloody things -- IKEA simply doesn't cut it.
The reason why castles are going cheap on the market is because running a castle is an ongoing nightmare.
On the other hand ...
... There is a style of architecture here in Scotland called Scottish Baronial that dates to the 19th century. Buildings made of stone, with crenelations and battlements all round. And you can get an apartment in this style in the middle of Glasgow or Edinburgh from maybe £150,000 up to £600,000, depending on size and location. All the character of a castle, only in a tenement apartment designed for ordinary people, within walking distance of the center of a big city!
#13 By: Tribune1984, August 30th, 2013 15:56
Can i use my Trebuchet in the middle of Glasgow?
#14 By: Beanolini, August 30th, 2013 17:05
I lived in a castle in northern England for most of the last decade, renting a few rooms from the owners. There was no double glazing (no glazing at all on quite a few windows), and no heating apart from open fires (very few of which were ever used). The roof had not been touched since the mid 1970s, and hence leaked profusely.
It was fantastically romantic in the summer, and extremely uncomfortable in the winter.
#15 By: daneel, August 30th, 2013 17:23
I stayed at Carbisdale Castle on a holiday in Scotland once.
20th century castle, though, more of a jumped up manor house - as mentioned above by @cstross.
Carbisdale Castle was built in 1907 for the Duchess of Sutherland on a hill across the Kyle of Sutherland from Invershin in the Scottish Highlands. It is now used as a youth hostel, operated by the Scottish Youth Hostels Association. The castle is situated north of Culrain, and around 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north-west of Bonar Bridge. The castle is in the Scots Baronial style, and is protected as a category B listed building. The hostel closed for repair in 2011, and as of March 2013[update] re Th...
I remember Riber Castle when I was growing up, went to the wildlife park when it was open. That's being turned into apartments, apparently. Starred in Dead Man's Shoes.
Riber Castle is a 19th-century Grade II listed country house situated in the hamlet of Riber on a hill overlooking Matlock, Derbyshire. Known locally as "Smedley's Folly" because of the difficulty of getting water to the hill summit, it was built by John Smedley in 1862 as his private home. His wife lived in it until her death. It is built of gritstone from a local quarry (Derbyshire is well known for its quarrying) which was pulled up the 200 metre high hill by a series of pulleys. After the dea...
#16 By: daneel, August 30th, 2013 17:26
Just like Emmet in Cornwall and Grockle in Devon.
#17 By: Andy Dingley, August 30th, 2013 18:39
Why go all the way to Scotland? Here's one in South Wales, with easy train connections to London.
#18 By: gilbert wham, August 30th, 2013 18:46
Who the hell have the WSJ been getting Scottish lessons from? I've spent a lot of time in Scotland (it's just up the road), have many Scottish friends, and have read many Scottish books, of Scottish people doing Scottish things, in Scotland (to say nothing of drear Scottish police procedurals), and verily I say unto them: nee fucker says 'bonglie'. From the edge of Berwick to the last bloody island.
#19 By: miasm, August 31st, 2013 09:07
As I was explaining to my American journalist friend the other day, a Bonglie is, in fact, an immature, wild haggis.
They can be of either sex and are often seen roaming the western slopes of hills in the Highlands during the lead up to autumn.
#20 By: Charlie Stross, August 31st, 2013 15:37
No, a 'bonglie' is a water-filled glass vessel equipped with hoses and a pipe for the purpose of smoking certain herbal substances.
Not to be confused with a 'donglie' -- a wee hingmy ye stuff oop yer jaxxie -- that's Scots for USB port.
A 'coo' is either the noise a pigeon makes when it's randy or a large self-propelled mound of shaggy orange hair, with horns -- believed by some to be the adult phase of the Haggis life-cycle.
A 'dug' is either what archaeologists leave behind, or a small self-propelled mound of shaggy hair, colour variable and horns missing. Do not taunt the dug or it may bite you on the ankle.
You will need this essential vocabulary when you visit the highlands to buy yer castle.
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