One of the things people start thinking about once they’ve become mature and individual adults is how to get their life together on top of all of the worldly things like getting and maintaining a job, creating a family, and whatnot.

Among the many things in this list is also one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make in your life, and that is getting a flat or a house. After all, once you commit to it, it’s something you’re gonna have to live with for anywhere between 5 and 40 years.

But if you’re gonna commit that much, why not skip the whole small-fry real estate and go straight to buying a castle?

Why bother with apartments or houses when you can live in a family-sized castle?

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen, buying castles are a thing. And there’s one currently for sale.

This is the Helmer Castle, aptly named after its original owner Max Helmer, who was a reclusive and eccentric concert violinist and son of a well-off Jackson County banker of the 20th century. The castle was built in 1927 by C.J. Jorgensen at 7300 Draper Road, Jackson, Michigan. And it’s surprising what you can do with 500 tons of fieldstone, 300 barrels of cement, nine workers, a horse, and a crane from 1927.

The Helmer Castle located at 7300 Draper Road, Jackson, Michigan is currently for sale

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The castle was built in 1927 by C.J. Jorgensen and was originally owned by violinist Max Helmer

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The Castle’s origins are traced back to Max Helmer’s love of medieval castles. Helmer was touring through Europe and had a chance to visit some of the castles there. After returning, he designed a home for himself based on a 5th century Roman hall that can be found near Nuremberg, Germany.

The medieval-styled building has been modernized since then, with some of the interior furniture and tech being of a more contemporary style and there now being a spacious garage to the side of the castle, everything else seems authentically medieval.

Inspired by Roman architecture, Helmer designed and built one for himself after his European tour

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It’s a 2,000 square foot structure built in the middle of a 20 acre land surrounded by a forest

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The 2,000 square feet (185.8 square meters) Helmer’s Castle features a 60-foot (18.2 meters) tower with a spiral staircase, a number of fireplaces, shake-style metal roofing, hardwood floors, as well as a half-mile driveway leading up to it. As for the living spaces, it has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a kitchen and dining area, expansive living and great room, and a walkout master suite, among many other things.

The luxury doesn’t stop here as there’s also a lighted basketball court outside, 3 separate patios, as well as a number of scenic walking, running, sledding, and exploring trails, all spread across a 20 acre bit of land (almost 81,000 square meters).

Inside, it has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a kitchen and dining area, a spacious living room, among other rooms

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Outside, there’s a basketball court, 3 separate patios, a garage, and vast areas of greenery

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As of the moment of this article, the castle is going for $529,000 US dollars. The real estate ad suggests that it can be used for a number of functions, serving as a single family home, vacation home or rental, wedding venue, private multi-use retreat venue, or a new single-family home community. This is besides all of the immersive D&D campaigns that you can host inside.

Sources also state that this very castle was a filming location for the 1977 low-budget horror movie “The Demon Lover”, which told the story of a group of teenagers hanging around a cemetery and getting involved with a satanic priest who calls up a demon from hell. Don’t worry, the castle isn’t haunted or cursed, though some might find it a bit ominous given its aesthetic and the fact that there were rumors of Helmer being murdered here, but in reality he died of a heart attack.

Check out the drone footage of Helmer’s Castle below

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Also, take a look at the overview of the castle

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The castle’s current owners, the Klenk family who have been living here since 1982, have spent their 36 years redoing the castle to make it more homely. They have done their best to make sure any renovations that they did fit Max Helmer’s original design, this way mashing the old and new styles into what they called “modern medieval.” Two years ago, they put the castle up for sale.

If you want more castle goodness, Bored Panda has a number of castle-related articles, including this one about the smallest castle in England (which was incidentally also for sale some time ago), and also another castle in Spain that you can rent via AirBnB.

Bue before you go, let us know what your thoughts are on this? If you purchased a castle, what would you do with it besides live in it? Let us know in the comment section below!

Here are some other pictures taken of the inside and the outside of the castle

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The castle is said to have been a filming site for the 1977 horror film The Demon Lover

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