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A tiny castle built nearly 100 years ago is for sale in Fort Lauderdale

Because, Florida

This miniature castle is on sale in Fort Lauderdale.
This miniature castle is on sale in Fort Lauderdale. (Courtesy of Connie Salerno of Coldwell Banker Realty)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Just when you thought South Florida’s massive mansions were enough to make homeowners feel like royalty, it turns out there are literal castles being lived in — and one is currently on the market.

However, it’s so tiny, that it’s probably better suited for Rapunzel herself.

According to a listing on Zillow, a miniature castle and the compound it sits on is being sold for $1,750,000 in the Fort Lauderdale neighborhood of Tarpon River, near the New River.

Inside of the castle built between 1924 and 1928 in Fort Lauderdale. (Courtesy of Connie Salerno of Coldwell Banker Realty)

And the property description on Zillow somehow waits until paragraph three to announce that the home on the property is, in fact, a castle.

The listing begins with, “Spectacular Gated Riverfront Compound in the heart of Tarpon River with Exceptional views! Directly on one of the widest parts of The New River offering a total of 153 ft of unrestricted Ocean Access waterfront complete with 4 legal docks accommodating sailboats and yachts up to 70′ in length.”

According to the listing, the two lots the castle sits on are a combined total of 17,864 square feet.

However, as for the actual castle? It’s a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home totaling 882 square feet.

“This very unique property is considered a landmark to many locals however has no historic designation!” explains the listing. “It features a miniature fairytale castle with cone spires and faced with coral rock inside and out. There are many cool interior features and updates including a new roof.”

The New River Castle in Fort Lauderdale. (Courtesy of Connie Salerno of Coldwell Banker Realty)
Inside of The New River Castle in Fort Lauderdale. (Courtesy of Connie Salerno of Coldwell Banker Realty)

Upon further investigation, it turns out the castle is known to locals as “The New River Castle.”

According to the Sun Sentinel, the castle, which was originally built between 1924 and 1948, was owned by brother and sister Richard Joyner and Kathy Leikauf for 16 years. They purchased it in 2005.

However, as the duo enters retirement, they are ready to find the castle new homeowners — or, at least a new Rapunzel.


About the Author:

Nicole Lopez-Alvar is a Miami-born and raised journalist and TV personality covering South Florida and beyond for Local10.com.