Lower the Drawbridge: This Week’s Most Popular Home Is a Castle in Michigan


1. 8 Marquette Dr, Marquette, MI 

Price: $1,500,000
Why it’s here: Hear ye, hear ye, all those with royal aspirations. This is one cool castle. The 15th-century-style facade is festooned with turrets and flags and gives way to a modern interior. Designed and built by the owner, general contractor Jorma Lankinen, the layout includes four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 5,546 square feet. 

Fit for a king, the spread includes a large living room with floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace, casual and formal dining areas, hand-painted murals created by a local artist, and a well-appointed kitchen. The master suite offers a private deck, plus there’s an office, a home theater with a bar, and a sauna.

Asked why he built the magnificent palace, Lankinen said, “Because I could. It’s my personal home. I’m a builder. I’ve been building homes for 45 years already. I just wanted to build something unique.” Mission totally accomplished!

The home builder says he’s ready to move on to his next project and create another custom-built home. Can he top a castle?

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