Unique Upper Mount Royal “castle” house continues to generate buzz
In most instances, the saying “a man’s home is his castle” isn’t meant to be taken literally.
But for those familiar with one rather imposing dwelling in Calgary’s Upper Mount Royal neighbourhood, the saying couldn’t be more apt.
Like many who’ve passed by the home over the years, Daniel LeBlanc, the REALTOR® responsible for finding a new king or queen for the castle, has long been familiar with the fortress-like residence along Premier Way.
“I knew the house before, as I have driven by it many times, but never having been in it, the first time I was in the home I was amazed,” said LeBlanc.
On a street lined with other luxurious homes boasting more conventional and contemporary designs, the green-and-white stucco embattlements tend to stick in people’s minds.
Originally constructed in 1946 – well after castles had their heyday in Medieval Europe – the home’s eccentricities extend well beyond its unusual exterior.
“The home almost showcases itself, so we just made sure it maintained its vintage charm in an attempt to find a buyer who would appreciate the home, as it is a well-known landmark of sorts.” – Daniel LeBlanc, Calgary REALTOR®
“Not only is it very vintage, it’s in amazing condition,” said LeBlanc. “The home almost showcases itself, so we just made sure it maintained its vintage charm in an attempt to find a buyer who would appreciate the home, as it is a well-known landmark of sorts.”
Peering in through the many barred windows, which appear to be meant more as fortifications to shelter inhabitants from revolt than as a stylistic choice, the home’s amenities come into clearer view.
On the lower floor, aspiring monarchs can expect to find a parquet dance floor and billiards parlour, the perfect setting for a royal ball, along with an impressive two-storey library, complete with spiral staircase.
Ascending the five other spiral staircases will eventually lead visitors to the main living quarters, which have remained relatively untouched since the home’s last renovation, which, judging by the rather kitschy appearance and vintage appliances, took place sometime in the 1970s.
Climbing further, the top floor holds a bit of a secret. Housed behind what looks like a closet door is yet another spiral staircase, complete with faux-candle lighting, that leads to a rooftop patio – the perfect place to gaze down upon one’s kingdom.
The home has amassed some internet buzz, thanks to several news stories and a lengthy Reddit thread. LeBlanc says while no one has claimed the throne, interest in the property has translated into plenty of curious parties.
“Over 400 people through the open house, 18,000-plus views on the 3D tour and 20,000 views on realtor.ca, so a lot of people are keen to have a look at the property,” he said. “Many media outlets have contacted me for information on the home. It is by far the most unique listing I have had.”