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We have affordable castle living in Scotland, a conceptual house in a rock, a man-made island in Dubai that is FINALLY ready, and an amazing fixer in the woods in Idaho.

Here’s what we’re reading. What are YOU reading?

Castle Life, But No Castle Dollars? Head to Scotland

Want to live in a castle, but don’t have castle coffers? The historic Dalnair Castle in Loch Lomond — roughly 30 minutes from Glasgow, Scotland — may be the answer.

The castle has been converted into 10 luxurious two and three-bed apartments, Glasgow Live reported.

“Since its purchase by FM Group in 2016, the castle has undergone a £3.3 million refurbishment,” the story said. “Built in 1884 by Glasgow merchant, Thomas Brown, on the site of the former much smaller Endrickbank House, the castle boasts a striking tower and Tudor-arched doorway.” (more…)

Update: I now know these are not ski in/out units, but rather walking distance to one lift. Has anyone skied Sun Valley and know where these units are located in relation to the lifts? Personally, I buy a ski condo, I want to be pretty close to the lift. You?

I haven’t seen these units, but they look mighty nice. Perhaps someone from our Second Shelters nation who has seen them can pipe in? The place is Chilali, a luxury development near Ketchum, Idaho. Developers Accelerated Marketing Partners are apparently trying to accelerate some sales because they are offering these units for auction at 55 to 66% discounts over list pricing. The auction will be held February 19 at the Sun Valley Resort. There are 25 spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes in total at Chilali, ranging from 1,612 square feet to 3,200 square feet. Alas, don’t be a smart-aleck and start with $20: there are minimum bids, ranging from $295,000 to $825,000. Which means you could grab a one-bedroom ski-in/out unit for $295K. Not too shabby, considering the price tags on some of these were $2.2 once upon a time.

The homes have custom hardware, large natural wood-wrapped windows and doors and contemporary lighting. Unobstructed views of the Bald and Dollar mountain ranges, roomy open floor plans with vaulted ceilings and central great rooms.

The one-bedroom unit has a minimum bid of $295,000, which is 58 percent below its previous asking price of $695,000. But get this: a three-bedroom-plus-den home that is approximately 2,793 square feet and has a minimum bid of $695,000.

On-site amenities are plentiful: rooftop, open-air entertainment area, complete with an outdoor barbeque, fireplace and oversized hot tubs; a spacious, state-of-the-art fitness center with top-of-the-line equipment, sauna, and flat-screen TV and games; ample resident storage with private ski-lockers; and a full-level of underground parking.

Get ready: we’ll be seeing more auctions like these. It is possible that come 2011, you may find the second home of your dreams at a very reasonable price!

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