'Game of Thrones' fans are frothing at the mouth as they await the eighth—and final—season, which premieres Sunday on HBO. Will Daenerys Targaryen, aka Mother of Dragons, finally reclaim the Iron Throne with the help of Jon Snow? Or will Cersei Lannister maintain her claw hold on this seat of power by outconniving them all? And what's the deal with that ice zombie dragon?
While many will tune in to watch the drama unfold, we here at realtor.com felt we should shift the spotlight for a moment and applaud a whole different cast of stars: the stunning homes where the warring royals live.
If you've ever opined 'man, I wish I could live in a castle,' we'd like to point out that it's entirely possible! Castles exist right here on U.S. soil, and while they might not be quite as majestic (or blood-drenched, thankfully) as Casterly Rock or the Red Keep, they're still pretty darn posh.
So in honor of the greatest TV show of all time, we've plundered our listings to come up with the real-life regal residences you can actually buy—or fight for if that's your thing.
Why it gets our seven blessings: Have a taste for turrets? The storybook facade of this 2007-built castle should suit anyone with royal aspirations, as it blends old-world enchantment with modern luxury. Previously listed at $3.5 million, this 19,673-square-foot manse with eight bedrooms and 12 baths will accommodate the entire extended family and a coterie of courtiers. Perhaps a good place to host a wedding? Not of the red variety, of course.
Why it gets our seven blessings: This castle may not be complete yet, but it comes with its own kingdom—242.5 acres, to be exact. And at just under a $1 million, it hardly costs a king's ransom. Located on wooded land on the East Fork of the Little River, the property is also host to a spring-fed lake and waterfall. The castle itself was designed with 30 bedrooms,15 baths, and a dungeon (time to go dragon shopping). There's also plenty of space for a grand ballroom, wedding chapel, banquet hall, and just about anything else your subjects could desire.
Why it gets our seven blessings: Fit for a king and queen, this medieval castle–style home with a private gated entrance was built in 1952, but its interior has been updated to include every amenity to please even the pickiest members of the royal family: an indoor pool, grand gala accommodations for more than 60 people, and impeccably landscaped, 1.87-acre grounds. All this, and it's appraised for over $2.6 million. Talk about a royal flush!
Why it gets our seven blessings: You could be the king (or queen) of New York in this fully renovated replica of a 16th-century European castle, complete with thick walls of imported stone and a regal turret. It was built in the mid-1920s for an Italian shipbuilder to remind him of home. Even though it looks like it's been standing for centuries, it features air conditioning, a Bose sound system, four flat-screen, HD televisions, and new lighting. Which 'Game of Thrones' family would be such early tech adopters? Our money's on the Lannisters. (And best of all, they always pay their debts.)
Why it gets our seven blessings: Talk about the Many-Faced Home! Mayan meets medieval in Montana! Known far and wide as the Castle on the Lake, this four-bedroom, four-bath home even has a faux drawbridge, and comes with over 15 acres—some of them lakefront. You'd never guess it was built as recently as 1998, with its two-story stone fireplace, secret passageways, and reclaimed wood beams overhead. While it appears to be in the middle of an enchanted forest, it's actually not far from Kalispell, Glacier National Park, and the quaint resort town of Big Fork.
Why it gets our seven blessings: Tapestries, suits of armor, thick stone walls, battlements—even gargoyles! Within its 4,922 square feet there are four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and an unfinished dungeon (er, basement) that could be used as a wine cellar, storm shelter, or makeshift holding cell for misbehaving guests. And the property also has a private zip line for pulse-racing escapes.
Why it gets our seven blessings: This home fit for country music royalty was built in 1967, but the five-bedroom, six-bath interior has been completely renovated so the entire royal family can be comfortably accommodated. Nestled on 2.45 acres, the home has plenty of room for jousting. And of course there's a full wet bar, perfect for Tyrion to knock back a few.
Why it gets our seven blessings: A one-of-a-kind Portland icon known as Blackberry Castle, this one has a royal courtyard to die for! It sits on 6 acres and has a vineyard and an underground wine cellar to store the libations wrought from the fruit of its own vines. Potential Rapunzel suitors will appreciate the fabulously equipped home gym with the climbing wall, and the princess in all of us will be well pleased with the two-story turret library, the European village–style atrium bar, and the home spa with sauna.
Why it gets our seven blessings: If everyone in Westeros weren't so darn intent on vying for the Iron Throne, they could be perfectly content in this lovely Tudor, originally built in 1928 and completely updated inside and out. Stately flagstones add to its castle-like exterior, while a spacious new kitchen, a sparkling sunroom, and an enchanting master suite give the lord and lady of the manor some much-deserved pampering.
Why it gets our seven blessings: Only in Florida will you find a terra-cotta-colored sandcastle right on the beach. It was custom-built by a prominent brewmaster, which could explain the beer can turret motif, and the lighted copper dome over the circular bar that looks suspiciously like the top of an ale-brewing vat. As all the best castles are, this one is a bit of a landmark on Melbourne Beach. One of its more charming features is a rooftop deck from where you can stargaze and watch the flaming catapults fire, or rather the rockets launch, from Cape Canaveral.