January 28, 2009
by: jovial_cynic

I'd like to buy a castle.

Last weekend, my wife and I drove by this castle/church-looking structure on the way back from picking up some old windows for the greenhouse I'm going to build. We can't quite figure out if the building is currently under construction, or if it is an abandoned project, possibly incomplete due to the downturn of the economy. The most interesting thing about the building isn't the style or the type of construction, but rather the location: this building is dead in the center of a manufactured home park.

Here's a shot of one of the side streets I grabbed from google maps:

Weird. Not that manufactured homes are weird... but it seems strange that you'd have a castle in the midst of them. Also, there's an elementary school across the street. Quite frankly, I think it'd be a fantastic place to live. Well, fantastic once there's a roof in place, and after some basic utilities are hooked up. And of course, all good castles need a moat with crocodiles.

Anyhow, I chatted with my boss (who lives near that area) about my imaginary plans to buy this castle and move into it, and he mentioned that, as far as he could recall, the manufactured home park is primarily occupied by Cambodian Muslims, and that this is actually a mosque under construction by the local community. He wasn't 100% certain about this, which means that there may still be hope that it's just an abandoned building that I can purchase with my imaginary extra money.

:: shrug ::

A guy can dream, right?


valdez said:
I don't think this would be a practical place to hang your hat, and I can't imagine what it would cost to pick something like this up and move it. You may also have a fight with your HOA if you try to put it in your backyard. :-) But yeah, it would be kinda cool to have this set up on acreage somewhere away from the hustle and bustle.
January 29, 2009

Kristen said:
Very cool. :)
January 29, 2009

Luke said:
Plus brick built houses suck in earthquakes.
January 29, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
valdez - Practical? Who said anything about practical?! :)

kristen - I thought so. I'd LOVE to live in something like that.

luke - As for earthquakes, that's probably true. Although... the Byzantine monasteries were generally made of brick, and used lime and ceramic-fill morter and have been found to be very earthquake resistant over the centuries.

January 29, 2009

Ken said:
It's totally a mosque dude. That will be even more apparent once they build the roof.

While I'm fascinated by castles, I've always been much more intrigued by the idea of a LOG CABIN.

January 29, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Ken - Hrm. I can't get past the flannel-wearing, thick-bearded, wool-beanie-wearing lumberjack stereotype that I have associated with log cabins.

I'd take a castle over a log cabin.

January 29, 2009

Kendra said:
I'd live there with you honey. ;)
January 29, 2009

jovial_cynic said:
Well I'd HOPE so, dear! :)
January 29, 2009

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