NEW SCOTLAND, N.Y. -- "It's definitely the most unique property I've ever listed and participated in," said Realty USA Associate Broker Brian Brosen.
This octagonal, three-story, 2,500 square foot house, sitting on 4 and a half acres of Albany County mountainside - is not the main selling point for real estate agent Brian Brosen.
"There's a certain 'cool factor' to the property, and a very unique factor to the property," said Brosen.
So unique, Brosen will tell you flat out: it's not the easiest home to own.
"We're very up-front with people because if you're going to buy this property, you need to know what you're getting your hands on," said Brosen.
Try an 80 year old castle.
"(laughing) Well, this is not for somebody who wants Chinese delivered or pizza delivered very easily," said Brosen.
It's known as Helderberg Castle, but the true name is Federalberg Castle given by its builder, Bouck White. An author and activist, White was run out of town in Vermont and New York in the 1920's and 30's for being a so-called "radical." He eventually settled in a cave on the Helderberg Cliffs.
"There's a little cave area, a little opening down there. This is where he lived for two or three years, while he built the castle," said Brosen.
White became a hermit, of sorts. He left the castle after fire ripped through in the 1940's, and later died elsewhere.
The octagon house was added in the 50's, and these days the home has all the modern comforts: electricity, gas, and running water, though that last one has to be shipped in each month by the truckload. Even the interior doorways have character.
"There's not one thing that's, uh...normal about this house. I don't even know how to put that, I really don't!" said Brosen.
So what kind of person buys a castle? Maybe someone like newlywed Charles Burgess.
"You know, we love the history. We're lifers in the Helderbergs, and this and it's just our kind of place," said Burgess.
Or those who fancy themselves as "unique" as the property itself like Tony and Jess Sardella of Voorheesville.
"Absolutely, yeah. We're as unique as you come!"
"Although I'm afraid to ask how unique the other ones were."
For all its history, and the great view, the $179,000 price tag seems reasonable. But some still say, they just wouldn't live here. Even Brosen says, for a home, it's just not his style.
But as a real estate agent - it's one of his favorites.
"This is a property that will forever live with me. That I can tell you. It will be with me forever," said Brosen.