Amsterdam Castle for sale
A lot of people may dream about living in a castle, but now that vision can actually become a reality. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, the Amsterdam Castle is officially on the market.
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Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane said, "The castle is a very visible anchor for the South Side."
The Phemister family bought this seven-bedroom, seven-bath castle, seven years ago.
Now, for $1.25 million you can own the place fit for a queen.
Susan Phemister said, "It's unique because it's one of 100 New York State armories. There's only about two dozen still being functioned as armories, and the rest are demolished or decommissioned for use like myself."
"They have been true to the spirit of maintaining the armory, so much so that it's almost difficult at times to tell what they have done and what's original," said Amsterdam historian, Robert von Hasseln.
And as if owning an armory isn't cool enough, the Phemisters are the only family in New York State who can actually call one home.
"We live in one turret that is our private residence, then I have two guest wings for the bed and breakfast," said Phemister.
The former National Guard Armory turned bed and breakfast has served people from across the country, and even the world. One of the coolest attractions, the 10,000 foot gymnasium.
"We play basketball, we ride bikes. We had a little girl this summer learn how to ride a two wheeler. My kids skateboard and play soccer, as do our guests," said Phemister.
But after years of renovations and multiple awards, the Phemisters are saying goodbye.
And the city wants to make sure all of their hard work doesn't go down the drain.
"We will help in any way we can with anyone coming into the city and wanting to know what the city will offer in way of incentives," said Mayor Ann Thane.
Phemister said, "It's somebody who's interested in historic properties. It's somebody who actively like and wants to use the building."