Property of the Week: A Former Bungalow-Turned-Castle in Upper Mount Royal

This castle-like home is something out of a fairy tale with six spiral staircases, a lookout tower, courtyards and its own bridge.

Photo courtesy of eXp Realty.

Where it is

1108 Premier Way S.W.

 

The renovation

It’s hard to look at this Calgary castle and see it as anything else, but believe it or not, this home was once a humble bungalow. Construction on the property first began in 1946 when the home was built as a bungalow. Then in 1982, new construction began to turn it into the castle it is today, complete with its own lookout tower.

In 2018, the castle became home to a collective gallery, where artists and creators could rent one of the seven studio spaces inside. The gallery also featured drawing sessions with live music, spoken word poetry performances and an art installation. In 2022, the home was bought by the current owners, who turned the castle into a successful Airbnb.

 

What to love

Channel your inner Belle in the multi-floor library, sing to birds in the spacious courtyards or host friends in the dance hall/games room. Whatever your heart desires, there’s room for it in this castle.

The upper floor features the primary bedroom suite outfitted with ample closet space, a luxurious five-piece ensuite and a sunlit sitting room in the tower. On the main floor are two additional bedrooms and a grand dining room designed for royal dinners before retiring to the living room and its gas fireplace. The kitchen is well equipped to handle any lavish meal preparations, including clever cabinet storage that drops down from the bottom.

When it’s time to entertain guests, head downstairs to the basement. The lower level boasts a parquet dance floor, pool table and wet bar, not to mention a recreation room with a fireplace, a workshop and a cozy seating area.

With the red accents, gold-toned wood and timeless feel to the home, it’s a castle that blends modern amenities with medieval appeal. As a final bonus, all the decor and furniture are included in the sale.

 

What to consider

The ample bedrooms and roomy space make the home ideal for growing families or for large-scale entertainment with friends and family. It’s also located near shopping, dining and retail options, as well as plenty of walking trails.

 

The stats

Nearly 5,500 square feet
Four bedrooms
Three bathrooms
Six spiral staircases
All furniture included

 

Listed for $1,399,800 with Sheraz Anwar and Hayley Green with Green Group, eXp Realty. 

 

Inside the Home

Photo courtesy of eXp Realty.

This castle-like home in Upper Mount Royal has an eye-catching exterior with its mint trim, white stone and medieval charm.

 

Photo courtesy of eXp Realty.

Sweeping staircases spread throughout the home lead to seating areas, through the library and to new floors.

 

Photo courtesy of eXp Realty.

The kitchen offers plenty of space and storage, including shelves under the cabinets that drop down for extra use.

 

Photo courtesy of eXp Realty.

After dinner, gather in the cozy living room around the fireplace and enjoy the ambience of the space.

 

Photo courtesy of eXp Realty.

This seating area in the tower is warm, brightly lit and ideal for reading, relaxing or meditating.

 

Photo courtesy of eXp Realty.

The multi-floor library has ample room to house all your books and offers a quiet space to relax and disappear into a good book.

 

Photo courtesy of eXp Realty.

The primary bedroom leads off the sunroom and offers a true retreat with space, light and a luxurious ensuite.

 

Photo courtesy of eXp Realty.

Each of the other bedrooms is just as cozy, with unique designs and layouts to suit any guest or family member.

 

Photo courtesy of eXp Realty.

Downstairs, elements like the wet bar, recreation space, pool table and dance floor all contribute to making it a great entertainment space for any occasion.

 

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