Mansion OffTheRanch Matt Carriker, a YouTuber, purchased an abandoned $850K Texas Castle in 2019. He originally shared drone images of the abandoned estate in April 2019, revealing boarded-up and shattered windows, half-finished stone walls, and a sleek metal roof. The property was reportedly built in 1973 and sat vacant until Carriker bought it with his wife.
They paid just under $100,000 for the house, which had been on the market for $1.5 million, but it wasn't working. After they made some necessary repairs, they decided to move into the mansion.
Carriker says they've grown fond of the home over time and hopes one day to retire in it. However, he admits it's a bit larger than their family now is so they'll probably never be able to sell it.
In the meantime, they're planning to make more improvements and create more content for their YouTube channel.
The mansion used to be part of a private community, but it was abandoned after the last residents moved out in 2001. There are no official records available detailing the original price tag or who owned it before Carriker's family.
However, local rumors claim that someone named Dolly Parton once lived there. If this is true, then she must have been rich because castles usually don't come cheap.
The castle was sold for $8.7 million in July 2017. The present owners have spent more than $2 million on improvements, including the construction of a spa, a new outdoor pool and sauna, and "a total makeover to all parts of the interior," according to the description. They have not released any details about what may have been removed during this renovation.
When it was built in 1875-1877, the castle was described as "the largest private residence in America." It was designed by British architect Robert Adam, who also designed the White House kitchen and dining room. The 1,000-room mansion has been called the world's greatest display of wealth at its disposal. It was built for Louis XIV's finance minister, Michel Le Vasseur de Montesquiou-Fézensac, who had the name changed to Louis XVIII after the French Revolution. He died in 1827, still living in the house.
The house was put up for sale in 2015 after being vacant for several years. At that time, it was reported to be the most expensive home ever sold in Kentucky - $15 million. However, it appears that another price was set last year when it was sold for $17.5 million.
The current owners are American businesspeople George and Lucia McConnell. They bought the house from an Italian family in 1972 for $1.5 million and have been renovating it since then.
According to TMZ, he has finally sold it for a whopping $10.85 million. The most intriguing aspect of the narrative, though, is that the property in question originally belonged to notorious criminal Al Capone. Capone spent his final years on the 30,000-square-foot home, where he died in 1947. Since then, it has been passed down through the family until now.
Capone's former residence is now on the market with Coldwell Banker Real Estate Agent Joseph Gattuso. He describes the property as a "magnificent example of 1930s Chicago architecture," which is fitting given its original owner. The one-story house features white walls and black-and-white tile floors throughout most of the first floor. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms upstairs. A large yard surrounds the entire building, perfect for summer barbecues with all your favorite gangsters.
Al Capone himself would have loved it here. The legendary gangster was born in 1899 in New York City. He started his criminal career at a very young age by helping his father with their small grocery store in Chicago's South Side. Before long, he became one of the city's most influential mob bosses. In 1929, after an intense law-enforcement campaign led by federal agents, Capone was arrested for tax evasion. He was released two years later after paying a fine.
After his release, Capone decided not to return to prison.
P. Diddy's abandoned house has been making the rounds on the internet since a video of the grounds went viral. "It was acquired by Diddy in 2003 and he sold it to developers in 2007. They had plans to destroy the house and build 11 residences on the grounds, but the city didn't permit them," Insider's @bigexplorez explained. The story goes on to say that Diddy refused to move out and so the house was destroyed instead.
If you visit the property, you can see evidence that it has been demolished. However, the walls are still standing tall with no signs of development happening anytime soon.