UNKNOWN CASTLE

I received E-Mail that said:

I recently recalled seeing a home built as a castle in Ocean City, MD. Don't know if this qualifies cause it is a fairly new home, built to resemble a castle. It's really cool, with huge Wooden door, torch type lanterns, ramparts, etc., right on a residential street.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

The castle this person is referring to is located on Jamestown rd. (aprox.117th st.) It is fairly new and was built by a young couple. It is not very big from the outside but there are real cool doors and windows and the top has these portico tower like balconies.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

While looking through your website I stumbled across a reference to an Unknown castle in Ocean City Maryland and a request for a photo of the structure. Attached are a couple of photos I took of the castle when in Ocean City to do some maintainence on a summer place my folks keep three or four doors down from the castle. The photos should give you some idea of the small scale of the castle but I personally beleive it more than makes up for it's lack of size with it's terrific construction.

Does anyone have more information about it? Does it have a name?

On 7-22--10, I received e-mail that said:

I'm writing to give you some details about your unidentified castle in ocean city. This castle belongs to the grandad of a friend of mine and was built in the 1970s for a few million dollars (I believe around 3 million). I have spent a few nights in the castle and know a bit about it. There was a large, framed newspaper clipping in the house that had many technical details on the house.

The floors inside are all made from imported marble from Greece (this owner, Mr. Kaplanges, is extremely proud of his Greek heritage). I remember reading that the brickwork done inside was impressive because of the number of masonry techniques/patterns used. When you walk in there is a large, circular great room going up about 20 feet or so. A room with a couch, a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a bathroom are on the perimeter of the great room. At the top of the great room there are some large glass windows looking down onto the action which can be accessed from a walkway that goes up and around the castle, leading to a sitting area on the very top. There are multiple outdoor levels, and a dock behind the castle.

Sorry this information was so sporadic, but my memories of the technical details are patchy. If you want more info, you might be able to look up newspapers in the Ocean City area in attempts to find that article.

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