Local Eureka residents and people nationwide are talking about the fact that the famous and historic Stuart Castle in Eureka recently was purchased after being on the market for years.
New buyers Brandon and Kate Smith, of Fenton, said the castle has four bedrooms, seven bathrooms and eight fireplaces. It sits on 6 acres of land and is equipped with a gourmet chef's kitchen, wooden floors, granite countertops, an indoor barbecue and a pool.
For background information about the castle, see previous Patch article: Eureka's Stuart Castle Toured by Historical Members
Smith, a mortgage banker, informed ABC News on Thursday he was told about the property years ago by a friend in real estate. At the time, Stuart Castle was priced at $2 million.
The castle originally was created by Wallace Stuart, a dermatologist at the time, who bought 111 acres there in 1968. The property was once owned by George Warren Brown, the founder of the Brown Shoe Company, who used it as a summer vacation spot.
Stuart Castle encases the original 4,500-square-foot summer home Brown built in 1918.