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Have you ever wanted to be a character in your favorite book? What about live in their house? Castles, submarines, grass huts – there are tons of options to choose from. So, if you had to pick one, you’d need to pick wisely. Luckily, we’ve rated some of the most famous homes in literature to make things easy for you. Check out our ratings and see which home, if any, you’d actually be willing to buy.
Castle Dracula, Dracula
Castle Dracula is definitely the most spacious home on our list. Built to withstand sieges, it boasts over 87 bedrooms, 26 bathrooms, a full-scale dining room in pristine condition and a series of hidden passageways. If you’re looking to entertain frequently, Castle Dracula definitely has all the room you could ever need.
Located on the edge of a cliff, the view from the castle would be amazing if the weather wasn’t always so gloomy. If you plan on bringing children, you’re going to need to put up a fence since the drop from the cliff is considerable. In fact, we don’t recommend you bring small children at all.
Make sure you have a nice nest egg saved up for repairs, since the home is very old and some of the stonework isn’t in the best shape. Needed repairs will include fixing a crumbling tower, putting in wiring for electricity and dealing with some mysterious claw marks all along the outside walls. We’re sure there’s nothing to worry about!
On a positive note, all of the furniture is included, but you’ll need to bring your own mirrors.
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Dracula by Bram Stocker – $5.73
221 B Baker Street, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Alive with the hustle and bustle of the city, this apartment is a real gem of old world London. Although it’s the only apartment on our list, the location more than makes up for its smaller size. The place also comes with a charming housekeeper who is always ready with a cup of tea on a rainy London day.
The major drawback is the current roommate: a night owl prone to long periods of weird silences followed by random bursts of energy – he runs a small business from inside the apartment. People will come and go at all hours, including some very suspicious characters and members of the London police. It’s recommended that any potential roommate avoid involvement with the business unless they have a military and medical background.
Rating: 3 out 5 Stars
March House, Little Women
If you’re looking for your own little piece of New England heaven, then the March House could be for you. Sure, it may not be as grand as the one next door, but it more than makes up for it with endless charm. Built with simplicity, comfort and family in mind, this house has all the room you could ever need for knitting socks, putting on plays and writing that novel you told everyone you just didn’t have time for.
This is definitely a home for people who put family first. If you love to spend evenings by the fire while you impart life-wisdom to your children, then you’ll love this place. The school district isn’t the greatest. In fact, there’s only one school in the entire area, so you may want to consider home schooling. Aside from that, this is a great place for kids to grow up.
Also, the next door neighbor’s nephew is loaded, so there’s a good opportunity there if you have any unmarried daughters.
Rating 4 out 5 Stars
Pemberley House, Pride and Prejudice
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a homebuyer in possession of good fortune is absolutely going to want to live at Pemberley House.
Historic, spacious, well kept and located in the beautiful English countryside, Pemberley is everything a potential lord or lady could want from their future home.
Surrounded by a lush English forest, Pemberley House has all the size of Castle Dracula and none of the potential monsters. With all of those hallways and all those rooms, you’ll have plenty of space for your family portraits, marble busts and other, elegant possessions. No IKEA furniture in this place.
The major downside is the cost of running the place. You’ll need to hire and pay a large staff of servants, including a housekeeper, to give tours to any gently bred ladies who happen to stop by.
Rating: 5 out 5 Stars
Crusoe’s Hut, Robinson Crusoe
Are you looking to get away from it all? Do you ever wish you just had more time to sit and think about your place in the world? If you answered yes, then this home is everything you could ever want from a beach retreat, without any annoying distractions like internet, neighbors or running water.
What the home doesn’t have in amenities, it more than makes up for in simplistic charm. Wild goats and cats roam the island. Melons, limes and other fruits grow seasonally, so if you’re willing to risk eating food you’ve picked from a random bush, you’ll be well fed. The previous owner loved this little place so much that he couldn’t manage to drag himself back to civilization for about 28 years.
Skills like woodworking, fire starting, fishing, boat making, hunting and gathering, basket weaving, cooking, water purification, advanced engineering and basic first aid are all musts for any potential resident. Don’t expect any care packages from home. Self-reliance is the name of the game with this place.
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
The Nautilus, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
If Crusoe’s hut isn’t remote enough for you, maybe consider life aboard the Nautilus. Designed by the secretive Captain Nemo, it boasts every modern convenience the 19th century could dream up. The submarine is equipped with the wonder that is electric lights and is capable of reaching a top speed of 50 knots, which is a staggering 57.54 mph for us land-lovers.
The Nautilus isn’t just an amazing feat of technology, it’s also filled with a number of exotic luxuries. Beautiful paintings, a large collection of random gems, a spacious library and a glorious salon for doing whatever it is people do in salons are just a few of the things you can look forward to. The Captain is also a genius, so any scholars looking to expand their knowledge would be right at home.
Since the submarine rarely stays in one place, getting mail or cell phone service is almost impossible. Make sure your mom understands before moving in.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Thornfield Hall, Jane Eyre
If you’re more interested in experiencing gothic architecture and investigating mysterious noises than you are in getting a full night’s rest, seriously consider Thornfield Hall for your future home. It’s the perfect house for any gentleman bachelor (or lady) who only really plans on spending about a quarter of their year in residence.
The long hallways and numerous rooms are best experienced by candlelight, especially when you go searching for the source of that strange laugh you just heard. With all that space, Thornfield Hall is perfect for throwing house parties. Women offering to tell you your fortune may also stop by, so if you aren’t afraid of what you might hear, it’s a fun way to entertain your guests.
There’s a nearby town within walking distance, so if you want to get out of the house for a little bit or mail a letter, just be prepared to walk briskly. Also, drivers in the area aren’t exactly the safest, so keep an eye out for people rounding corners at top speeds. They may also call you names.
Just don’t buy this place without fire insurance.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – $5.95
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