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17-year-old who grew up in a $60million Connecticut castle and now runs a TikTok account as he shares progress photos of the home’s construction

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The castle is accompanied by moats.Courtesy of Compass

  • A Connecticut Gothic castle has been relisted for $60 million, down from $35 million previously.

  • Known as Chris Mark Castle, the house is owned by Christopher Mark, the descendant of steel magnate Clayton Mark.

  • Mark’s youngest daughter, who runs the castle’s TikTok page, says her father built the house to fulfill his daughters’ dream of being princesses.

A Gothic-inspired castle in Connecticut that has been on the market for years has been relisted for an asking price of $60 million.

17-year-old who grew up in a $60million Connecticut castle and now runs a TikTok account as he shares progress photos of the home’s construction

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The exterior of the castle.Courtesy of Compass

Christopher Mark, a descendant of steel magnate Clayton Mark, owns the house.

The castle, known as Chris Mark Castle, has been on the market since 2014.

Mark first put the castle on the market for $45 million in 2014 before slashing its price and eventually delisting in 2016. He relisted it in November for $35 million, according to the list history.

Now, its price has risen to its highest price ever: $60 million. Mark has raised his asking price because he has plans to build another castle, listing agent John Pizzi of Randall Realtors told the New York Post.

Pizzi did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Chris Mark’s daughter, Christina Mark, told Insider the family moved into the house when she was 7 or 8 years old.

17-year-old who grew up in a $60million Connecticut castle and now runs a TikTok account as he shares progress photos of the home’s construction

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The construction of the frame of the castle.Courtesy of Chris Mark Castle

“We bought the property in 2001 and then started building in 2003. It was basically complete by 2010,” Mark told Insider.

Mark, who turns 18 this year, currently lives in the castle with his sister and father.

Mark said his father worked with architects to design the castle and incorporated his own ideas into the final structure.

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Left: a first sketch of the castle spire. Right: A completed spire of the castle.Courtesy of Chris Mark Castle.

The castle has nine bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and 12 fireplaces. The entire lot is over 400 acres and includes a 30-acre pond, the listing says.

“My sister and I, when we were younger, we dressed like princesses, and he just wanted our dream to come true,” Mark said.

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Chris Mark poses in front of his castle.Courtesy of Chris Mark Castle

“Our ancestors have castles in Ireland, so we wanted the idea to carry over into our generation as well,” she added.

His father salvaged some of the castle furniture from Europe over a period of 30 years. Other interior fittings have been specially made for the castle, she says.

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The completed entrance to the castle kitchen, which is flanked by wooden carvings of elephants.Courtesy of Compass

“They were handcrafted in my father’s factory in Putnam. And that’s where he made all the pieces for the castle, in his metal and wood shop,” Mark said.

Mark said she and her sister served as models for some of the carvings around the house.

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A sculpture in the house is modeled after her daughter’s face.Courtesy of Chris Mark Castle

“All the trimmings in the house are either my sister’s or my profile,” she said.

“When we were younger, we had to open our mouths really wide, so someone could carve our face into the clay,” she said.

When it rains, water flows from the mouths of these sculptures, Mark added.

Mark said it took a while to understand the reality of life in the big house: “I actually didn’t like the castle at first, because people were judging me and just wanted to be my friend in because of that. So I’ll keep it a secret.”

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Office.Courtesy of Compass

“But since my dad spent so much time building it for our family, maybe I wanted to make a business out of it in the future. So I wanted to help out and that’s why I took a year sabbatical to help him promote the castle, and give him some exposure,” she added.

Mark now runs a TikTok account dedicated to giving insight into the castle’s design and functionality. The account has 342,000 followers.

A quick look at the photo gallery on the castle’s website shows that it was used as a setting for a car photoshoot as well as a music video.

The castle has seven floors, with a spiral staircase that rises six stories, Mark said.

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An interior shot of a bedroom in the main tower of the castle, with the spiral staircase and a glass floor.Courtesy of Compass

“There are a bunch of features that I love, but probably the most shocking is the glass dome at the top,” she said.

“Because when you’re up there it’s all glass and you can see three floors down because there’s glass in the three floors below as well,” she added.

Mark said her father wanted to sell the chateau now because she and her sister were going to college.

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Construction machinery surrounds the castle.Courtesy of Chris Mark Castle

“It’s because my sister is in college and I’m going to college next year. We’re moving and he doesn’t want to sit there on his own if we don’t use him,” he said. -she adds.

As the chateau seeks its next owners, there is a particular profile of buyers who might be the best fit.

“This property is perfect for someone looking for a lifestyle change: not an ordinary house or estate, something unique and exceptional,” Pizzi, the listing agent, told CT Insider.

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