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Historic Berkeley Castle for sale

March 12, 2002|BY DAVE McMILLION

After spending more than $600,000 to renovate the historic landmark, a Washington, D.C.-based investment group has decided it will put the Berkeley Castle on the auction block, a real estate agent confirmed Monday.

Associated Investors Group LLC renovated the entire building, including installing a new roof, new heating and cooling systems, an electrical upgrade and a new commercial kitchen, said Gordon Greene, the broker handling the sale for Associated Investors.

Increasing numbers of people from nearby metropolitan areas have been discovering the spas in Berkeley Springs and other tourist attractions, which Greene hopes will translate into a successful sale.

Greene said the castle would be an ideal building for a corporate retreat or offices.

Sale of the building includes the right to drill into the Bath Mineral Springs, the town's famed water source, as long as it does not interfere with local spas that use the water, said Greene.

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Potential buyers can tour the castle April 14, April 20, April 26 and April 27. The castle will be open from noon to 3 p.m. on those days, Greene said.

The castle was built in the 1880s of silica sandstone by Maryland railroad and shipping magnate Samuel Taylor Suit.

The 20-room castle took three years to complete, at a cost of $100,000.

Suit died before the castle was finished, but his young widow saw the project to completion.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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