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"Enchantingly Practical" Castle in Sunset Beach Asks $10.8MM

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This three-story, 8,000-square foot house on the sand in Huntington Beach has six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a beach-view spa, a dry sauna, a "semi-floating" staircase," handcrafted woodwork, incredible views, and a gourmet kitchen. Oh yes, and it looks like an enormous toy castle. "Ideal for romantic realists, the towering, world famous beachfront Sand Castle boasts the best location in Sunset Beach and is an enchantingly practical 21st century Medieval manor complete with parapets, turrets & gothic arches," pronounces the brokerbabble. Turrets aren't usually practical, unless you're planning on being sieged, but perhaps there's a lot we don't know about what goes on in this part of the OC. Also a mystery: there isn't a single animated songbird or flaxen-haired princess-in-the-rough in any of these listing photos, even though no one but a cartoon and her menagerie of helpful fauna could possibly live here. This whimsical palace is asking $10.8 million.

· 16815 S Pacific Coast, Sunset Beach, CA[Estately]