Copenhaver Castle

One of the most unique and highly photographed buildings in the Phoenix area is Copenhaver Castle.  (Wanna know how I found that out?  From a geocache of course!)

The castle was modeled after an old Moorish fortress in Spain that the designer and builder had remembered seeing in a movie when he was a child.

The interior of the 7000 square foot home was built using eight levels, with ten balconies providing a great view of the valley. 

It has twenty rooms, including five bedrooms, seven and one half bathrooms, four fireplaces, and three garages and carports. The living room has a seventeen foot waterfall that cascades above the fireplace. The Great room features a spa that seats twenty people. Above it is a retractable roof for views of the famous Arizona blue sky, or a wonderful view of the stars.

 It also has a billiard room. (Of COURSE IT DOES….!)

A dungeon, is accessed through one of the many secret passageways in the home, and it includes a wet bar. A helicopter pad is located on the roof for easier travel to the airport. There is a drawbridge, and a moat, as well, because after all, it was designed to be similar to a Moorish fortress.

The exterior walls of the home were built of stone blasted from the mountainside property. 
Found some blasting evidence just down the road too – I can’t even imagine how much it would cost to blast off part of a mountain to have your home built!

Sure is beautiful though!

We hung around to watch the sunset….

And with that, we bid farewell to Arizona….

Welcome to Arizona, where summer spends the winter – and hell spends the summer. ~Popular saying, modified from a booster slogan in the 1930s

A hundred ten in the shade is sorta hot, but you don’t have to shovel it off your driveway. ~Author Unknown

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