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Buy Richard Garriott's house

Britannia may be the fictional setting of the Ultima [1] game series, but that shouldn't stop you from buying property there. For the cool sum of $4.1 million USD, Brittania Manor [2], the home of Richard Garriott [3], aka Lord British, can be yours.

Located at 8207 Two Coves Drive in Austin, Texas, the 5,900-square-foot mansion, currently for sale through RE/MAX [4], features all the essential amenities, including a pool, an observatory, a grotto, a waterfall, a sauna, a gazebo [5], and a five-car garage. The castle, built in 1987, appears to be in an excellent state of upkeep.

Britannia Manor is famous for its biennial haunted mansions [6], for which Mr. Garriott spared no expense. But assuming the house isn't truly haunted, it raises the question: why is the house for sale? Surely someone who can afford a trip to outer space [7] isn't hurting for money. Maybe Mr. Garriott needs to fund his geocaching adventures [8]?

(Hat tip to Jason Scott [9] and Nathan Bernier [10])

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#1 Comment By Jonathan Badger On Oct 20, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

Well, he certainly wasn't hurting for money *before* the space trip, but that had to have put a big dent in his savings, and didn't his post-UO MMO not turn out to be a success?

#2 Comment By Blake Patterson On Oct 20, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

God, I heard of this place decades ago and have lusted after it since. How amazing it would be to own that thing!

#3 Comment By Byte Knight On Oct 22, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

ONLY a five car garage? I'm afraid that's a deal-breaker for me…