​Copenhaver Castle Sold, Auction Block For $1.45 Million

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June 9, 2012

Built into the side of Camelback Mountain in Arizona, the Copenhaver Castle is more than a landmark, and the property just sold on the auction block for $1.45 million.

Copenhaver Castle Sold

The Arizona Republic is reporting that the landmark property was bought by a Phoenix businessman named, Robert Pazderka, who plans to renovate the castle and use it to promote his armored truck and car company called Armored Group LLC.

The 7,900 square foot castle took 10 years to complete they began building it in 1967. It features a drawbridge, dungeon, secret passages, turrets and a spa in the living room. It was named for its original owner Dr. Mort Copenhaver; however, after the previous owners fell on financial hardships the home has been available on and off again since 1985 and has been seriously neglected.

Pazderka who has lived in the area for 15 years, said the $1.45 million he paid seems to be quite a deal considering in 1985 it was going for $7 million.

“Unfortunately, it’s been neglected. I hope to bring it back to the magnificent property that it is,” He said. “It’s going to take a lot of money and a lot of time.”

Pazderka said he plans to move into the castle and get it designated as a historical landmark after spending anywhere from $3 to $5 million on renovations. He also hopes not to suffer the same fate as all its previous owners.

Since Dr. Copenhaver lost the castle after his dental practice collapsed, the home has changed hands several times with each owner having to claim bankruptcy or lose the property to foreclosure.