Game of Thrones: Cost of living and real estate comparison

Adam Vagley @goodmigrations

The countdown to the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones has begun and unless you’ve been living beyond the wall for the last 8 years, you’re probably aware of the exuberant excitement for the premiere.

One of the joys of the show is the incredible film locations that make us feel like we’re in a real world King’s Landing, Dorne, or other faraway parts of “the known world”.

So we thought we’d jump on the GoT bandwagon and show you what it would cost to live like royalty in a real palace in the real world. (Hey HGTV, take note: it’s time to start a Castle Hunters television series. We know Jon Snow would be a fan since he needs some decor inspiration — black fur just isn’t a great look in summer months.)

So here it is, the Game of Thrones Real Estate Comparison.

Game of Thrones Cost of Living Comparison Infographic

 

KING’S LANDING
Film location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Are there castles for sale here? Yes.
The Palace Soderini is located within Dubrovnik’s walls. It’s got true royal roots since it was built for an exiled member of Florence’s ruling Medici family. It’ll cost you just over $2.5M. That’s €2.2M.

WINTERFELL
Film location: County Down, Northern Ireland
Are there castles for sale here? Yes.
Live like a king in Gilford Castle. With 15 bedrooms and 207 acres, there is plenty of room to spread out.  Spend days hunting on your land or fishing in the river that cuts through it. There are stables, a kennel, and a sawmill on site as well. The cost to live here? $3M or £2.3M.

MEEREEN
Film location: Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco
Are there castles for sale here? Not exactly.
Ait-Ben-Haddou doesn’t have any comparable real estate, so we went to the nearest city in Morocco, Ouarzazate. There you’ll find the over-the-top 7th Art Palace, which was built by a movie producer. Each bedroom is themed after a famous movie, such as Cleopatra and Gladiator. This piece of life imitating art will cost you $2.9M (€2.5M).

DORNE
Film location: Seville, Spain
Are there castles for sale here? Si.
While it doesn’t have the Water Gardens, this 10,000 square foot palace with 145 acres of land does have olive groves. Living like the Martells (RIP) will set you back $6.7M (€6.0M).

HIGHGARDEN
Film location: Cordoba, Spain
Are there castles for sale here? Mas o menos.
Lady Olenna Tyrell (also RIP) would approve of this spot since nobility used to own this nine bedroom palace. It’s also the most expensive home on our list; costing you $11.4M (€9.8M). Even the name – “Palacio de Cordoba” – sounds upscale.

BRAAVOS
Film location: Šibenik, Croatia
Are there castles for sale here? Not exactly.
The free city of Braavos…er, Šibenik is fresh out of palaces and sword fighting (the palaces have been turned into museums and the swords are in those museums), but you can still get a palatial six bedroom modern villa in this coastal medieval town. You’ll just need to pony up $1.8M (€1.6M) for the beautifully named – and situated – Villa Novitas.

THE EYRIE
Film location: Meteora, Greece
Are there castles for sale here? Nope, nothing castle-like here besides a UNESCO monastery perched on a mountain, which is a pretty stunning sight.
We’ll admit it: we just picked out the first awesome villa we found. It’s nowhere near Meteora. But it is stunning. Meet The Venetian, situated on the western Greek island of Lefkada. If House Arryn could get a mulligan, they’d probably choose to live here. The price? $2.8M (€2.5M).

Artwork:
Super awesome GoT location icons by Lucía Gómez Alcaide
www.lucecitagmz.com

Real Estate Listings:
King’s Landing: https://bit.ly/2FnRzJs
Winterfell: https://bit.ly/2ukBgIg
Meereen: https://bit.ly/2KHrOFt
Dorne: https://bit.ly/2Uj5niI
Highgarden: https://bit.ly/2MMDCHi
Braavos: https://bit.ly/2UjDR4K
The Eyrie: https://bit.ly/2LJJIYL

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