1. Gothic Revival Castle in San Francisco
For a smidge less than $8 mil, you could traipse around your own gothic castle late at night, sipping port wine in your library, bathing in one of your two Roman baths, or playing dressup in your cavernous walk-in closet. The photos of this house are jaw-dropping, but it's a bit painful for me to see the modern furnishings the castle is currently decorated with for staging.
The house was converted from a former church. It's massive, but doesn't seem to have proper bedrooms - the beds, for now, are just set in the middle of some of the monstrously huge common rooms.
Hey, is this neighborhood zoned for mixed use? This would make an *amazing* nightclub. And since you won the lottery, you could afford to heat and staff it, while still charging just a modest cover charge!
2. French Gothic Chateau in Seattle
For a mere $11 million, you could have the opportunity to "gothify" this lovely turreted home. A few gargoyles added to the gate and roof, a proper labyrinth designed in the garden, heavy window coverings to block out the light, and you're good to go.
3. Balcastle, in the Hamptons
Take just 5 million of your lottery winnings to treat yourself to a "summer cottage" in the Hamptons. This is a 1911 Gothic Revival castle. I love the gazebo!
4. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The interior and exterior of the Mercer house were used in the filming of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. (Pardon me for a moment while I mentally drool over John Cusack). Definitely a creepy house! Whoops, it's actually not for sale, being a historic mansion and all.. but with your lottery winnings, money talks, and I bet you could get it for $8 mil.
5. Anne Rice in New Orleans
Anne Rice's former home in NOLA is still up for sale. It was the setting for "The Witching Hour."
6. Amityville Horror House
7. Benjamin Stanley Freeman House, Massachusetts
So which one would you buy first?