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For those who dare to pass the threshold, a condo inside of an East Oakland mini medieval castle is now on the market for only $600,000.

5717 N. Picardy Drive is a two bedroom, one bathroom condo encompassing 1,332 square feet. It comes complete with a jet stream bathtub, stone fireplace, hardwood floors and a bonus room. The entrance is currently guarded by a suit of armor and the “grand foyer” features wall-to-wall stone tile.

This is the second time in two years that the unit has been put on the market — it was last listed for $585,000 and sold for $600,000. It seems the current owner ran out of Monty Python jokes too quickly and is now riding off into the distance to a cacophony of galloping coconuts.

The homes along this street share a similar aesthetic of multiple turrets, parapets and Brothers Grimm storybook flair. The 70-plus residences of Picardy Drive were built by R.C. Hillen and designed by Walter Dixon in the 1920s. Styled after Norman castles, the area was once known as Normandy Gardens and was, in part, a reaction to the First World War and influenza pandemic — Dixon thought local residents needed more whimsy.

“The world was just a little too scary,” Woody Minor, Alameda’s architectural historian in residence told SFGate in 2005. “It was changing too fast, so people retreated into a romantic fantasy.” He also said the homes should become historical landmarks, though they have not yet achieved such status.

Be sure you aren’t a Grinch if interested: Picardy Drive is also famous for its yearly ostentatious holiday light displays, a tradition that spans nearly nine decades and draws hundreds of onlookers.

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