By the Engel & Völkers Team
When you're on the hunt for a new home, the town over might have some nice condos, Craftsmen or Colonials for sale, but on-the-market cultural heritage sites are much harder to come by. Located in Elewijt, Belgium, a castle once owned by 17th-century master Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens is currently listed by Engel & Völkers Mechelen, and it's oozing with all the priceless stonework, elaborate fireplaces and art history imaginable.
Dating back to 1304 and originally known as Castle Het Steen, Rubens lived in this home with his second wife Helena Fourment for the last five years of his life from 1635-1640. He redesigned the entire castle in a Flemish Renaissance style, after which the castle became known as Rubens Kasteel, and he produced some of his most celebrated works in and around the property. The castle itself is also the subject of several of his paintings.
Being a global historical landmark and the birthplace of treasured 17th-century art pieces, we'd say Rubens Kasteel is enough to woo any potential homebuying art fans. But also having undergone careful, extensive renovations since 1955 and having an additional 19 acres of grounds, seven bedrooms, two kitchens, five living rooms and five fireplaces, this isn't your average for-sale historical monument.
Read more in this Mansion Global article here.