Jackson County

For sale: Beachfront castle just south of Ocean Springs

KAREN NELSON 
 
 The castle on East Belle Fontaine Beach south of Ocean Springs in Jackson County is for sale, as is, for $2 million. Made of poured concrete, it's neat inside, inspectors say. The rooms are round.
KAREN NELSON The castle on East Belle Fontaine Beach south of Ocean Springs in Jackson County is for sale, as is, for $2 million. Made of poured concrete, it's neat inside, inspectors say. The rooms are round.

OCEAN SPRINGS -- There's a castle on the beach south of Ocean Springs, on East Belle Fontaine Drive.

And it's for sale for $2 million.

Listed on real estate website Zillow.com for only a month, it has already gotten 9,000 views.

"Extravagant built to last stunning panoramic views."

Yep, that qualifies as a castle.

Even people driving the beachfront refer to it as the castle.

The home is three levels with five bedrooms, six baths, 4,400 square feet of living space and terraces everywhere.

It's called "4,400 square feet of the most interesting real estate in the area."

The monthly mortgage estimate, $7,000.

The project of Dr. Pravin Saija of Biloxi, it has been in the making for years.

The county Planning Department has not done the final inspection, so that means it has another step to go to be considered officially complete, but everything is inspected and up to code. The buyer would just need to transfer the building permit to their name to finish the interior, according to the county.

The castle is built entirely of concrete, inspectors say.

At one time, the doctor considered domes for the roof, but those involved said he couldn't find what he wanted locally, and importing them from India wasn't cost effective.

Saija acquired the first building permit in 2008 and work progressed on and off, according to the county file.

"We're about three-quarters through with the inspection process," said Marcus Catchot, assistant planning director and county building official.

Catchot has been inside.

"The last time I was in it, they were still pouring wall," he said. "It was really strange and round. And I was wondering how they'd make rooms out of it. Everything is round."

He said, "It's different, but it's kind of neat in itself."

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