Before Dr. Copenhaver lost the house in bankruptcy in 1987, it was featured on the TV show This Old House with Bob Villa and was open for tours (after changing ownership several times, the castle is once again a private residence, and not open for tours). But during its house tour heyday, the interior of Copenhaver Castle was described as opulent: 7,000 square feet encompassing twenty rooms (including seven and half bathrooms), three garages, four fireplaces, ten balconies, a billiard room, a dungeon with a bar, and a spa big enough for 20 people.
Rancher Jerry Mitchell bought the castle from Chase Bank in 1989, and changed the decor from Copenhaver's medieval theme to a Western theme, filled with cowboy and Native American art. In 2005, the castle was purchased by Old Standard Life Insurance Company, which held a massive auction of the castle and its contents this past February. Names of bidders for the castle and their bids were not disclosed, but according to the most recent records at the Maricopa County Assessor's Office, the property is still owned by Old Standard.
There are no "for sale" signs outside Copenhaver Castle now, and the wrought-iron gate at the driveway entrance prevents people from accessing the property. But it's still worth a quick, drive-by look. After all, where else in Phoenix can you find a Moorish castle on a mountainside?
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