Our New, Beautifully-Imposing Home

It’s not a castle, but it’ll do! The exterior is extremely castle-esque, clearly crafted with Romanian architecture in mind, but a Melbourne touch at the forefront. Perhaps we can transform it a bit, but for now, I’m just happy we’ve found somewhere that suits us. It’s even on a hill! AND it has a gate and a solid fence, all of which suits us just fine. The locals have said that it used to be a reputedly-haunted mansion, and then a school for a brief time before it was shut down due to paranormal incidents. Oh, that’s just pish-posh. Ghosts and undead clearly aren’t real.

Anyway, we need to look into blocking sunlight from these windows, since none of our family are fond of the sunlight. I noticed that the attic has some rather lovely sash windows with custom shutters, so perhaps I should ask around and see if there are any reliable sash window fitters in Melbourne who can give the whole place the treatment. It’s chic, it compliments the décor, and I like the idea of being able to close the shutters during the day, possibly via remote control. That might not be a job for window installation people, but maybe they know someone for the job.

I would say there’s quite a bit of work to be done on the place, partially because it still resembles a school and not a living space, and also since no one has really maintained it since the closure. Oh, we’ll have it looking perfectly Transylvanian soon enough, and then we can entertain…guests. A bearskin rug there, we’ll stoke up the fire, exposed brick here…I’ll leave it to the wife. She’s terribly good at interior decorating. And she has a nose for a deal like a bloodhound; I bet she can root through the best window replacement company based in Melbourne and find the greatest people for the project.

Ahh, it’s lovely, being here amongst the rolling hills. Makes me feel right at home.

-Ivanov Maxim Payler-Alucard