Kasbah Tagountaft – Morocco

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Added to OHD on 5/24/18   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   71 Comments
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Kasbah Tagountaft

  • 3.000.000 €
  • 32292 Sq Ft
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Kasbah Tagountaft was once the home of the powerful Caid of the Goundafa tribe who vied for control of the Atlas Mountains at the end of the 19th century, The Kasbah controlled the entry of the valley as it is situated high up in a striking position overlooking the River Nfis, Today the Kasbah is considered one of the most memorable sites of historical significance in Morocco.
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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Reader share.

    Posting this one, not because I think one of y’all will be buying it but because it’s interesting. Imagine the history of the place and what it was once like.

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    • BethanyBethany says: 3450 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      I can’t wrap my brain around how this is for sale. It’s not being marketed as a potential dwelling, but as a historical monument–who does that? Who sells their historical sites? I think the American in me is showing LOL

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      • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1167 comments
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        1875 Limestone house
        Langeais, Loire Valley,

        As a European (French) i have the same disbelief when i see churches or schools or even townhalls being sold in the USA. But as you pointed out, this is weird that such a monument would be for sale. But maybe a conversion is possible to make it an event venue or tourism venue.

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        • MazamaGrammy says: 344 comments

          I feel very sad when I see our churches and schools on the chopping block. I could never be comfortable living in either one. Although the McMenamin family in Oregon has been very successful turning old schools into hotels, restaurants, and breweries. They even turned around a “poor folks home” where those without a home were housed and earned a living with their families before it became acceptable to camp out because you’re “homeless.” see link: https://www.mcmenamins.com/edgefield

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          • Sandy BSandy B says: 833 comments
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            2001 craftsman farmhouse
            Bainbridge Island, WA

            I’ve been to many of the McMenamin’s repurposed properties. Edgefield, the old poor farm east of Portland Oregon, is a large complex where they brew beer too. I love that they don’t “updo” the buildings, but capitalize on their original use….. schools, hotels, etc. As a preservation architect (ret.), I have long admired what the McMenamin brothers have accomplished in the adaptive use of historic buildings.

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          • It’s been disturbing to me to see so many churches for sale. There were some converted churches that I would love to live in, maybe even have a weekly Bible study in. If they are going to be sold, I’d rather see it go to someone who appreciates what the church represents rather than someone who only appreciates the structural and architectural features.

      • Marc says: 241 comments

        We are currently selling our native American historical sites to uranium and petroleum companies in Utah at Bears Ears National Monument.

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      • David F says: 49 comments

        Yeah. If it were in the US, we’d bulldoze it and build a nice exclusive golf course/housing development.

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    • Shirley Denmark says: 8 comments

      It is really a remarkable piece of history. We could rock the casbah but the shierf won’t like it!

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    • Joe benintende says: 4 comments

      Keep them coming!!!

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    • Rick Jones says: 1 comments

      Looks like a fixer upper…

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    • Jodie Westwood says: 7 comments

      Here I was all interested and everything and it doesnt even come furnished! lol

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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12146 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        It has a few sitting areas. The courtyard’s sunken living room and interiors built-in window seats. All you need to bring are a few pillows, toothbrush (and probably water), liquor for cocktails with umbrellas (the umbrellas will shade your drink and also serve as a cover to keep out dirt flying about). Maybe a hat since the skylights may not filter UV rays too well. And maybe a bed. And I guess you’ll need food so may as well bring a fridge. Maybe some solar panels to keep the fridge running plus you’d need ice for your cocktails. Pillows, toothbrush, cocktail umbrellas, fridge, solar panels and a bed should do it.

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    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1167 comments
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      1875 Limestone house
      Langeais, Loire Valley,

      Kelly i found some info with spelling TagounDaft (not …Taft).
      – It’s on Gmaps but can’t really be seen, but the surroundings are just WOW ! https://goo.gl/maps/yw5b65ENV2U2 .
      – Also i found this page where they say the build date is 1865 : http://www.rogermimo.com/fr.in09-Tagoundaft.htm but it shows ruins like just a bit of wall, which is not accurate with the beautiful pics posted by the agent…
      – And i found a mention of it in a Google Book excerpt: https://tinyurl.com/GbookKasbahTagoundaft . It says it sits atop a 1600m high rocky peak and was built around 1860. “This imposing fortress, its towers and keep, its aqueduct and cistern in poor condition, its vaulted door and courtyards, its guests room, make it a highly impressive place. (guide from 1936). Completely ruined today.”

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  2. SeanSean says: 158 comments
    1928 Spanish Revival
    Long Beach, CA

    Wow! I agree, just the history alone would be amazing. And you’d have to have a giant pile of $$$ to do something practical and constructive with this. With a strong imagination and a lot of creativity and unconventional ideas, this could be turned into something other than somewhere to live or a simple museum (which are always the most common purposes). Sadly, tho I might be creative and have a weird imagination… I barely have enough $$$ to afford a trip to Morocco, let alone think about buying this property. LOL!

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  3. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    Even in it’s worn condition, the exterior details are beautiful. I bet the view from this place is faint-worthy.

    Now I wanna go Netflix Casablanca. <3

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  4. MonChiChiPox says: 201 comments

    Except for the most historically, excruciatingly, strict restoration and conservation, by artisans and knowledgeable curators, this should not be touched. The somewhat spoiled, by comparison, American in myself in others we cringe at the thought of it being in private hands. Yet sometimes in this area a work like this is best in private hands that gently lead it to the care of a foundation. It’s a work of art just as much as the Mona Lisa is.

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  5. Alix says: 14 comments

    Gorgeous property! I agree, if one hoped to make this a home there are more than a few logistical problems. Water being the first to come to mind. Would love it if the walls could talk though.

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  6. RossRoss says: 2417 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Well……ah……you don’t see this every day!

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  7. TGrantTGrant says: 943 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Can you just imagine how stunning this place once was?!?

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  8. JullesJulles says: 526 comments
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    You wouldn’t believe how much the landscape looks like Alamogordo New Mexico. Now if I could find this building here for about $10,000… 🙂

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  9. Arkham says: 69 comments

    Oh, man… I would totally rock the Kasbah…

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  10. Leanne says: 44 comments

    Thank you for posting exotic properties like this. Keep it coming! Queen Annes are nice but a Moroccan fortress is to die for!

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  11. Ben Comish says: 5 comments

    Hmmm, no pictures of the kitchen or bathroom…never a good sign, must need a lot of work ?

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    • Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 2263 comments
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      1920 Colonial Revival
      Upstate/Central, NY

      Im loving the comments about this property as much as – or even more than – seeing the listing itself. But your comment… it made me literally LOL! ? Merci bien, danke, thank you…! ??

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  12. PreservationMattersPreservationMatters says: 97 comments
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    1720 Saltbox>>Greek Revival
    Windham, CT

    Looks like a bible epic film could be shot here. Just mesmerizing.

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  13. Sandy BSandy B says: 833 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    Makes my imagination tired!! You’d think it would be a World Monument of some sort by now. It is truly remarkable…… one can only imagine what it once was……

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  14. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    I didn’t notice it before, but in some of the photos I see scaffolding and what appears to be giant hoses, like fire hoses?

    I LOVE the photo where the sun is shining down through the tower.

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  15. Elaine says: 87 comments

    This doesn’t do it for me. I’ll keep my Italian castle, thank you! Speaking of which! I used to work at a state architecture board with their continuing ed section (ok, I WAS the CE section)! I knew this guy who worked with a provider. He and the provider had a friend that OWNED (I mean really OWNED) a Palladian Villa in Italy, and he was selling it. They were going to go visit him before he sold it. That was like back in 98 or 99. But I was just so amazed that anyone OWNED a Palladian Villa! Of course that was in my pre internet days; if it was now I would have found it on the web. I wish I could remember what it was called. I figured anything Palladian was owned by the government. I adored Palladio!

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  16. Lady Texas says: 198 comments

    My father was born in Fez to a French Colonial family. The was quite familiar with the tribes of the Rif mountains. His stories will curdle your hair.

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  17. Jerry says: 83 comments

    I dunno, it doesn’t have stainless steel appliances and granite countertops……

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  18. Randy C says: 427 comments

    I am totally confused as to why this is for sale, but I had the amazing experience to visit Morocco in 2002. It was like going back to biblical times. The people there are so humble, friendly and generous. They will share their last bite of bread with you. They have very little (except for the royalty of course) but are a very happy people. I will be forever grateful for that experience. It really taught me a lot about what is important (or not) in life.

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  19. Stacy | Blake Hill House says: 5 comments

    Well, it needs a little work, but it could be great! I’d add some French doors and perhaps make it an open floor plan. 😀

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    • Tommy QTommy Q says: 446 comments
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      1875 Eastlake
      Ione, CA

      Already has a pretty open open floor plan. I’d get some winders in first, add a decent HVAC, put in a pit to roast hams and a driving range for my golf game.

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  20. debra says: 17 comments

    soooo fun!

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  21. But what is the neighborhood like?

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  22. Glorybe says: 133 comments

    Unique! Always amazed by what I see on this site & you didn’t disappoint today. I have students coming from Spain & 1 has a home in Morocco-Maybe I will go visit homes in Morocco one fine day..

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  23. Jerry D. says: 33 comments

    Did they mention how many acres goes with it?

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  24. Katen says: 1184 comments

    I’ll pass on this one. It’s just too far from the bazaar. Give me a turn key in Marrakech or Rabat.

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  25. Chris Collins says: 12 comments

    I’ve been to the Kasbah in Tangiers. Nothing like this one though. I’ve read and watched films on riads (architecture & restoration. While a riad is a townhouse in the city, it shares some common features like the two stories with corridors surrounding an atrium or a pool. Riad Interior walls are often painted rich deep colors like cerulean blue, plum, bright yellow and sun-washed orange. I could really see this place beautifully restored in that manner. But I must say: it looks like a long ways to get milk and cereal. ?

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  26. April Anderson says: 2 comments

    The Caid who lived in this compound was one of three who vied for control of the trade route through the Atlas Mountains. Here’s an interesting article about one of the other Caids, but it gives you an idea of the situation.
    http://www.sun-trails.com/morocco-travel-blog/the-rise-of-a-pasha

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  27. MarkS says: 16 comments

    With the right window treatments it could be beautiful

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  28. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 1167 comments
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    1875 Limestone house
    Langeais, Loire Valley,

    I had a lot of laughs reading all of the above comments! 😀

    I’m amazed at the thickness of the walls. This property is incredible!

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  29. JRichardJRichard says: 182 comments
    1763 center-chimney cape
    Biddeford, ME

    So if it was inhabited as recently as a hundred or a few more years ago; when was it built? Is it VERY old? Medieval? Older?

    • CoraCora says: 2060 comments
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      Clinton, TN

      I was under the impression that it was built during the 19th century, but it really doesn’t give a build date. I tried to do a bit more research but couldn’t pinpoint.

      It does appear older than than a couple hundred years, but being up there on that hill, wide open to the harsh elements of the environment can age a building quickly.

      Because it was built like a fortress, it’s held up.

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  30. Anne Hamilton says: 202 comments

    Awesome place for a movie set!
    But I gotta say this, Morrocco must be broke!

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  31. BBP says: 26 comments

    Rock the Kasbah ! WOW

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  32. Anne Hamilton says: 202 comments

    It must have been stunning when occupied.
    Some of my favorite dwellings are the courtyard homes of the Morroccan casbahs.

  33. CoraCora says: 2060 comments
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    Clinton, TN

    https://youtu.be/bJ9r8LMU9bQ

    Sorry, I had to. I can’t get the song outta my head.

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  34. says: 1 comments

    Who owns this?

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  35. TXJewelTXJewel says: 354 comments
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    1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
    Strawn, TX

    I wonder how the neighborhood schools are rated? Maybe home schooling would be the way to go! I hope the wifi speeds are fast enough so the kids can keep up with their school work.

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  36. Nilsa Cintron says: 3 comments

    I never comment but boy I could just picture my senior citizen self belly dancing around the place!

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  37. jeklstudiojeklstudio says: 1052 comments
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    1947 Ranch
    OR

    Needs updates.

    But seriously, is this privately owned? I echo others’ comments: why would a piece of history be sold like this? And, realistically, only some really BIG money will do—after you’ve come up with the sale price. Whew!

  38. OurPhillyRowOurPhillyRow says: 111 comments
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    1852 Greek Revival Rowhouse
    Philadelphia, PA

    At only $218 a square foot, it is a veritable bargain!

    Seriously, its a very interesting property, thanks for posting it.

  39. When I think of Morrocan homes, etc., I think of tiled rooms and other opulent touches that turn a room into part of a home. I just can’t see this as a home anyone would or should buy. Perhaps the authorities in Morocco feel the same way about this place. It’s sad really…

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