Back in 2010, Brent Bruns II bought a historic St. Petersburg, Fla., home with two small cottages on the grounds for $265,000. He dreamed of turning the nine-bedroom complex into a “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bed and Breakfast.”
But last year he got a little distracted, joining his father, a Palm Coast real estate agent, to build a medieval castle outfitted with electromagnetic shielding in the woods of South Carolina for the National Geographic Channel reality series, “Doomsday Castle.”
While he was filming “Doomsday Castle,” (eight episodes aired last fall, but the show’s been canceled), Bruns got behind on his mortgage payments. Now the would-be bed-and-breakfast is up for sale in a foreclosure auction.
The house has already been decorated with murals featuring rock ‘n’ roll icons like Elvis and the Beatles, and comes with 70 guitars Bruns convinced some famous musicians to sign. But the property lacks the permits required to operate as a bed-and-breakfast, the Tampa Bay Times’ Katherine Snow Smith reports.
“I was about 95 percent there,” Bruns said. Charged with domestic battery in January, Bruns’ other problems include “a 2004 bankruptcy, numerous arrests and a short 2008 jail stint on fraud charges,” the Times reports.