A Texas home that went viral this 12 months for its hanging resemblance to Darth Vader’s helmet bought final Friday, in accordance to its itemizing brokerage. However, the id of the brand new proprietor and the worth they shelled out for the unusual-looking property are each nonetheless below wraps.
The 7,040-square-foot unfold situated in Houston — and never in a galaxy far, distant — made waves when it hit the marketplace for $4.3 million in the spring. It notably made its means to the favored @zillowgonewild Instagram account in May, the place a 10-photo slideshow displaying its space-age interiors snagged nearly 37,000 likes — in addition to feedback together with, “It’s a portal to another universe, I swear,” and “Pretty sure this is where Lex Luthor lives.”
In actuality, a plastic surgeon named Jean Cukier — who reportedly averted any press or excursions of the 3201 University Boulevard property — referred to as this his home. Cukier had it constructed in 1992, however Darth Vader’s helmet wasn’t his inspiration. Instead, he aimed to construct a “dark and mysterious” lair impressed by aviation.
“He was into the F-111 stealth fighter,” Randy Hickey, one of many architects who designed the octagonal unfold, told Texas Monthly. “He saw a picture of it, and he said, ‘This is what I want.’ And from that point on, it just grew and grew and grew.”
The “Star Wars” design sparked some controversy in the world, West University Place, which is a metropolis inside Houston that has its personal guidelines for constructing and allowing.
“The [community] is used to a certain identity, and Jean’s house was not even close to what they can identify as a house,” Nadia Carron — one of many Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty brokers who repped the itemizing — informed the native outlet. “And they were worried about their own property values.”
Since then, the home grew to become an attraction, notably amongst “Star Wars” followers. Most lately listed for $3.09 million, Carron stayed busy dealing with requests from potential consumers and not-so-serious purchasers who merely needed a peek inside. But to maintain the latter folks at bay, the brokerage required proof of funds in order to tour the itemizing.
But it took the property three value cuts to promote. It first lowered its ask to $3.95 million in July, then to $3.5 million in August earlier than settling at $3.09 million in September.
Inside its dark-colored and angular exterior, touches embody a sunken dialog pit that’s dressed with blue LED strip lights and water options. Two Eighties-looking staircases lead to a touchdown off to its facet, which is able to take the brand new proprietor to the rest of the dwelling space that features further house for lounging and room for a eating desk.
The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home moreover has flooring manufactured from concrete and stone, in addition to a kitchen with serrated-edge hand-carved stone counters. There are additionally oversize home windows that, regardless of the inadvertent Dark Lord vibes, let in numerous gentle — and a home workplace house, which Cukier used as a music studio. The master suite has two giant closets, whereas the storage has house for 4 vehicles.
“People flew in to see the property,” Carron, who shared the itemizing with Wade Knight, told Realtor in June. “We had a ton of brokers and a ton of ‘Star Wars’ fans. It blew our minds to see how much people were attracted to this house just because of what it resembles.”