Nestled in the basement of a Hidden Hills, CA, mansion is a 5,000-square-foot, “Star Wars”–themed entertainment complex. Designed for a believer in The Force, this stellar man cave houses an insane amount of movie paraphernalia.
The bewitching basement is part of a six-bedroom, 11-bath mansion now on the market for $26.5 million. The home’s “Star Wars” collection is also available for purchase.
The underground lair was conceived as the ultimate galactic museum. Mission accomplished, we say.
The basement features beautiful custom displays showcasing thousands of “Star Wars” props, collectibles, mannequins, and one-of-a-kind pieces by artists and prop makers, all commissioned by the homeowner.
Notable pieces include an X-wing starfighter, dozens of life-size figures, and a “cantina bar” populated by the rogues of the famous cantina on the planet of Tatooine.
There’s also a massive home theater with a 19-foot screen, whose “Star Wars” theme includes a replica of the Death Star surface. R2-D2 and C-3P0 currently stand watch over the concession stand.
The “Star Wars” basement isn’t the only superlative feature of this 3-acre property. Atop the hillside in the backyard sits Hidden Hills’ only observatory, which houses a state-of-the-art telescope that rivals the one in Griffith Observatory.
There’s also a custom music studio with acoustic walls, raised floors, geometric acoustic diffusers, and custom wall mounts currently displaying the owner’s impressive guitar collection. Apparently the saga of Luke Skywalker isn’t the owner’s only passion.
Other luxe amenities include an indoor-outdoor pool and spa with a grotto, waterfall, and waterslide. There’s also a wine room, gym, tennis court, and panic room.
Should you tire of monitoring the skies, there’s a 750-gallon saltwater aquarium between the dining room and family room. The aquarium has its own outdoor filtration enclosure, so the pumps and other accoutrements don’t disturb residents. It also has a self-feeding and self-regulating system, so it’s not critical if someone inadvertently forgets to feed the fish.
The estate includes a fruit orchard, grapevines, and organic herb garden. A 24-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system helps power the property, though the home is also equipped with a propane generator.
“The owner never let go of his inner child,” says Arvin Haddad, who is co-listing the property with Emil Hartoonian and Mauricio Umansky, all of The Agency.
The living spaces of the mansion are sophisticated and elegantly understated. Described as having a “Frank Lloyd Wright-meets-Mondrian” design aesthetic, the interiors feature American rustic elements of stone and wood juxtaposed with modern and geometric motifs.
Designed by architect Brian Lerman of ARC Design Group, the interiors include high ceilings and large windows throughout. But the grand rooms are surprisingly cozy, thanks to warm wood, stone paneling, and subtle lighting.
“I see the buyer as someone who appreciates American culture and heritage, who is not interested in a modern white-box mansion,” says Haddad, who adds that the buyer doesn’t necessarily need to be a “Star Wars” fan.
“The basement is ideal for an athlete’s trophies, an artist’s work, or an actor’s memorabilia. It’s a great place to raise a family,” he concludes. “One with lots of toys.”