Inside the $ 4.3 million otherworldly Darth Vader House in Texas, USA – International Property of the Week
No prizes for guessing how this Houston, Texas home got its nickname Darth Vader House.
But while its eye-catching exterior looks suspiciously like the helmet worn by the famous Star wars villainous, the house was actually designed to look like a stealth fighter jet, at the behest of its current owner, plastic surgeon Jean Cukier.
The key details
Cukier received a lot of reluctance from city officials when he first came up with the design because it was so far removed from the aesthetic of the surrounding neighborhood in Houston’s West University Place subdivision.
It finally got the go-ahead and the property was built in 1992. It has garnered attention ever since. Notoriously private, Cukier has always refused interviews and never posted images of the interior of the property, leaving many to wonder if the dark and fortress-like aesthetic of the exterior extended to the rest of the property. the House.
The house was recently put on the market by Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty for $ 4.3 million – the listing offering a long-awaited glimpse of the interior.
What is the story?
The 7,000 square foot home located at West University Place in Houston sits on 18,000 square feet of land.
While the front of the house is defined by its fortress-like design, with a low roof, sloping stone and concrete walls, and squat windows, the rear has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the large lawn. of the property.
An open-plan ground floor layout with high ceilings is dominated by a sunken living room, with steps down to the main living area, which is dotted with low sofas. It was a popular architectural feature in the mid-1900s, aptly known as the “conversation pit”.
Designed to resemble a canyon, the stone floors and irregular tile formations are highlighted by blue stripe lighting, giving the space an otherworldly feel. Separate dining areas, a kitchen, a formal dining room, an office and a bedroom surround this sunken space, with two imposing floating staircases leading up to the first floor of the house.
Arranged in shades of gray and white, the interior is austere, clean, and minimalist, with mid-century furnishings, monochrome artwork, and oversized carvings further emphasizing Cukier’s idiosyncratic tastes.
Upstairs are three additional bedrooms, including a master bedroom with two huge walk-in closets and an en-suite bathroom. Angular hallways and hidden crevices make it a space that invites investigation, while a four-car garage means you can have plenty of friends to explore.
What brokers say …
“Known to many as the ‘House of Darth Vader’, this contemporary masterpiece is not to be missed,” the listing on Sotheby’s Realty website states. “A house-museum located on a prestigious street in the University of the West… there is nothing like it in the area.”
Because the house has garnered so much attention and curiosity, Sotheby’s only welcomes serious buyers who can provide proof of funds to book tours.