7 Star Trek-themed properties and what they’d cost you
A look at houses where you can explore strange new worlds from the comfort of your couch.
With Star Trek Beyond in theatres and a new Trek show recently teased at Comic Con, the august sci fi property is once again top of mind. It’s been a culture-shaping franchise for 50 years, and the third installment of the rebooted Star Trek film series is ensuring a new generation will dream of exploring the cosmos, seeking out new life and new civilisations.
The problem, of course, is that affordable space tourism is likely to be decades away. And unless some enterprising (sorry) scientist surprises us all with a warp drive in the near future, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to sign on for a stint in Starfleet anytime soon.
So to help you boldly go where no man has gone before without having to leave Earth, we’ve put together a list of Star Trek themed properties from least to most astronomically (again, sorry) expensive.
A Taste of Apartma-geddon
When Tony Alleyne lost his wife and his job as a DJ, he did what any reasonable person would do. He converted his Leicestershire flat into a set from Star Trek: Voyager. Alleyne decided to start his life anew as an interior designer and show how far a DIY spirit could take someone by converting his 34 square metre flat into a Starfleet ship, complete with blacked out windows to create the sensation of being in space.
Unfortunately for Alleyne, the flat was actually owned by his wife, who chose to sell. The flat’s value was put at around $124,000, but it’s a small price to pay for cold, antiseptic claustrophobia.
Image: Line Rainville
Line Rainville of Quebec, Canada, decided to go old school with her home’s Trek tribute. The die-hard Trekker spent $30,000 transforming her home’s basement into the bridge from the original Star Trek series. For added flair, Rainville also recreated Spock’s spartan (yet oddly sultry) bedroom. The reno gained Rainville unexpected fame, and even saw her story featured on Star Trek’s official website.
While we can’t find price particulars on Rainville’s specific home, the median house price in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Quebec, is around $213,000. You can add or subtract $30,000 from that, depending on if you think the Trek renovation is an improvement.
The Enterprise Increment
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Steve “Nighteagle” Doman spent 14 years transforming his Colorado cabin bit by bit into a ship the Federation would be proud of (though Doman actually sleeps in a room he’s dubbed the Klingon Ambassador’s Quarters). Constructed mostly from scavenged materials, the cabin’s six Trek-themed rooms don’t hew strictly to a specific Star Trek film or series, but perfectly capture the show’s futuristic aesthetic.
Doman said he began his home’s transformation as a way to keep himself busy during cold Rocky Mountain winters, but the project took on a life of its own over more than a decade.
Once again, there’s little information to accurately price Doman’s specific home, but the median home value in Guffey, Colorado is about $335,000. Don’t hold your breath waiting to snare Doman’s abode, though. He’s vowed to bequeath it to his cleaning lady.
The Galileo Seven Figures
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From the outside, this home in Friendswood, Texas in the United States fits in perfectly with its unassuming, upscale neighbours. Much like the USS Botany Bay, though, it hides an astounding secret. The five-bedroom house includes several Trek-themed rooms, including a media room replica of the Enterprise bridge complete with cinema screen. The home also has Star Trek sleeping quarters, a Trek kitchen, dining room and even bathroom. If you’re not entirely sold on all Star Trek all the time (or want to recreate one of the show’s many time travel episodes), the property also boasts a medieval-themed bedroom.
The home went on the market in September, with an asking price of close to $1.7 million. The price was then dropped to $1.55 million, then the listing was removed. Apparently the Venn diagram of people who live in Texas, people who can afford seven-figure homes and Star Trek super fans was smaller than the seller thought.
Elanora Heights of Troyius
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Closer to home, this sprawling mansion in Sydney’s northern beaches suburb of Elanora Heights set a suburb record when it sold last year for $8.39 million. Unofficially dubbed the Starship Enterprise, the property shows hints of former owner Peter Chedid’s Trek fandom in its striking, space-age architecture. According to Domain, Chedid commissioned the home with the idea of drawing on Star Trek’s aesthetic for inspiration. Perhaps wisely, Chedid eschewed a full Starfleet fit-out, instead going with a clean, modern interior design that could have wider appeal.
The Marc Bell of Gideon
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Former FriendFinder chief executive Marc Bell put his Florida home on the market back in 2014 for the princely sum of $46.5 million. The eight bedroom, 16 bathroom Mediterranean style home has features to appeal to any buyer, such as an arcade room, a pool with faux cliffs and a waterfall and an outdoor basketball court. But the coups-de-grace is the mansion’s two Star Trek-themed entertainment rooms, one of which features a life-sized Borg. And if you’re looking for some more down-to-earth entertainment, the mansion also features a Call of Duty-themed gaming room.
The Game Developers of Triskelion
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This property isn’t residential, but we’d be remiss to leave it off our list. When Chinese game developer NetDragon Websoft was looking for new office space, its founder Liu Deijan decided to create the ultimate geek fantasy by building an homage to the Enterprise.
The 260-metre-long behemoth cost $120 million to construct, and the company even went so far as to contact CBS, Star Trek’s rights holder, for permission.
“We have always held a negative attitude toward piracy,” the company told the Wall Street Journal.
For those who would rather dwell on the past than look to the future, the building also features a life-sized T-Rex skeleton replica.