Yoda said size doesn’t matter. But when a family of Star Wars fans built their dream home at Disney World, they didn’t have the little Jedi Master in mind, they had Han Solo in mind.
The result? An 11,000 square foot Mediterranean mansion with a Millennium Falcon theater theatre.
“The theater actually has a life-size Chewbacca that the owners had made as an exact replica of the original,” said Chris Christensen, one of the real estate agents.
The one-of-a-kind property, which went on the market last week, is listed at $15 million. It has seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and too many movie accents to count. There’s even a marble reproduction of Cinderella’s fireplace.
Not only are the homeowners loyal to the light side, they proudly fly the flag of the owner of the Star Wars franchise.
“The family loves Disney,” explained Christensen, who says the current owners live there full-time. It makes sense. You would have to be a member of the Mickey Mouse Club to live at Walt Disney World Resort.
The home, which was built in 2019 and looks like it could have been a two-story olive garden in a past life, sits on .75 acres directly on the resort’s exclusive Enchanted Oak Drive. According to Christensen, most homes in the Hood have a sort of Disney influence, as it attracts homeowners who live and breathe all things happily ever after. Less than a mile away, this six bed, six bath home with a Mickey Mouse suite can be yours for only $16 million.
Imagineers even took a break from bringing us the next Space Mountain and Tower of Terror to help design the residence. Disney architects also got involved. Her accents can be seen in the Disney-style stained glass windows and grand staircase in the entryway. Both appear to be paying homage to Beauty and the Beast. Meanwhile, “Cars” fans will appreciate the property’s four separate garages. They have car lifts, so theoretically you can stack your BMW on top of your Bentley (or vice versa, depending on what you’ve been driving lately).
The property’s outdoor areas include a “sparkling” free-form pool, a waterslide with a rock waterfall, a summer kitchen and a covered courtyard with a living room with a starlit fiberglass ceiling. There is also a detached studio guest house. Highlights inside the home include a game room, a custom Swarovski crystal chandelier, a Remy-approved chef’s kitchen with “exotic granite countertops,” and a master suite with two gas fireplaces (because apparently it gets cold in Florida). In the evening, soak in the hot tub and enjoy the complimentary nightly fireworks show courtesy of your neighbor Epcot.
HOA fees aren’t cheap — expect to pay $8,000 a year — but they’re nothing compared to the $19,000 a year you have to shell out for a mandatory country club membership. It’s a lot, but if you’re willing to pay the fees, you get access to a communal pool and terrace, a 24-hour fitness center, a family area, and three restaurants, including a tapas joint for the over-21s only. Since the club is members-only, you don’t even have to worry about bumping into the Four Seasons rabble across the pond on Dream Tree Boulevard.
If it’s so idyllic, why are the owners offering their Star Wars fairy tale for sale? Christensen says they are trying to downsize. Yoda is always right.
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