Viral ‘Darth Vader’ home in Texas sells to mystery buyer with $3M ask

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He will join or buy us, Master.

A Texas home that went viral this year for looking similar to Darth Vader’s helmet sold last Friday, according to its listing brokerage. However, both the identity of the new owner and the price he spent for the unusual looking property are still a secret.

The 7,040-square-foot sprawling, located in Houston — and in the not-so-distant skyline — made waves when it hit the market in the spring for $4.3 million. It especially made its way to the popular @zillowgonewild Instagram account in May, where a 10-photo slideshow is showing off its space-age interiors Received almost 37,000 likes — as well as comments including, “It’s a portal to another universe, I swear,” and “Pretty sure this is where Lex Luthor lives.”

In fact, a plastic surgeon named Jean Cukier—who reportedly avoided any press or visits to the 3201 University Boulevard property—called it his home. Cukier made it in 1992, but Darth Vader’s helmet was not his inspiration. Instead, he aimed to build a “dark and mysterious” lair inspired by aviation.

This Houston house was built in 1992 by a plastic surgeon.
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“He was in the F-111 stealth fighter,” said Randy Hickey, one of the architects who designed the octagonal spread, Told Texas Monthly, “He saw a picture of her, and he said, ‘That’s what I want.’ And from that time on, it just kept on growing and growing and growing.”

Inspired by stealth fighter aircraft and marked with dark tones, the home features large windows that let in natural light.
Inspired by stealth fighter aircraft and marked with dark tones, the home features large windows that let in natural light.
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The centerpiece of the home is a sunken conversation pit with blue LED lights to set the mood after hours.
The centerpiece of the home is a sunken conversation pit with blue LED lights to set the mood after hours.
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Two stairs lead to the main living area which surrounds the conversation pit.
Two stairs lead to the main living area which surrounds the conversation pit.
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The “Star Wars” design has its own rules for building and permitting West University Place, a city within Houston, which caused some controversy in the area.

“NS [community] used for a certain identification, and Jeanne’s home was not even close to a house they could identify as a home,” says Nadia Caron—one of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty agents, who published the listing. did again – told the local outlet. “And they were concerned about their own property values.”

The living area includes a kitchenette that opens to an eating area and a small eating nook.
The living area includes a kitchen that opens to a formal dining area and a small eating nook.
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The 7,040-square-foot property fits additional areas to lounge.
The 7,040-square-foot property fits additional areas to lounge.
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Since then, the house has become a highlight, especially among “Star Wars” fans. Recently listed for $3.09 million, Caron has been busy handling requests from potential buyers and so many serious customers who just wanted to peek inside. But to keep the latter at bay, brokerages require proof of funds to visit the listing.

There are four bedrooms inside.
There are four bedrooms inside.
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Outdoor amenities include a balcony.
Outdoor amenities include a balcony.
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But it took three price cuts to sell the property. It cut its demand first to $3.95 million in July, then to $3.5 million in August, and to $3.09 million in September.

Inside its dark and angular exterior, touches include a sunken conversation pit fitted with blue LED strip lights and water features. Two stairways descending to its side, resembling a 1980s look, will lead the new owner to the rest of the living area that includes additional space to lounge and room for a dining table.

The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home additionally features concrete and stone-lined floors, as well as hand-carved stone counters with serrated edges. There are also large windows that let in plenty of light, despite the unmistakably Dark Lord vibes—and a home office space, which Cookier used as a music studio. The master bedroom has two large closets, while the garage has room for four cars.

The new owner has home office space.
The new owner has home office space.
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The kitchen features hand-cut stone counters.
The kitchen features hand-cut stone counters.
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The main level provides plenty of space for formal dining.
The main level provides plenty of space for formal dining.
TK Images for Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty

“People flew in to see the property,” said Karen, who shared the list with Wednesday Night. told the realtor in June, “We had a ton of bros and a ton of ‘Star Wars’ fans. It blew our minds to see how similar people are to this house because of what it looks like.”

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