Weâ€™re just days away from the premiere ofÂ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first of the franchiseâ€™s sequel series picking up three decades after the fall of the Galactic Empire. While we anxiously await lightsaber duels and starfighter battles (and new planets!), weâ€™re tapping into our own Jedi powers to rank some of the most iconic homes in the galaxy.
5. Theed Royal Palace
Atop a cliff in Nabooâ€™s capital city, the Royal Palace was modeled after the real-life Marin County Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wrightâ€”regrettably not a long time ago, nor in a galaxy far, far away. The interior is actually the Palace of Caserta (Italyâ€™s answer to Versailles), with 1,200 rooms, a library and a theater, all overlooking a garden blooming on nearly 300 acres.
Whatâ€™s it worth? Based on approximations for the French landmark and the Civic Center, the palace and its many watch towers could fetch up to $2Â billionÂ if it ever went to market.
4. Hutt Castle
Otherwise known as Jabbaâ€™s Palace, this durasteel monastery-turned-crime lord retreat offers unobstructed views of Tatooineâ€™s Dune Sea. Powered by energy produced at an in-house facility, the castle features a tower with spiral staircase and holoprojector, an elevator with a capacity for Hutts and polished stone floors throughout.
The real selling point? A pit below the throne room perfect for a pet rancor.
3. Ewok Tree Hut
Nestled more than 150 feet above ground on the Forest Moon of Endor, these treetop huts form Bright Tree Village, an ideal community for those eager to try off-the-grid living. Tree hut residents also have access to ground-level accommodationsâ€”an entertainerâ€™s dream when partying it up after a Rebel win.
The best part? These canopy homes are constructed in and around ancient, flame-resistant trees. Yub yub!
2. The Lars Homestead
This moisture farm on Tatooine has a storied history, passed down through generations of the Lars family. It comes complete with a semi-subterranean home and courtyard that shields occupants from the planetâ€™s twin suns, and a garage with recharging port roomy enough for three T-16 skyhoppers. The property also features a security access pad barring entrance toÂ Sand PeopleÂ uninvited visitors.
UPDATE: The Lars Homestead is now a pile of charred rubble, andâ€”full disclosureâ€”it may have seen a tragedy or two, but itâ€™s the childhood home of Luke Skywalker, people!
1.Â Death Star
At over 75 miles in diameter, the first Death Star is comparable to a class-IV moon. Composed of quadanium steel and encircled by a mile-wide docking bay, it boasts a hyperdrive system, trash compactors and a superlaser capable of blasting planets to oblivion. Several more defining features were also added by the architect, including an exhaust port no bigger than a womp rat.
UPDATE: Like the Lars Homestead, Death Star I is no more. Still, flaw and all, itâ€™s priceless.
Star Wars: The Force AwakensÂ hits theaters December 18.
This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall.