Purchasing real estate can be difficult. I have no personal knowledge on the subject, that's just something I've heard. But I certainly imagine it's hard! How do you know the house will live up to your expectations? What are the odds that a house that has already been build will give you exactly what you want? What if the previous owners didn't tailor their home to your favorite fandom?! The terror! The only answer to all of these problems is to simply build your own home. Just like that. Easy (Do italics work to convey sarcasm in text?)!
While many of us are far from being able to own our own homes, let alone design it to our precise specifications, there are some people in this world who are just willing and able enough to do so. And for their intense love of a certain series or movie, mixed with their feats in architecture and design, I applaud them.
The Hobbit Hole
No, this isn't Bilbo Baggins' house. This house was built by Simon Dale for his family in Wales. As much as that sounds like be beginning to a fun limerick, it's the truth. This Hobbit-style home is not only beautiful, but it was also built to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.
According to Dale's website:
"The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gave us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. It housed our family whilst we worked in the woodland surrounding the house doing ecological woodland management and setting up a forest garden."
Not to mention, this house looks like it came straight out of the Shire! Who wouldn't want to live there?
The Flintstones House
This home in Malibu was built by the late Dick Clark as a summer home for him and his wife.
While there may not be prehistoric appliances, it still looks like it's fit for the fanciest of Bedrock residents.
One of the main draws of this property is the view, but there's also plenty of space for Pebbles and Bam Bamm to run around. The cave-like inside is 2,500 square feet, one bedroom, two bathrooms, and, of course, tons of custom detailing.
The Star Trek Mansion
If you've ever dreamed of traveling through space on the Starship Enterprise, but you're afraid of flying, this might just be the mansion for you. Marc Bell's mansion in Boca Raton, Florida is every Trekkie's dream.
The owner, Marc Bell made this entertainment room to look like the main bridge, because why not? If you're not really into Star Trek but you're still interested in living in Boca Raton, no worries, they've got other areas covered!
Maybe you're more into games? Well, there are plenty or rooms to play around in. Like...
A Call of Duty themed game room
A pinball arcade
Oh, you don't like pinball? No problem.
This house may be filled with fun things to do, but the price tag on this place is no joke. As of this May, this mansion in Boca Raton was still on the market for a mere $35 million. What a steal!
The Doctor Who Room
So you want to travel through time and space, but you don't have the Doctor? Well, you might just be out of luck. But if you want it to feel like you could travel through the big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey...stuff, then JP Fox has designed the room for you! Check out a tour of the home made TARDIS control room here:
While the room clearly doesn't look exactly like any of the TARDIS interiors, you can see where he drew from different models in Doctor Who. The only thing it's missing is the round things. I love the round things. What are the round things? No idea.
The Batman Suite
This is the Batman hotel room at the Eden Hotel in Taiwan. It. Looks. Awesome. Would it be wrong to go to Taiwan just to stay in this room for a bit? Maybe not wrong, but definitely not financially responsible.
This one might not give you the feel of being Batman, probably because Bruce Wayne doesn't have the Batman mythos all over his room. I mean, if I were him I probably would, but that's why I could never pull off having a secret identity.
The only thing that would make this room cooler would be if it had a personal Alfred-like butler. Then maybe I could get more into the Bruce Wayne mindset!
The Tron: Legacy Suite
This cool Tron: Legacy inspired suite is located in Sweden's famous ICEHOTEL. In 2010, two British fans, Ben Rousseau and architect Ian Douglas-Jones, designed and built the 220 square foot room as an instillation for the hotel.
According to an interview with Wired, the creators said:
"We used six tons of ice and 160 meters of low-energy electroluminescent wire," creators Ben Rousseau and Ian Douglas-Jones told Wired.com in an e-mail interview. "The hotel itself comprises 21,500 tons of snow and 900 tons of ice; it will last until April, when it will melt and the snow and ice will return to the Torne River."
It's not quite a how-to video on how I can build this room myself, but if you want to see how the room was built, check out this video:
So, what do you guys think? I know that money can't buy happiness, but apparently it can by a Star Trek themed mansion, so maybe it can get you pretty damn close!