If you’re a fan of TNG, and happen to have around $6 million lying around, do we have a house for you.
If you’re shopping for the Star Trek fan who has everything, here’s one way to boldly go where few trekkers have gone before: real estate. A home that played a crucial role in a Season 3 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation is up for sale at a cool $5.7 million.
Designed by California architect Ellis Gelman for his own use, the house is featured in the Next Generation episode “The Survivors.” In it, the crew of the U.S.S Enterprise tries to understand what has happened to Kevin and Rishon Uxbridge, botanists from Earth who appear to be the sole survivors of some kind of plant-wide devastation.
At the risk of spoiling a 29-year-old piece of television, let’s just say that all is not as it seems with the Uxbridges.
During the episode, Chief Engineer Geordi LaFordge calls the house “a typical settlement structure.” In reality, the real estate listing for the Malibu, California home describes something much different. The property has “4 eclectic bedrooms, 3.5 baths, media/family room with kitchenette, loft, 440+ sq ft ocean view terrace with glass railing ideal for indoor/outdoor entertaining, lavender and rose garden, all on over 2 acres.“
The most distinctive aspect of the home is its triangular shape. On his website, Gelman describes a philosophical approach based in believing that “architects can provide environments which responsibly provide for physical needs and at the same time increase the awareness and wonder of being.”
For the cast and crew of The Next Generation, getting to shoot at the home back in the ’80s was a highlight. “It made not only the audience but the crew happy ” Les Landu, the episode’s director, reportedly said in Captains’ Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages. “When you’re tied to shooting indoors every day, it gets monotonous. We were lucky enough to go out to Malibu and we had a beautiful summer day. I think it was unique story for Star Trek and one of my best works to date.”