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Real estate to geek out over

comp:000051e66b28:0000000526:51d9 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"> <p>Geek is no longer a negative, four-letter label. <a href="http://www.comic-con.org/" target="_blank">Comic-Con International</a> in San Diego now tops more than 130,000 attendees; computer geeks snatch coveted jobs at the coolest of companies; and with TV channels and websites dedicated to all things geek, the nickname is now a token of cool.</p> <p>Whether you&#8217;re a Harry Potter expert, can understand Chewbacca&#8217;s Wookie language or can debate the nuances of Superman comics, we have something new to geek out over: real estate. These homes have extensive collections, out-there additions and more.</p> <h3>For the &#8216;Star Wars&#8217; Geek</h3> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1332-Queens-Way-Carmel-IN-46032/73240904_zpid/">1332 Queens Way, Carmel, IN</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1332-Queens-Way-Carmel-IN-46032/73240904_zpid/"><img class="wp-image-126687 aligncenter" alt="star wars 2" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/star-wars-2-1ce17f-e1373576571700.jpg" width="534" height="354"/></a></p> <p>You&#8217;ve reached ultimate &#8220;Star Wars&#8221; geek status when your collection has been lent out to the father of &#8220;Star Wars&#8221; — George Lucas. This Indiana home includes a top-to-bottom themed bar, complete with full-size figurines and a mural so lifelike it would confuse Obi-Wan.</p> <h3>For the Superman Geek</h3> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/404-West-St-Harrison-NY-10528/33037166_zpid/">404 West St, Harrison, NY</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/404-West-St-Harrison-NY-10528/33037166_zpid/"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-126683" alt="404 West St Harrison NY" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/404-West-St-Harrison-NY-e8bf94.jpg" width="576" height="432"/></a></p> <p><a href="http://superman.wikia.com/wiki/The_Fortress_of_Solitude">The Fortress of Solitude has been thought to be located in Arctic or floating in outer space</a>, and in one comic, Superman&#8217;s hidden home was in the rain forest. But the true Fortress is located just 30 minutes from Manhattan, designed by a woman who, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904194604576583220469000418.html">according to the Wall Street Journal</a>, based its design off her favorite superhero&#8217;s lair.</p> <h3>For the Batman Geek</h3> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/510-Woodland-Ave-Hinsdale-IL-60521/3894084_zpid/" target="_blank">510 Woodland Ave, Hinsdale, IL</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2012-08-14/holy-pool-batman-illinois-homes-pool-has-bat-symbol/"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-126689" alt="batman-pool-574x430" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/batman-pool-574x430-2941c0-e1373576550431.jpg" width="485" height="321"/></a></p> <p>Holy pool, Batman! Usually the Bat signal is spotted in a dark sky over Gotham City, but in this Illinois home, the symbol is found underwater on the bottom of the pool. <a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2012-08-14/holy-pool-batman-illinois-homes-pool-has-bat-symbol/" target="_blank">The story goes that the homeowners&#8217; son loved Batman</a>, and as a surprise for him, they painted the Bat symbol at the bottom of the pool.</p> <h3>For the Computer Geek</h3> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/300-Santa-Rosa-Dr-Los-Gatos-CA-95032/19748736_zpid/">300 Santa Rosa Dr, Los Gatos, CA</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/300-Santa-Rosa-Dr-Los-Gatos-CA-95032/19748736_zpid/"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-126696" alt="Steve Wozniak's former home" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/Steve-Wozniaks-former-home-ae28b1-e1373579158274.jpg" width="461" height="302"/></a></p> <p>Steve Jobs was the big name behind Apple, but in the very beginning, it was a different Steve — Steve Wozniak — who designed the original Apple 1, the first computer the company began to sell in the 1970s. In addition to designing one of the most iconic personal computers, Wozniak designed a modern home in Los Gatos, CA. Looking for a place to start your own tech revolution? This may be the location.</p> <h3>For the Collector Geek</h3> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/201-Doe-Trl-Morganville-NJ-07751/39305944_zpid/">201 Doe Trl, Morganville, NJ</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/201-Doe-Trl-Morganville-NJ-07751/39305944_zpid/"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-126717" alt="trains_201 Doe Trl Morganville NJ" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/trains_201-Doe-Trl-Morganville-NJ-09cc46.jpg" width="560" height="420"/></a></p> <p>What do you collect? Baseball cards? Model trains? Fancy dolls? How about all three? This New Jersey home has the space — 7,850 square feet — for those collections and more. And if you&#8217;re a fish geek, the house has that covered too, with four built-in aquariums.</p> <h3>For the Book Geek</h3> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/227-Turkey-Dr-Dripping-Springs-TX-78620/2142526891_zpid/" target="_blank">227 Turkey Dr, Dripping Springs, TX</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2012-11-20/house-of-the-week-artist-refuge-in-austin-video/"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-126688" alt="bookcase 2" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/bookcase-2-94e3fc-e1373576746920.jpg" width="295" height="444"/></a></p> <p>Sure, an e-reader makes reading more convenient, but the true literature junkie wants a big, book-filled library. Even better? A book-filled space complete with a pulley seat that makes it easy to access those volumes on the top shelves. The rest of the Austin-area home is just as geek-friendly, with a nook with built-in speakers — designed for listening to music — and a sleeping loft.</p> <h3>For the Space Geek</h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19-Poppy-Hills-Rd-Laguna-Niguel-CA-92677/25565250_zpid/">19 Poppy Hills Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/19-Poppy-Hills-Rd-Laguna-Niguel-CA-92677/25565250_zpid/"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-127047" alt="19 poppy hills rd laguna nigel ca" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/19-poppy-hills-rd-laguna-nigel-ca-8d8cd3-e1373993840955.jpg" width="476" height="382"/></a></p> <p>If you know the solar mass of a black hole, understand the Chandrasekhar limit and can pick out a Bok globule, perhaps this home is for you. The house includes an enormous high-powered telescope, and with the home&#8217;s coastal Southern California location, you&#8217;re bound to have plenty of clear nights perfect for star gazing.</p> <h3>For the Chess Geek</h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/442-Ocean-Forest-Dr-Saint-Augustine-FL-32080/66760236_zpid/">442 Ocean Forest Dr, Saint Augustine, FL</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/442-Ocean-Forest-Dr-Saint-Augustine-FL-32080/66760236_zpid/"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-126686" alt="chess_442 ocean forest dr saint" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/chess_442-ocean-forest-dr-saint-63b068.jpg" width="448" height="298"/></a></p> <p>Get out of the library and practice chess moves on a larger scale at this Florida home. The full set fills the outdoor veranda, and the listing ensures buyers that the pieces do come with the home. During bad weather, a cozy evening with a regular board can be had in the home&#8217;s book-lined office, which also comes with a gas fireplace.</p> <h3>For the Arcade Geek</h3> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3029-Westerly-Dr-Franklin-TN-37067/81336122_zpid/">3029 Westerly Dr., Franklin, TN</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3029-Westerly-Dr-Franklin-TN-37067/81336122_zpid/"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-126685" alt="arcade 3029 westerly dr franklin tn" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/arcade-3029-westerly-dr-franklin-tn-e98074.jpg" width="512" height="341"/></a></p> <p>Let&#8217;s pay homage to the original video game nerds. Before Xbox or the Wii, gamers trekked to the arcade to beat the high score on Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Frogger. Save your quarters and check out this home, which includes several full-size arcade games just waiting for a new champion to add their name to the high-scorers list.</p> <h3>For the Harry Potter Geek</h3> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/119-Crescent-Garden-Dr-Pittsburgh-PA-15235/2129800877_zpid/">119 Crescent Garden Dr, Pittsburgh, PA</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/119-Crescent-Garden-Dr-Pittsburgh-PA-15235/2129800877_zpid/"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-126690" alt="castle 119 crescent garden dr pittsburgh pa" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/castle-119-crescent-garden-dr-pittsburgh-pa-0ee4fe.jpg" width="518" height="384"/></a></p> <p>For the more medieval minded, a Harry Potter-themed bedroom might be in good form. Complete with painted bricks — and is that an owl out the window? — this room is a departure from the rest of the standard, single-family home in Pennsylvania.</p> <h3>For the Tech Geek</h3> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9971-Highcliff-Dr-Santa-Ana-CA-92705/25510980_zpid/">9971 Highcliff Dr, Santa Ana, CA</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9971-Highcliff-Dr-Santa-Ana-CA-92705/25510980_zpid/"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-126684" alt="9971 highcliff dr santa ana ca" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/9971-highcliff-dr-santa-ana-ca-9cfa2c-e1373576674808.jpg" width="313" height="444"/></a></p> <p>If it can be automated and computer-controlled, why not go for it? That seemed to be the philosophy behind this home. The &#8220;Old World&#8221; architecture is paired with &#8220;new technology,&#8221; which includes a complete home automation system controlled by iPhone or iPad, and 26 LED TVs installed throughout the home, including several in bathroom mirrors. A security system in the library is accessed by the owner&#8217;s thumbprint, and the outdoor pool includes an underwater music system as well as solar security.</p> <p><strong>Related: </strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2012-05-22/newly-minted-billionaires-facebook-and-other-tech-titans-homes/">Newly Minted Billionaires: Homes of Tech Titans</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-06-13/house-of-the-week-missile-silo-for-sale/">House of the Week: Missile Silo Home for Sale</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-03-20/house-of-the-week-home-made-from-a-shipping-container/">House of the Week: Home Made From a Shipping Container</a></li> </ul> <p><i><a href="https://plus.google.com/u/1/103345847783680122751/posts?rel=author" target="_blank">Erika Riggs</a>, </i><i>a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work <a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/author/erikariggs/" target="_blank">here</a>. </i></p> </div>
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