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Quirky Outer Sunset ‘Star Trek’ house battle heads to probate court

Quirky Outer Sunset ‘Star Trek’ house battle heads to probate court
Image: @therealjamestkirk via Instagram
By Joe Kukura - Published on December 07, 2021.

A gentleman whose actual name is James T. Kirk has, according to Laughing Squid, turned his household “into a replica of the USS Enterprise bridge.” That’s just part of the fun, as that site adds “Kirk also built a miniature golf course, an Egyptian collection, a Rebel Base, a tiki hut, and a giant ping pong table. More importantly, Kirk has opened his home to anyone in the community who needs it in an effort to preserve the magic of San Francisco.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by James Kirk (@therealjamestkirk)

 

But that magic may be set to stun. SFGate reports that the Star Trek house, unofficially named the Starship House, is embroiled in an ownership battle that could see the place sold off, and its quirky sci-fi spirit could be dismantled at warp speed.

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by James Kirk (@therealjamestkirk)

 

“The entire house is one piece of art,” Kirk told SFGate. “To dismantle it would be like taking the Mona Lisa and ripping it up into little pieces.” 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by James Kirk (@therealjamestkirk)

 

The issue here is an ownership dispute, as the house belonged to Kirk’s mother, who passed away three years ago and did not leave a will. So the house is currently co-owned by Kirk and two siblings, who all own a third of it on paper. The two siblings want to sell, Kirk does not.

 

The house is listed on several real estate websites as being for sale, as seen in the video above, the property is being shown by realtors — with its windmills, circus props, and Starship Enterprise replica all fully visible.

 

Kirk and his community are banding together to buy the house outright, and have raised more than half of their goal through a GoFundMe campaign. While the house is listed for $1.05 million, far less than the GoFundMe goal, Kirks tells SFGate that he’s qualified for a loan. 

 

 

According to a Facebook post from California state treasurer Fiona Ma, the case was scheduled to be heard in probate court Tuesday morning (Dec. 7) at 9 a.m. Hoodline has reached out to “Captain” Kirk to learn the status of the case, and we’ll update this post with any developments.