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A $5.5 million movie-themed mansion in Carmel, Indiana

It’s not what most people would expect or could afford in the middle of America’s heartland. But if you’ve got $5.5 million, you can buy a palatial movie-themed mansion in Money’s Best Place to Live.

  • Hoosier happiness

    Just a few miles outside of Indianapolis is a home worthy of George Lucas or perhaps a big Chicago high roller. The owners of this three-story, three-acre Carmel giant, on sale for $5.5 million, sought to build an entertainer’s paradise in the affluent Queens Manor neighborhood, and they started from the ground up.

  • Welcome inside

    Step through the front doors into the 25,000-sq.-ft. ballroom, frosted in marble from floor to ceiling. Drop your jacket at the electronic coat rack rotisserie and head up to the black catwalk that runs across the room. You could climb one of two staircases, but why knock yourself out when there’s a glass elevator? The opulent hall (which cost $3.5 million alone) has already hosted hundreds of partygoers at soirees and fundraisers.

  • May the force be with you

    The lower floor of the home is a fantastical getaway for adults, with two fully stocked theme bars: one based on Star Wars, the other on Prohibition-era Chicago. “I don’t think this house is about needs,” says Jimmy Dulin, the home’s listing agent. “I think this house is really more about wants.” The Star Wars bar features original prop and set pieces, as well as replicas of Darth Vader, Yoda and a carbonite-sealed Han Solo. But before you launch into hyperdrive, the racy underground of 1930s Chicago is just steps away.

  • Seven come eleven

    Feeling lucky? Roll like a wiseguy in the Windy City while playing roulette, craps, blackjack or poker in a replica casino. Just be careful not to step on some mug’s toes while cutting a rug on the dance floor. Artist Rick Homayer lived in the lower level for a whole year during construction to create the custom murals. The pieces are insured for $1.5 million, adding more value to the house. But since most of the artwork is too big to fit through a doorway, it’s there to stay. Much of the home’s furniture is also custom-made.

  • It's showtime

    The cinema-buff owners built a home theater system to deliver the ultimate viewing experience. The room seats 20 people in front of a 100-inch screen. Life-size replicas of the creatures from Alien and Predator standing nearby get you even closer to the action.

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