Skywalker Ranch

The selectable images and aerial photographs within this page illustrate data related to Skywalker Ranch. Skywalker Ranch is a movie ranch and workplace of film director and producer George Lucas located in a secluded, yet open area near Nicasio, California, in Marin County. The ranch is located on Lucas Valley Road, although Lucas is not related to the road's namesake, who was a turn-of-the-century landowner in the area. The Ranch is not open to the public and keeps a low profile from the road. A gated road leads to the ranch.

Overview

Assembled parcel by parcel since September 1978, Skywalker Ranch has cost Lucas up to US$100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Lucasfilm acquired 3,000 acres (12 km²) of adjoining land for a total of over 4,700 acres (19 km²). Only 15 acres (60,000 m²) have been developed. The residents of the area have for 25 years fought his plan to build a larger studio on the property, citing light and noise pollution.

The Ranch contains a barn with animals, vineyards, a garden with fruits and vegetables used in the on-site restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center with racquetball courts, the man-made "Lake Ewok," a hilltop observatory, a 300-seat theater called "The Stag" as well as multiple theater screening rooms, and parking that is mostly concealed underground to preserve the natural landscape. Skywalker Sound was moved onto the ranch in 1987, now occupying the Technical Building. The Main House has a company research library under a stained-glass dome. Skywalker Ranch has its own fire station, which is part of the Marin County Mutual Aid system, and is often called on to assist firefighters in nearby Marinwood.

Skywalker Ranch is intended to be more of a "filmmaker's retreat" than a headquarters for Lucas's business operations. The headquarters of Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and LucasArts are located in Lucas's Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio of San Francisco. Lucas does not live on the Ranch.

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Nearby Lucas properties

Big Rock Ranch

Big Rock Ranch is a later Lucasfilm development in Marin county at 3800 Lucas Valley Road adjacent to Skywalker Ranch. The county's planning commission approved this facility in September 1996 and construction was completed in August 2002. However in November 2004, Lucas announced that the 250 employees of the ranch were to be moved to the Letterman Digital Arts Center.

The ranch comprises 1061 acres (4.3 km²), of which 43 acres (17 hectares) are developed with 317,000 sq ft (29,500 m²) of office space. Before the move to the Presidio in 2005, Big Rock Ranch housed the marketing, licensing, distribution and online divisions of Lucasfilm. it was the headquarters of the animation division and the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

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Close places of interest

Lucas Valley (1.43 km)

Lucas Valley is a valley in Marin County, California, drained by Nicasio Creek. Lucas Valley Road traverses the length of the valley, linking it to Gallinas Valley to the east and Nicasio Valley to the west. According to the United States Geological Survey, the suburban developments along Miller Creek (including the Lucas Valley-Marinwood CDP) are actually in Gallinas Valley. History Lucas Valley was part of San Pedro Santa Margarita y las Gallinas grant, a parcel of awarded to Timothy Murphy on February 14, 1844.

KDX54 (3.42 km)

KDX54 (sometimes referred to as Big Rock Ridge All Hazards) is a NOAA Weather Radio station that serves Big Rock Ridge, California and vicinity including some parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is programmed from the National Weather Service forecast office in Monterey, California with its transmitter located in North San Francisco Bay. It broadcasts weather and hazard information for the following counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Alameda, and Sonoma.

Woodacre, California (5.47 km)

Woodacre is an unincorporated town and census-designated place (CDP) located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California. Woodacre is located south-southwest of Novato, and 8 miles northwest of San Rafael; the nearest incorporated town is Fairfax, 4 miles east-southeast. Woodacre has the highest base elevation in Marin County, of 364 feet (111 m). The population was 1,348 at the 2010 census. Geography Woodacre is located at . According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of, all of it land.

San Geronimo, California (5.69 km)

San Geronimo (formerly, Nicasio) is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California in the United States. San Geronimo is located southwest of downtown Novato, at an elevation of 292 feet (89 m). The population was 446 at the 2010 census. Geography San Geronimo is located at . According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of, all of it land. History Prior to 1877, the place was called Nicasio. The San Geronimo post office opened in 1895, closed in 1910, and re-opened in 1911.

Novato meteorite (5.72 km)

The Novato meteorite (name pending) is an ordinary chondrite which entered the earth's atmosphere and broke up at 19:44 Pacific time on 17 October 2012. The fireball created sonic booms and fragmented. The first fragment of the meteorite (N01) was recovered by Lisa Webber on 20 October after reading a story in the San Francisco Chronicle that described the NASA/CAMS meteor trajectory predicting a fall area in the North Bay. Lisa recalled hearing a sound on her roof the night of the meteor and went outside and located a 62 gram stone. Analysis of fragment N01 by Dr.

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