Star Wars creator George Lucas sues San Anselmo, California and the family who used to own his home to prevent them from claiming ownership of sliver of land bordering his property
- George Lucas is suing San Anselmo, California and the previous owners of his home, over a decades old ‘surveying error’
- The Star Wars creator recently learned a strip of land bordering his home is actually part of a road easement, giving him no legal ownership of the strip
- The filmmaker, 76, filed a lawsuit this week seeking to prevent the town and the family of previous owner, Frances Hamilton, from claiming ownership
The 76-year-old filmmaker has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent both parties from claiming ownership of a strip of land bordering his house after it was revealed to be part of a road easement, the Marin Independent Journal reported.
The revelation means Lucas only has legal access to the piece of land that is actually owned by another landowner.
According to the lawsuit, Lucas purchased the lot – which contains several of his homes – in 2007, decades after it had been sold by Frances Hamilton, who bought it in 1928.
Star Wars creator George Lucas (pictured in 2017) is suing San Anselmo, California and the previous owners of his home, over a decades old ‘surveying error’
Lucas, who owns multiple properties in San Anselmo, is seeking to prevent the town and the previous owners of one of his homes from claiming ownership over a strip of land bordering his home and adjacent to Sequoia Drive (highlighted) after it was revealed to be a road easement
However, due to discrepancies in the deed that have gone uncorrected over the years, Hamilton’s family may have the right to claim legal ownership over the parcel of land adjacent to Sequoia Drive, the paper reported.
The properties on the Sequoia Park subdivision had initially been sold by developer Doherty Co in the early 1900s, when the road had not been retained as an easement or had been offered for public use, according to the lawsuit.
The developer later offered the Sequoia Drive easement to the town in 1921, but it was not accepted.
However when the property was sold to Hamilton years later, the deed did not specify such a boundary and part of the road was included by default, according to the paper.
Lucas, in his lawsuit this week, claimed he recently learned that future deeds of the property did mention the easement after Hamilton sold it.
This means Hamilton’s family could ‘assert some interest in, or cloud on [Lucas’] title to, the land between the parcel’s eastern boundary and the center line of the portion of Sequoia Drive that abuts the parcel,’ court documents state.
Lucas’s attorneys Richard Munzinger and Diego Flores have argued that neither the family nor town have the ‘right, title, estate, lien, or interest’ in the land.
Lucas, known for his Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, is also known for his famed Skywalker Ranch (pictured) located in nearby Nicasio
However, San Anselmo Mayor Brian Colbert last month said the town ‘never accepted the subject land and therefore has no interest in the property,’ the website reported.
The dispute is scheduled to continue during a case management conference on March 24.
The lawsuit follows a previous property dispute involving Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in nearby Nicasio where the film director had built a new vineyard.
Lucas was granted permission for the vineyard located at 3838 Lucas Valley Road, which is just three miles from his remote Skywalker Ranch, in 2019.
The Nicasio Land Owners Association, however, later challenged the approval and asked Lucas to move the vines elsewhere on his property so they can’t be seen from the road.
‘It’s primarily an aesthetic thing but there are some other underlying issues,’ association vice president Stephen Lewis told the Marin Independent Journal.
Apart from the vineyards supposedly being an eyesore, residents said they were also concerned about other negative impacts including noise, traffic and wastewater disposal.
Lucas’ Skywalker Properties and the association later entered into an agreement to try to settle the dispute without having to go to court.