Last week, I took a look at the Tetra Shed, a prefabricated “modern garden office” from the U.K. that I also thought would also make for an ideal place of refuge during the holidays when you’ve been all but forced out of your home by
besetting visiting houseguests (‘tis the season for familial annoyances!).
Well, for those of you who have the urge to really get away, Bruce Wayne-style, during the high season of interloping relatives (or during the impending zombie apocalypse but same difference, really), here’s a hot property for you: a chateau-style four-bedroom home located at the tippy-top of New York near the Quebec border in Adirondack State Park that can all be yours for $750,000. Full of warm, woodsy charm and located pretty much in the middle of nowhere, the home offers peace and quiet in spades. Oh, and I suppose I should mention that part of the home is underground, built into a decommissioned Atlas-F intercontinental ballistic missile silo.
In the past, I’ve featured plenty of homes that make use of abandoned, non-residential structures (water towers galore!) through the magic of conversion but this is certainly the first nuclear missile silo home that I’ve come across.
Set on 19 wooded acres near the town of Saranac (home to outdoor recreation opportunities aplenty and truly excellent Shirley Temple sodas), this “unparalleled 3,900-square-foot subterranean luxury estate with Cold War flair” includes a rather unassuming-looking, 1,800-square-foot home built above super-deluxe, super-secretive living quarters accessed by descending a 125-foot staircase accessible through a keypad-entry door. This spacious, two-story underground lair, located in what was once the Launch Control Center, is built from three-inch concrete and steel mesh and features a kitchen, dining room, entertainment room, and marble-lined bathrooms outfitted with Jacuzzi tubs. Fancy! Plus, there's an escape hatch leading to the above-ground garage.
Beyond that, through a pair of 2,000-pound blast doors and across a 50-foot tunnel, is the actual missile silo, a nine-level cylindrical structure that reaches 185-feet below the earth’s surface. And yes, the silo is built to withstand nuclear attack … and your mother-in-law’s unsolicited relationship advice.
The property, converted in the span of over 20 years by two enterprising cousins, also features a private airplane landing strip in the event that hiding out from pesky relatives, marauding zombies, and other unsavory types hundreds of feet underground just doesn’t cut it and you need to make a quick, but not-really-inconspicuous getaway.