Here at Yahoo! Homes, we've run stories about homes for the apocalyptic-minded before -- including, most recently, a nuclear-proof bunker for sale on eBay. But never have we shown you a video tour of a decommissioned missile site, let alone a bunker that has been converted into living space.
This, uh, durable abode in Saranac, N.Y., in Adirondack State Park includes a launch-control-center-slash-living-space that extends 40 feet underground, plus a 180-foot-deep unfinished Atlas F missile silo, plus an airstrip. Charmingly, owner Bruce Francisco asserts that the possibilities for that missile shaft are endless: "Think of a skyscraper," he urges, perhaps including a hydroponic paradise or a data storage center.
Before the early 1990s, when the owners began cleaning up the site, only a small concrete entrance existed above-ground. Since then, the owners have built a nearly 2,000-square-foot house around the entrance. As WPTZ-TV reporter David Schneider puts it: "mountain retreat above, apocalyptic shelter below." The walls underground are 3-foot-thick reinforced concrete, built to withstand a direct nuclear blast. The doors that separate the bunker from the outside world weigh more than a ton.
Drooling yet? Well, guess what: It's for sale. It'll set you back a mere $750,000, and that includes 20 acres of land and use of the runway. You can check out the listing on Yahoo! Homes if you don't believe us.
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