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Old Missile Silos for Homes

If you don't actually want to build an underground house, there are other options. One such option that I will show you below is to buy an old nuclear missile silo and convert it into an underground house.

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Old Missile Silo Underground Home
 

Listed below are three different homeowners in three different states who have bought huge decommissioned nuclear missile silos dirt cheap and renovated them into underground mansions.


Underground House from Old Missile Silo


Edward Peden lives in a decommissioned U. S. Airforce nuclear missile base (Atlas E) underground in Kansas. The base cost $25 million to build and he spent $40,000 for the property. He's converted 1/3 of the missile base into a 6,000 square foot underground house. They call their dwelling Subterra Castle.

A 27-ton door to a 3,000 sq. ft. room that used to house an Atlas missile is now his garage door. This underground house was active as a silo during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the early 1960's. See this Edward Peden video and if you want to buy your own missile silo and convert it into an underground house, then Ed has a few more to sell.

A Texas nuclear rocket silo is converted to an underground house. The owner's name is Bruce Townsley. This converted underground house used to hold a nuclear missile that could travel 6,000 miles.

Today, the underground house grows tomatoes in the place where the nuke used to reside. The home has a 75-ton door that seals the underground house out from the world above. The home also uses an array of solar panels to supply energy for the underground dwelling.

Bruce says that one of the main benefits of his home besides the cool décor is that it is a very quiet environment that makes sleeping easy. See the Bruce Townsley video for many more details.


A couple, Don and Charlene Zwonitzer in Nebraska have also converted an old Atlas missile silo into an underground house. Now their dream home is 15,000 sq. ft. and holds a greenhouse.

The former missile bunker was built 20 ft. underground and has 18-inch thick concrete ceiling and walls for maximum protection (enough to withstand a 1 megaton nuclear blast one mile away). Their front door weighs 47-tons and is operated by a 2 horsepower motor that opens and closes it in 3 minutes. Here's the video for the full scoop.


After watching the videos of these converted underground house / former missile silos a few things pop to mind. First, they are very safe and secure. Second, they don't have to be built, but do need to be renovated. Third, the renovations, the owners have done look more artistic and elegant than most above ground homes. Fourth, it is generally pacifists and environmentalists who buy these underground homes in order to make a statement about converting war to peace, saving energy and the environment. And fifth, the prices of the properties are dirt cheap compared to buying much smaller above ground homes.


External Links

Underground Missile Silo Home for Sale -
http://www.zillow.com/blog/2011-12-16/house-of-the-week-missile-silo-home/

Another Underground Missile Silo House for Sale
http://www.today.com/money/sale-decommissioned-missile-silo-40-feet-underground-6C10262995

The U.S. General Services Administration, in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers, announced Wednesday that the public sale by auction of the former Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex is now open. This property consists of five facilities that span 600 acres located in Cavalier, Ramsey, and Walsh Counties, North Dakota. Brokers, as well as other interested parties, are encouraged to view the properties in person during weekly GSA site tours and/or place a bid online.
https://extportal.pbs.gsa.gov/ResourceCenter/PRHomePage/loadProperty.do?propId=22516

 

 

 

 

 



 

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