If you’re used to seeing the dreary, claustrophobic bomb shelters in movies, you’ll be blown away by this luxury underground bunker home in Las Vegas. Built in the 1970s by a wealthy businessman, the retro-fabulous subterranean home was meant to keep the owner and his wife safe in the event of a nuclear attack.
When the home was built, there were very few clues above ground as to its existence. If you managed to glance behind the right boulder and found the door, you would then travel 26 feet underground to a fascinating false world. A “yard” surrounds a two-bedroom house and a one-bedroom guest house. Fake trees, boulders and plants add to the creepily realistic subterranean world.
Unlike those bleak movie bomb shelters, this one offers luxuries that most of us don’t even get to enjoy above ground. Two hot tubs, a heated pool, sauna, bar, dance floor and putting course are built into this odd home’s underground environment. In fact, the original owners didn’t wait for the air raid sirens to go off before enjoying the bunker: they are said to have lived underground full-time.
A 360-degree mural painted around the perimeter of the bunker contributes to the illusion of being outdoors. A grill hidden inside a fake boulder (which vents to ground level through a nearby hollow tree) even let the residents feel as though they were having a good old-fashioned cookout. A two-bedroom guest house was eventually added and is now the only way to enter the underground home.
This hilariously kitschy subterranean bunker home recently went back up for sale. Via Forbes:
“The house near Flamingo Road was recently listed by Stephan M-LaForge at Berkshire Hathaway for $18 million, and judging by the photos seems to be stuck in time from the 1970s. Bizarre furnishings and decorations fill the home with a country cabin meets suburban housemaker vibe. Although the pink kitchen trim, pink toilets, green fake grass carpets could hardly be considered traditional. Collectors from the 70s will appreciate the built-in appliances including a wall toaster as well as the quirky features like a boulder encased BBQ.”