Home is where the heart is, and sometimes that includes an elaborate bunker built 26 feet underground.
A house in Las Vegas unofficially tops the list of weird home decor and additions with its secret bunker. From the street, it looks like a modest, mundane two-story home, but it’s hiding an elaborate 15,000-square-foot paradise below.
Late homeowner Jerry Henderson built the house in the 1970s and, as a pioneer of “underground living,” wanted to add a bunker that would be comfortable enough to live in.
During the Cold War era, it was common for people to be concerned about the threat of nuclear war. Thus, Henderson made sure the bunker came complete with artificial trees, faux rocks and other life-like scenery to make escaping the apocalypse a little more comfortable.
The lights can be adjusted to imitate different times of the day and night and the bunker supplies pretty much every leisurely activity Henderson could think of: a four-hole putting green, two hot tubs, a sauna, a dance floor, a bar, a barbecue and a swimming pool.
The main part of the house has two bedrooms and three bathrooms — I guess in case Henderson wanted to invite some friends to ride out the rest of human civilization with him.
Today, the house is a popular tourist attraction, and the decor has been preserved to reflect the time period during which Henderson built it, although there are some modern updates. The bunker is totally air conditioned and has cellphone reception, cable and internet.
Twitter, though, didn’t appear to see the charm in Henderson’s unusual creation.
“This gives me so much anxiety and I’m not even there,” one person commented.
“Does anyone else get claustrophobic or is it just me?” another added.
“I had to stop thinking about it because I was having a hard time breathing,” someone else replied.
Luckily enough for fans of the design, the house — doomsday bunker and all — are listed for a cool $18 million.
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