If you're hoping to snag an ultra-secure underground luxury condo equipped to make it through the apocalypse, join the waiting list. An abandoned missile-silo-turned-housing-complex in Kansas with eight $2 million units has sold out.
Developer Larry Hall has been remodeling the Cold War-era Atlas-F missile silo in north-central Kansas for the last several years. He made the conversion "to have a safe place for the increasing number of threats that are occurring," Hall said. One unit is finished, and the other seven are expected to be completed within the next few months.
The lucky owners of these residences will get to ride out the apocalypse in style. Each 1,820-square-foot condo is encased in epoxy-hardened walls (to guard against nuclear attacks and earthquakes) and has access to its own off-grid electricity. They also come equipped with stainless steel GE appliances, Kohler bath fixtures, a Jacuzzi and an LED big-screen TV. Feeling walled in, being up to 200 feet underground? The units come with "'simulated view' windows" that give you an artificial view of the outdoors, with changing light levels based on the time of day.
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Besides the eight residential floors, the 15-floor work-in-progress will also include a full-size pool, a spa, a fitness room, a library and a movie theater. The site also has its own state-of-the-art hydroponic and aquaculture center, providing organic produce and fish. And don't worry about zombies: The silo has a military-grade security system.
If all this sounds enticing, sorry about your luck. According to the condo website, there is already a waiting list in case one of the units opens up.
For all the house porn addicts, mind-blowing price tags, tens of thousands of square feet and double staircases are enough to satisfy their cravings for residential eye candy. At some point, however, those staples of grandeur might lose their luster. And if that sad day does arrive, they'll be left wondering what went wrong.
But house oglers shouldn't despair: As it turns out, there's a whole other world of rich, eye-pleasing properties that can rekindle the magic: conversions. And we're not just referring to your regular old office-to-co-op conversions -- we're talking much bigger stuff -- missile silos, nuclear plants, churches, to name a few.
Click through our gallery to see some of the most offbeat, quirky conversions around.
This conversion may not be a home, but we're making an exception because, come on -- how can you give the short shrift to an amusement park that's been constructed out of a nuclear plant? Giving a 1 million pound reactor quite the makeover, Wunderland theme park is in Kalkar, Germany, and features hotel rooms, bars, amusement park rides and restaurants.
Touted as the world's most sophisticated nuclear plant, construction on the reactor began in 1972. But Chernobyl was a huge buzz, and prompted public outcry noisy enough to halt its construction. It sat dormant until a Dutch businessman snatched it up and transformed it into an entertainment complex that sees 600,000 visitors a year.
Built in 1892, this home was the "Ships of the Sea Museum" until it underwent a full-blown makeover that transformed it into a luxury home. The home offers stunning views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
The home has an elevator that lifts you up through three stories brimming with "custom finishes and fine craftsmanship," according to the listing. You can also use the home's winding glass staircase if you want a little exercise.
How about that! Apparently, a residence in Soest, Utrecht, Netherlands rests inside the sturdy shell of a what used to be a water tower. By the looks of a blueprint of the tower we found on TreeHugger.com, the structure has 7 floors.
Location: Carmel Valley, Calif.
Price: $2.95 million
Sq. Ft.: 21,718
With Armageddon just around the corner (according to the Mayans), house hunters may want to start thinking about how to ride out all that impending fire and brimstone. This converted 10-story satellite dish built to withstand a five-megaton nuclear hit is one option.