A house on the market in Las Vegas offers many amenities with just one significant catch. The two-bedroom, three-bathroom home is buried 26 feet underground, underneath a two-story house a few miles east of the famed Las Vegas Strip.
The underground home, which has a four-hole putting green, a swimming pool, a couple of jacuzzis, a sauna, a dance floor with a small stage, a bar, a barbecue and huge murals of rural, tranquil settings, was built in the 1970s to give people a place to safely retreat if the Soviets wiped out humanity with a nuclear missile strike, according to Vegas Inc.
The original owner, entrepreneur Girard B. “Jerry” Henderson, feared a nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War. While others built fallout shelters, he reportedly wanted to live underground full time.
MSN reports that the 15,200-square-foot basement yard and 5,000-square-foot dream home lie below an aboveground two story house. There are also light switches labeled "sunset," "day," "dusk" and "night."
Seaway Bank and Trust Co., which is based in Chicago, foreclosed on the house last summer. The previous owner bought the home and the two-story house above it in 2005 for $2 million, according to Clark County records. Seaway wants to sell it for $1.7 million.
About a dozen prospective buyers have reportedly toured the site since last summer, including one man who flew in from Hawaii just to see it. He wanted to buy it with other investors and make it a paid tourist attraction.
“I don’t think his partners went for it,” said listing agent Winston King, of Kingly Properties.
The home is a time capsule, with 1970s-era appliances, pink kitchen trim, green carpet for “grass,” and pink carpet, walls and drapes in the master bedroom and bathroom. Even the toilet is pink.
The house also has a laundry room, a full kitchen, a fireplace, a generator, fake trees, fake flowers, two elevators, fire alarm bells, smoke detectors, an intercom system and several large pantries.