With the coronavirus pandemic putting us all in a closed state, many people fantasize about having the perfect embrasure to get out of the storm.
A relic from a previous crisis may be just the place.
A Las Vegas home designed in the 1970s as a luxury five-bedroom nuclear bunker with lawns, patios, pool and even a waterfall is on the market this week, for a cool $ 18 million.
Avon’s cosmetics director, Girard Henderson, built the spectacular ‘Doomsday Mansion’ in 1978, when millions of Americans feared their country was on the brink of nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
While in itself a desirable home, the real selling point of Henderson’s 5,000-square-foot house is that it’s built underground in a 15,000-square-foot bunker of steel-reinforced concrete.
The traditional-style home has the best decor and design the 1970s had to offer, and running an international cosmetics empire meant Henderson had enough money to pay for what his heart wanted.
He wanted luxury and a safe underground lifestyle that would give him and his family something very close to their carefree above-ground life.
The interior is still decorated with a well-designed 1970s kitchen, a great room with beamed ceilings, a large stone fireplace and sliding glass doors that open to the faux outside lawn and views.
There are multiple conversation rooms, a game room with two bars and a movie room – a rarity in the 1970s.
The master suite has vaulted ceilings and a hidden TV console at the foot of the bed that pops out of the closet for viewing with the touch of a remote.
There are five bedrooms and six elegant baths to keep a family or group of friends comfortably and socially away from the rest of humanity for weeks. There is also a generator and 1000 gallon water tank.
The most dramatic and stunning element of the house is the ‘outdoor space’. Lined with artificial grass, dotted with different types of trees, a swimming pool, fountain, a barbecue disguised as a boulder and long-distance views.
The house’s “windows” offer varied views from mountains, valleys, wildlife forests and even a jetliner view of Las Vegas – all cleverly hand-painted murals with lighting that automatically changes from early morning to afternoon to evening and evening.
For anyone who experiences cabin fever during the Covid-19 lockdown, lives in the comfort of a home with lots of games, swimming and has the space to invite (non-contagious) friends, it could be the perfect place to to break the 2020 pandemic and have fun.
For sale in Las Vegas, it is an underground home that can be easily converted into an amazing pandemic hideaway.
The $ 18 million (£ 14 million) price tag includes all furniture and a year of concierge and maintenance. Stephan LaForge in the St. Rose Branch of Berkshire Hathaway in Las Vegas keeps the list.
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