The home features 15,000 square feet of living space—26 feet under the earth in Las Vegas.
If the COVID-19 crisis has got you looking for a retreat, there is a place in Las Vegas you need to see. Las Vegas’s famous underground house is once again for sale, listed at $18 million. Built in the late 1970s, this home has everything you would need to live a life underground, including a swimming pool, putting green, and simulated outdoor space.
The home was built by businessman Jerry Henderson, a pioneer in the underground house movement. The underground space is equipped with magnetic doors, with the goal of being earthquake-proof and bomb-proof. Henderson and his wife Mary lived in the house until his death in 1983, but after he was gone, Mary decided she wanted to live above-ground and then built a house at the surface level.
The 15,000 square-foot space includes two bedrooms, a game room, a dining room, and a '50s-style kitchen complete with pink detailing. The “outdoor space” of the home is decorated with murals of places the Hendersons lived, including Colorado, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. It took the artist that painted the murals three years to complete them, and she stayed in the casita the whole time. The lighting changes to mimic the time of the day, and you can enjoy backyard comforts including an in-ground swimming pool, six-hole putting green, and barbecue grill.
The living space of the home is spacious 6,000 square feet, along with an 800 square-foot caretaker casita. The walls in the master bedroom and bathroom are lined with pink silk wallpaper chosen by Henderson’s wife. The home has a formal dining room, game room with bar, and larger entertainment room that could be used as a home theater room. There is also a family room area complete with a fake fireplace.
If you’re planning to shelter in this home during the apocalypse, you’re going to have to make some renovations. The house is heated and cooled by two air conditioning units and relies on the power grid. The current owners, the Society for the Preservation of Near Extinct Species, purchased the property in 2014 for $1.4 million. They said they have spent around a million dollars on renovations to the property, including hiring artists to touch up the murals.
The $18 million sale price includes the house at surface level, one acre of land, and one year’s worth of upkeep and caretaker service. The house is listed for sale by Stephan LaForge of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Nevada Properties.
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