5 Unreal Subterranean Houses in the USA
- Apr 19, 2016
Although it might seem like a step backwards in human evolution, many people in the USA—and across the world—are choosing to live in cave-like dwellings and subterranean homes. It might seem spooky and reclusive at first, but after seeing this list of exotic and innovative underground homes, you’re sure to gain a new perspective. Let’s take a look.
1. Festus, Missouri
Nestled in the ancient sandstone of Festus, Missouri, this 15 000 square ft. home brings living in a cave to new heights—or perhaps depths. With modern living spaces and natural geothermal heating, it’s a much more comfortable stay than you might think! Prior to its repurposing as a family residence by Curt and Deborah Sleeper, the cave was used as a roller skate rink and a concert venue—attracting the likes of such artists as Ted Nugent, Bob Seger and Tina Turner.
2. Atlantic Beach, Florida
This so-called “Dune House” in Atlantic Beach Florida was designed by acclaimed architect William Morgan. Responsible for designing other notable buildings such as the Florida State Museum of Natural History and the Florida Hilltop House, Morgan originally built the Dune House as a vacation rental. After drawing considerable attention from architectural enthusiasts around the world, the home was purchased in 2012 by financial executive William Drew for $900, 000.
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
If you drove by the foreclosed two-bedroom house on 3970 Spencer St. in Las Vegas, you wouldn’t think twice about what might be situated beneath. And that’s the point. This elaborate blast shelter was built during the Cold War and features an extensive list of amenities including Jacuzzis, a heated pool, a four-hole putting course and a built-in lighting system simulating morning, night and dusk. In 2014, the bunker was purchased off the Seaway Bank and Trust Co for 1.15 million by an enigmatic group called the “Society for the Preservation of Near Extinct Species.”
4. Saranac, New York
Situated in the Adirondack State Park in Saranac New York, this subterranean living space had a past life as a missile control center at an Atlas-F launch facility. And as such, it’s designed to withstand a direct nuclear blast. Co-owner and builder Bruce Francisco bought the property in the early 1990’s and built an 1800 square ft. house on top with internal access to the underground space.
5. Bisbee, Arizona
Although it might look like a desert shack from the outside, this 3000 square ft. cave dwelling offers all the usual creature comforts across its luxury kitchen, dining room and 2 bedrooms. Temperature variations are intense at 5,300 feet of elevation but not inside this unique cavern. The yellow granite that envelops this home keeps the living space between 66 and 73 degrees naturally. In 2012 this subterranean house went on the market for $1.5 million.