Kansas is probably not the place to go looking for a castle first, but you shouldn’t miss this gem.
Only 40 km west of Topeka, this unique structure is mostly hidden underground. Ed and Dianna Peden bought this Atlas E nuclear weapons silo from the Cold War and have renovated it over the past 33 years to an underground mansion and castle that they rented out on Airbnb for years.
Now the Pedens hope for simplification and downsizing. That’s why they hired friend and property manager Matthew Fulkerson to sell this unusual house. Fulkerson, who also married on the property, has lived and worked at Pedens for 10 years.
Owning this overhauled missile silo is a one-time opportunity with an entry price of $ 3.2 million. These photos show the amazing renovation that took over three decades.
The couple spent 33 years transforming this nuclear war rocket silo from the Cold War period into a so-called “Subterra Castle”.
Matthew FulkersonThe 18,000 subterranean mansion is “turnkey”, which means it can be bought and moved in without additional work.
Matthew FulkersonThe property is a great haven from the rest of the world and is situated on 34 acres outside of Topeka, Kansas …
Matthew Fulkerson … with an 8-foot security fence around the property and two lookout towers.
Matthew Fulkerson There are even 47-ton explosion doors.
Matthew Fulkerson’s underground entrance tunnels were preserved from the time of the accommodation as a missile silo.
Matthew FulkersonSome parts of the property, like the old rocket bay, still look like the space was used while others were completely renovated.
Matthew FulkersonThe castle has several entertainment centers and furniture can be purchased along with the property.
Matthew FulkersonCozy decor and soft lighting could almost make you forget that you are underground.
Matthew FulkersonThese 150-foot tunnels lead to the original launch console …
Matthew Fulkerson … who is still in its original place.
Matthew Fulkerson With masonry and some lights, even the industrial tunnels blend in with the aesthetics of the underground house.
Matthew FulkersonThe Pedens say that they worked to make the room “cozy”, not an easy task for an essentially huge underground cave, but the property has some homey charms.
Matthew Fulkerson The 3,500 square meter room even has a stage.
Matthew Fulkerson In addition to the massive underground space, the property also has an above-ground living space.
Matthew Fulkerson There is also a greenhouse above ground that is powered by solar energy.
Matthew FulkersonThe castle has two sets of four solar panels that, together with a diesel generator, help power the property.
Matthew Fulkerson To top it off, the castle even has a hot tub.
The property is offered for sale by the owner. Interested buyers can contact Matthew Fulkerson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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