This Crazy Underground House in Las Vegas Is for Sale

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Bungalow at Underground Shelter

What Happens in Vegas Stays ... Underground?

Ever wanted your very own fallout shelter? Well, now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has put his nuclear forces on high alert — the first time that's happened since the end of the Cold War — the idea might seem a little less laughable. If you have $5.9 million to spare, there's one on the market in Las Vegas, and it even comes with its own underground pool, "yard" and more. Built in the mid '70s by businessman Girard "Jerry" Henderson for his family, the property looks normal from the outside, but what's inside is anything but. Here's an in-depth look at what might just be the nation's oddest home.

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Above-ground home

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

The above-ground house, not far from the Vegas Strip, appears to be your typical suburban-style spread, complete with palms and a Spanish-tiled roof. But inside, instead of a living room, you'll find a hallway leading to an elevator that will whisk you to the fallout shelter 26 feet below. According to the home's caretaker, Mark Voelker, the above-ground house is about 2,500 square feet, but the underground space is 15,000 square feet. 

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Bar Below Ground

A Party Below Ground

Vegas has plenty of places to let loose, but how many of them are below ground? The main underground house has a lounge area, a bar, a dining area, two ensuite bedrooms, and an additional guest bath. There's also a 700-square-foot guest cottage with one bedroom and one bathroom, perfect for waiting out a nuclear apocalypse with your meddling mother-in-law. 

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Underground House
Pool Table

Amusements Galore

In addition to the pool and putting green, there are two hot tubs, a sauna, a dance floor, a bar, a barbecue, and a billiards table. After all, nuclear warfare is no reason to be bored.

Fallout Shelter

Artificial Trees

Henderson, who sponsored the Underground Home exhibit at the New York World's Fair in 1964, went to great lengths to make the shelter feel like a normal home. Not only are there artificial trees and fake rocks in the "yard," the lights can be adjusted to imitate different times of day and night, and there are even twinkling stars on the ceiling.

Dance Floor Underground Shelter

Time to Dance

The starry sky may not be real, but there's a disco ball, a dance floor, and — ahem — two stripper poles. If you squint, you can almost convince yourself you're dancing outside. Almost.

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Animals, Sort of...

Henderson added murals, many of them featuring wildlife, to recreate places where he had traveled in real life.

Fountain at Underground Shelter

Birdless Bath

While the "outdoor" areas in the underground shelter don't attract real wildlife, the fountain adds a certain charm, doesn't it?

Kitchen in Underground House

Cooking Up Color

Inside, the kitchen appliances may be dated, and the white and pink cabinetry is certainly an acquired taste, but the commitment to the Pepto-inspired color theme is impressive.

High Ceilings in Underground Shelter

High in the Sky

One way the home was made to feel less like, well, a fallout shelter: The addition of high ceilings in many rooms. 

Fireplace in Underground Shelter

Don't Start a Fire

That fireplace looks nice and cozy, but don't get too carried away — after all, there's no place for smoke to go. On the bright side, if you do start a fire, there are 1,000 gallons of emergency water stored on site, to say nothing of the water in the pool.

Dining Room Underground Shelter

Extra Dining

While the below-ground main house only has two bedrooms (the cottage and above-ground house make up the rest), it has plenty of space for entertaining. Want to invite some friends for a dinner party they'll never forget?

Fallout Shelter

Vegas History

The property, currently owned by the nonprofit Stasis Foundation, has become a unique setting for film, video, and fashion shoots. One film featuring models dressed in Miu Miu is definitely worth watching.