FORT PIERCE, Fla. - If you are looked for the ultimate man cave, there is a fixer-upper in Florida that is 7,000-square feet of prime, underground ... bomb shelter.
Next to the Florida Turnpike, a sign north of Fort Pierce, might make you pause.
"You have a cold war era atomic bomb shelter that was built after the Cuban missile crisis," Hoyt Murphy, a realtor, said.
Built by AT&T in the 1960s, it was meant in the event of the "The Big Event" to house five men for 30 days to keep the lines of communication open. There are industrial springs everywhere, even in the lone bathroom, to minimize the effects of a blast.
"In my 30 years, this is the most unique property we've ever had for sale," Murphy said.
Let's say you buy this fixer-upper and you still have a bunker mentality. You need food, right? Well, you've got a head start. Sugar, baking powder, milk solids, bacon dices - which you should consume at your own risk.
Now to get to the belly of the beast of this bomb shelter, you have to come through a thick, concrete passageway, and you uncover these two massive air intake tunnels.
In the event of radiation, the tunnels would be closed off and carbon filters would activate. The price tag is $499,000. Yes, there's been interest.
"Week or so ago, we had some preppers from South Florida Survivalist Group but probably the more practical use we've had is things such as antique car storage," Murphy said.
In the event the bomb shelter is sold, the new buyer will have to work with county commissioners to make sure the property is zoned for what the new owner is trying to do.
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