SiloHome: Cold War Era Missile Silo Transformed into Luxurious Underground House in Upstate New York

by , 03/19/13
filed under: Architecture,Upstate NY

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Located on 19 forested acres in Saranac, New York, the home appears to be a serene mountain escape at first glance. The “surface home” is an open 1,800 square foot lodge with hardwood floors, a wrap-around porch and ample skylights that fill the home with sunlight. Exposed beams, glass curtains,  and a private airstrip make the mountain house an already coveted property.

But below the surface, two additional levels of luxury living are also accessible with a touch of a keypad. The super-secure Launch Control Center has been converted into a suite of luxury living. Blast doors lead down to a 125 foot stairwell, which accesses the subterranean space with a kitchen, dining room, entertainment room, three bedrooms and deluxe Jacuzzi bathroom. Even further down, two blast doors lead to the actual missile silo, which stretches down nine floors, or 185 feet, below the surface. The tunnel is 50 feet in diameter, and was built to withstand a nuclear attack.

The unique 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom property, which took over 20 years to renovate, was sold by Gibbons and Francisco for $750,000, and provides the luxury client with a home that is just as safe as it is unique.

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  1. Qld_ker June 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm
    I LOVE this home!! What an amazing feat of engineering. The transformation of something fairly useless into a sustainable housing solution is fantastic. With 20 years dedicated to the project, and such a cleverly understated home above the surface - wow! Well done guys, I am in awe. I have a couple hundred acre property in Australia that I will be using this as inspiration to achieve a similar outcome. Brilliant.
  2. RE wonk March 26, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    I don't understand why Inhabitat thinks this property is newsworthy. It's just some super-big, super-expensive property with a weird architecture on a weird site. I thought Inhabitat was supposed to be about green and clean???
  3. BlueOak March 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    Very cool facility - would love to explore it. But "paranoia?" I think not since the location is no longer secret. A key value of this place would have been its hidden location. Here it is on Google maps - took 3 minutes to find: or if you don't trust the short version of the Google link:,+NY&ll=44.601423,-73.850763&spn=0.012238,0.01929&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&hnear=Saranac,+Clinton,+New+York&t=h&z=16