You may not see these properties for sale in your local paper, but apparently there's a booming business in converting Cold War-era missile silos into fashionable, subterranean homes. At the forefront of this movement are Edward and Dianna Peden
, who run the company 20th Century Castles
(hosted at the aptly named Missilebases.com) from their "underground offices," and help put defunct missile complexes into the hands of interested buyers -- over 49 so far.
After building their own home from the super-hardened concrete husk of an Atlas-E launch site, the Peden's decided to help others who shared their dream of living in a place that could withstand multi-megaton blasts. Looking at the specs on the properties, it's easy to see the appeal: huge amounts of floor space, ample land as part of the deal, easy heating and cooling, and the James Bond appeal of living in a secret underground lair. The site also touts the unique, collectibility of these properties as well. They claim that due to the provisions of international treaties sites decomissioned after 1965 are being imploded, making these properties exceedingly rare.