Rare decommissioned missile silo hits the market

The property descends 10 stories below ground and can withstand a nuclear blast
January 18, 2015 05:00PM

Jim Moore, a real estate agent in Roswell, N.M., usually markets ranch-style homes. But recently he snagged a much more eye-catching listing: a 25-acre parcel with a decommissioned missile silo asking just $295,000.

The fixer-upper, certainly appeals to a niche category of buyers/doomsday preppers. But the property has already attracted scores of potential buyers – one of whom has already signed a contract, taking it off the market for the moment, according to the New York Times.

The silo was built at the height of the Cold War to house an Atlas-F missile, a warhead over 100 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

What remains today is a 10-story subterranean lair capable of withstanding a nuclear blast.

“I’ve had a lot of calls, a lot of promises,” Moore told the Times, adding that he has had more than a half-dozen people express serious interest. “They’d love to have it, but it seems like they lack the money.” {NYT]Christopher Cameron