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Gorgeous Luxury Home Has A Weird Hidden Feature: It’s All Underground

Stephan LaForge

Do you love the great outdoors? Do you find yourself stepping outside for a breath of fresh air, even in the dead of winter? Does it give you a thrill to see wild critters frolicking in your backyard?

If you answered "no" to all of these questions, we have the perfect house for you.

A short drive from the Las Vegas strip, there’s a luxury home with a very low profile looking for a new owner.

Underground mansion
Not impressed yet? You will be.Stephan LaForge

It features 15,000 square feet and is listed at $18 million. The big catch? The whole house is nearly 30 feet underground.

The bunker at 3970 Spencer Street is the creation of Avon executive Girard Henderson, a dedicated enthusiast of underground living who designed his subterranean pad to look like a typical above-ground home.

Underground mansion
Colored lights cycle from day to night in this underground mansion.Stephan LaForge

Henderson argued that underground living was healthier and used less energy, especially when it comes to air conditioning. He promoted his theory with a special exhibit at the World’s Fair in 1964, and lived in his Vegas bunker between 1978 and 1983.

Faux grass in the backyard, phony windows, and even an artificial sky all add to the illusion. The scenery changes from day to night hour by hour, with artificial stars appearing on the ceiling as dusk settles in and a glow-in-the-dark cityscape painted onto the walls.

Cityscape
Painted walls create the illusion of mountain views.Stephan LaForge
Deer
Friendly "backyard" deer that don't eat from your garden.Stephan LaForge

While there’s a small house above ground (built by Henderson's wife after his death), the key features are all in the lower level. Down there, you’ll find five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a kitchen, living room, wet bar, billiard room, putting green, and pool.

Kitchen
Parts of the home, like the kitchen, are stuck in the '70s.Stephan LaForge
Mural
Fake windows add to the illusion of natural scenery.Stephan LaForge

There’s even a separate underground guest house with its own kitchenette.

Since it was put on the market last month, the pad has attracted a lot of attention, even becoming Realtor.com’s most-viewed home.

Patio
Fake grass makes a convincing outdoor patio.Stephan LaForge
Record player
A record player hidden in this boulder is one of the kookier touches.Stephan LaForge

But while people want to look inside the home, so far no qualified buyers have made an offer.

Disco floor
The outdoor disco floor was a mistake, even in the 1970s.Stephan LaForge

The last time the home was up for sale, it changed hands for just $1.15 million, but agent Stephan LaForge says the $17 million jump is about one thing: location, location, location.

The lot may not have much curb appeal right now, but a new owner looking to build their dream home could do a lot with the property.

[H/T: Today, Money]

Would you consider living in an underground mansion like this?

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