ICBM silo and air park for sale


Please note that as soon as Dean approves the capital expense, Happy Mutants World Headquarters will move from our unmarked island to this Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Silo and air park now for sale in New York's Adirondacks. The new list price is just $750,000! From Sotheby's:

 51O 0508 The Atlas-F missile sites were activated in 1961, and after a short operational period, were decommissioned in 1965. These sites were the first of the "super hardened" missile silos, built to withstand a 200 pound per square inch blast. Atlas F (structure only) construction costs range from $14 million to $18 million dollars each in 1960’s dollars. Today that would equate to nearly $140 million dollars using a Consumer Price Index (CPI) calculator to adjust for inflation.

The missile silo is a huge structure 52 ft. inside diameter and approximately 176 feet deep. Access is from a 40 foot tunnel with 3 blast doors leading from the Launch Control Center (LCC). The Missile Silo has 2 overhead 90 ton doors that can often be reopened. There were originally 7 floor levels inside the silo, however app, 2/3 of the F silos have been salvaged out and only bare walls remain. Multiple levels could be rebuilt in the silo. A deck built in the silo would provide almost 2,000 sq. ft. of floor-space.

"Adirondack Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Silo air park Saranac, NY" (Thanks, Gabe Adiv!)


      1. Depends on the kind of zombie.  The shamblers from “Night of the Living Dead” maybe. . .  but the cagey ones from “I am Legend”?  Maybe not.

        There really ought to be official ratings.

        1. Those weren’t zombies in “I am Legend”. Even still, this would be a great place to make a last stand.

      2. Just be sure to have plenty of diesel fuel on hand for the generators; that place is programmed to blow itself up in the event of total power failure.

  1. They’re being boinged.  Just check back tomorrow.
    A place like that would be incredibly cool to live in and remodel.  Even if you didn’t turn the silo into floor space, you could clean it out and have a mega wine cellar.  Or art space.  Or anything you want.  Someday…

  2. “The Missile Silo has 2 overhead 90 ton doors that can often be reopened.”

    Is it just me, or is there something ominous about the use of the word ‘often’? And would this slight uncertainty about opening apply to any of the other massive blast-resistant doors that constitute the only means of egress from your new $750,000 concrete-lined bijou deathtrap residence?

    1. To be fair, the silo “roof” doors are very large and very heavy. They don’t want to promise they’ll work when it may require a lot of time/money to get them operational. The man-sized doors are nowhere near as massive and complex as the silo doors.

      1. Although with a house like this, it could be socially acceptable to have an ejection system for unwanted guests.

        1. I think once you live in a nuclear missile silo just about anything you do becomes socially acceptable.  People are a lot more permissive when they think you’re 10 seconds away from going all War Games on them.

    1. I remember seeing it for a lot more than this price. If it halves a few more times, I’ll pick it up. 10% of current offering would be perfect.

      1. 10% of current offering would cost less than my 1 bed/1 bath bungalow, and it’s only hardened against chemical and biological attacks.

  3. I’ve wanted this place for years!  Back in pre-recession times, it was nearly 3 million if memory serves.  I used to fantasize about winning the lottery and retiring to my secret headquarters in the Adirondacks. 

  4. It’s near Plattsburgh NY.  It’s remote.  Like wayyyy remote.  I live up near there, in VT, and there aren’t any jobs here.  If you already have millions, you have no worries and are probably buying nice properties on the ocean in warm cheap places like the Caribbean, not expensive missile silos in the middle of nowhere New England.

    And if you already own a missile silo in the middle of the Dacs, you probably maxed out your credit cards to finance the remodel and are laid off now and need to sell that damn albatross.

    OK, my big missile silo fantasy is over now.  Oh well.

    (oh, and I can already see the reply: “Upstate New York ISN’T NEW ENGLAND!” pffff. Tell that to the plaid shirted cheddar cheese maple syrup eating yahoos with mufflerless Subarus.)

    1. Hey!  I’m a plaid shirted cheddar cheese maple syrup eating yahoo from Upstate NY.  Don’t be hatin’.  And, yes, the muffler on my Echo is starting to fail.

  5. Buyer beware. There’s that old saying amongst silo owners – the 2 happiest days of your life as a silo owner are the day you buy it, and the day you sell it.

    1. Or the day you buy it and the day the world ends in a hurricane of nuclear fire!

      Though… I guess you wouldn’t really be HAPPY on that day.  You’d be thankful you thought ahead, sure, but it’d probably be a pretty sad day in general.

  6. Silos are incredibly dangerous, and have an unfortunate tendency to explode. Oh, wait, this is a missile silo, not a grain silo? Should be fine.

  7. The latest Judge John Hodgman podcast featured a couple who may be quite interested in this, as an alternative to their plans for fortifying the local Walmart against post-apocalyptic marauders.

  8. This is a STEAL — a few years ago, it was going for more than twice the current price.

    Okay, maybe not “going for” — they were asking for more than twice the current price.

    I still want it.

    And still can’t afford it.

  9. How many can it house after the inevitable collapse of society? If we all chip in we can save ourselves a spot . Although there should be a compatibility test I suppose. Who shale we eliminate?

    1. How many can it house after the inevitable collapse of society?

      The first two who show up. Just like any survival shelter with limited supplies and a lockable door.

  10. We went from liquid fuel to solid fuel missiles. Liquid had a long countdown. The Russians were stuck with liquid for a long time. If solid fuel had a crack instead of a launch you’d have a massive explosion. I don’t know what the lifetime of a solid fuel pack was or how many you could expect to work after so many years in a silo. I did hear that after a failed static test pieces of the missile were found embedded in trees many miles away.
    I had applied for a job at a static test site but the position got pulled. Two years later I read a newspaper account of how many died at the very place I would have worked. Took several days to shake the chill.

  11. Here’s hoping it’s been deleted from the Russian ICBM targeting database … Or is that something the real estate agent deals with these days?

  12. The scary part is, with mortgage rates so low, I could almost afford that. Bit of a commute from SF though…

  13. It’s like the first Andromeda Strain movie. Just put a USDA sign out front and secret broom-closet elevator to go down to the lower levels, but be sure to remove the red flashing Pokemon lights.

    1. It’s like the first Andromeda Strain movie. Just put a USDA sign out front and secret broom-closet elevator to go down to the lower levels, but be sure to remove the red flashing Pokemon lights.

      What’s that joke? A drunk, a baby and an asphyxiating monkey walk into an underground silo…

  14. Hate to be a crepe-hanger, but this is the perfect habitat for Resident Evil zombies.

    (You’ll be sitting by the fireplace in the lower level, and the warm brain smell will waft up through the vents.)

    I’ll pass.

  15. I always wonder: how many of these silos are currently still in use by the government for ultra-super-double-dog-top-secret stuff?

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