Invincible Space Lair for sale

A nuke-proof space observation station in Carmel Valley, Ca., is up for sale. The asking price: $2,950,000. Able to take a 5 megaton blast, the Jamesburg Earth Station was built in the 1960s and was the first to receive live images from the moon during 1969's Apollo landing. Also included in the deal is 160 acres of land, an 11-storey antenna able to broadcast worldwide, a helipad, and a 3-bedroom home. [KSBW]


  1. * Note: 5-megaton blasts may cause severe damage to organic lifeforms within a 30 mile radius.  Seller makes no warranty as to the survivability of any non-structural elements of the property during thermonuclear detonations.  Seller accepts no responsibility for any incidental immolation or vaporization that buyer or buyer’s guests may experience.

    1. It’s hard to find a place with nice sharks with frickin’ laser beams that isn’t on self-destruct countdown.

    1. Sounds like a good deal, too bad it’s not in Carmel proper.

      And I bet getting broadband there is a challenge- it’s probably too far away from a telephone central office for DSL and why would a cable company want to dig cable all the way there?

      Oh well, it still would be too long of a commute for me.

      edit: okay, if it was built as a telephone relay link, maybe you can get DSL there. But I wouldn’t count on it.

      And here’s their sale page:

  2. They were supposed to give me time to make a counter-counter-offer before going public with the listing!
    I think I’ll look for a place in the UK instead.

  3. Built in the ’60’s, by the gubmint. Prolly chock fulla asbestos and lead… well it would have to have lots of lead, but you know what I mean.

  4. Hmm, I don’t know.  It can only take a 5 megaton blast.  I would need something that can take at least a 6 megaton blast.

  5. Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the potential of the Force.

  6. The article has a few points wrong. The station was built as a relay link for telephone calls by COMSAT/AT&T, not the government.  It shut down in 2002 when trans-oceanic fiber optic links became cheaper than maintaining satellite relays.  

     Those of you who read the Puzzle Palace may recall this location as being the reason the NSA built a satellite receiving station at Point Sur.  COMSAT’s satellite beam was wide enough that the NSA could intercept transmissions without needing access to the physical site.

  7. check your facts, Rob.  This station was not the first to receive live images of the moon landing.  Read the station’s website before posting an article next time

    1. “Jamesburg Earth Station was the first to receive live images from the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969″

      I’m sure their article might be wrong, but I don’t really give a toss, because it’s still an invincible space lair.

  8. Reality check: the closest thing to an original source that I can find is the owner, who has been trying to offload it for some time now. (I don’t want to be too hard on the guy–he wanted to get rid of the place after his son died–but an above-ground facility being able to survive a 5-meg hit just sounds more like hyperbole to me.)

  9. I think this is it:

    36°24’11.19″ N 121°38’47.36″ W

    In Google Earth if you look at the timeline for the imaging of the site taken on 6/6/2002 it sure looks like the saucer tilts.

  10. i’d rather the boingboing cyber commune purchase huell howser’s volcano house, however, despite my immense displeasure and better judgement, i have dispensed five dollars via paypal to support the new collective fund for this particular secret lair.  all i ask is that if the bid wins, i will be allowed to sleep one night on the bearskin rug at the foot of the master’s bed.  it is not much to request.

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