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Prepper Paradise: Mid-Century Texas Home Comes With a Fallout Shelter

Prepper Paradise: Mid-Century Texas Home Comes With a Fallout Shelter

Built in 1959, this home has everything you need to live the good life—even after a nuclear apocalypse.

Listed for $ 1.2 million, the 2,547-square-foot Atomic Ranch in West Lake Hills, TX, is a “rare find for any Mid-Century Modern enthusiast,” says listing agent Derrik Davis.

What makes it rare? Well, the three-bedroom home comes with a fallout shelter in the backyard.

Originally built for a retired U.S. Air Force corporal and his wife, the home has the hallmark Mid-Century Modern flourishes you expect, but the true bonus is out back.

“During the Cuban missile crisis the owner must have gotten a little paranoid and had his builder construct this fallout shelter in the backyard,” Davis says.

The limestone shelter has everything you’d need to survive the day after—and a couple of weeks after that—including provisions, a transistor radio, a Geiger counter, and a periscope for checking out the postapocalyptic landscape. There’s even a little décor.

“There is this ominous map of Texas on the wall with San Antonio and Houston highlighted,” Davis says, “I guess the owner thought with NASA in Houston and the military base in San Antonio that would be where the bomb would drop.”

But no bomb dropped (thankfully!), so the original owner sealed off the shelter, which is how it remained until the current owners unearthed it.

“It is a literal time capsule,” Davis says.

Once you’re done inspecting the survival rations of the past in the backyard, you can head to the front porch for a great view of today. The home sits five miles outside of downtown Austin, on a hill canopied by oak trees, giving you a view of the Texas Capitol and the University of Texas.

The home’s interior is also a portal back to the Atomic Age. You’ll see a modest entryway enclosed in beveled glass, and plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows. The slanted roof also serves as the focal point for the main living spaces.

Most of the features in the home are original, including the wood paneling. “The house was kept in immaculate condition,” Davis says. The current owners added some upgrades, though, including travertine flooring and extra cabinet space in the kitchen.

So, who’s ready to learn to love the atomic bomb from the comfort of their own home?

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