Yesterday while inspecting a little bungalow in Northern Virginia, I ran across a bonus room - a bomb shelter!
Pulling up to this little bungalow, highly fenced, electronic gate with camera, speaker and key pad, and cameras all over the house and property, I was impressed by many things!
First, you aren't anywhere near this house without being watched by at least three cameras!
Second, it looks like a house right out of Versailles! Or there abouts.
On the disappointing side, there was only garage space for 8 cars, but I digress.
You know the seller and my client, the buyer. You know of them anyway. Both are prominent people who are very much into security and self preservation.
The house has all the bells and whistles, and is quite large.
One thing I liked very much was the small media room because they have it decorated, intentionally, with Washington Redskin colors!
It only has three levels and individual seating for twelve, but still, I liked the colors! It's probably fun to watch a game there!
There are two closets in the front.
Usually that means one is for DVD storage and the other for the electronic equipment.
The closet on the left is for storage, and LOTS of it! But the electronics are elsewhere.
The closet on the right was most interesting. You can see into it on the top photo. Here I opened the door slightly to give you a tease.
It is, in fact, a bomb shelter! And more!
I have never before run into such an elaborate place!
It is essentially a big safe. But it can be opened from outside or in.
And it is self contained. It is loaded with beds, food, water, medical supplies, hygiene stuff, clothing - it is ready at a moment's notice.
There is special ventilation, communication and the ability to hear what is going on inside the house. It is surrounded with very re-inforced, 4' thick concrete all around.
In the event of a war or disastrous bomb, it would house people for some time! And probably safely!
It also provides a place for the family to run and hide, and be protected, if the house was invaded or under siege for any reason. Closing the closet door might actually hide the fact that the room is there.
They even had the builder present for my inspection in case I had any questions. And I had a bunch about this room! Counting the ceramic floor tiles the room looks to be 22'x16'. So it's not a small space!
My recommendation: sometimes on inspections you run into things you have never seen before. Ask questions! And have some fun! And given where I live and many of the clients I serve, you have to know this isn't the only house with this rare feature!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560