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02/08/2013 06:03 pm ET Updated Apr 10, 2013

Want to Buy a Bomb Shelter?

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During the Cold War, bomb shelters were frequently found in American basements and backyards. However, when the hysteria following the Cuban Missile Crisis wore off, few homes were built with them. In the years since, many of these bomb shelters were converted into wine cellars, storm shelters, or storage rooms, so people may not even know what the room's original intent was. On occasion, homes with bomb shelters appear among the hundreds of thousands of real estate listings on Estately, most frequently in homes for sale in Texas, California, and Washington State -- a complete list of Estately real estate listings with bomb shelters can be found at the bottom of this article.

Fair Oaks, Calif. -- $195,000

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While fear of a Soviet nuclear attack has waned, American security fears have not. In the past decade, a growing number of so-called "doomsday preppers" and other survivalists have begun building fortified shelters to protect against meteor strikes, extreme weather, global pandemics, nuclear war, political upheaval natural disasters, economic collapse, alien invasions, generally anarchy, a zombie apocalypse, the end of days, and other doomsday scenarios that are too many to count. The growing market for survival shelters and other provisions is fast becoming big business. Dozens of companies have popped up that construct and install survival shelters, and this popularity could even create a niche market for homes with old bomb shelters.

Hillsborough, Calif. -- $12,000,000

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While secure underground shelters are increasingly common, enthusiasts don't typically advertise if they have one. Companies building and installing these bunkers often do their work quickly or in secret, per the request of the home owner. Photographs of fallout shelters, panic rooms, and disaster bunkers rarely appear in real estate listings for homes that have them. The images in this article are are all that could be found from the hundreds of thousands of homes currently for sale on Estately.

Fair Oaks, Calif. -- $399,950

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Arlington, Wa. -- $254,900

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La Marque, Texas -- $92,500

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While the images of these underground bunkers are few, there are a good number of homes out there with some form of bomb shelter or survival shelter. Here is the complete list of homes for sale on Estately that include mention a shelter of some kind in the listings...

California
  1. Los Angeles, Calif. -- $925,000
  2. Ventura, CA--$425,000
  3. Riverside, Calif. -- $375,000
  4. Westminster, Calif. -- $380,000
  5. La Puente, CA--$185,000
  6. Laguna Beach, Calif. -- $9,695,000
  7. Fair Oaks, Calif. -- $399,950
  8. San Bernardino, Calif. -- $180,000
  9. Fair Oaks, Calif. --$195,000
Florida
  1. Clermont, Fla. --$225,000
  2. Deland, Fla. --$134,900
  3. Leesburg, Fla. -- $324,900
Maryland
  1. Port Deposit, Md. -- $284,900
  2. Oregon
  3. Gresham, Ore. -- $145,000
New Jersey
  1. Burlington, N.J. -- $124,900
  2. Williamstown, N.J. -- $199,890
North Carolina
  1. Lincolnton, N.C. -- $76,000
  2. Durham, N.C. -- $159,900
  3. Mount Airy, N.C. -- $135,000
Pennsylvania
  1. Phoenixville, Pa. -- $215,000
  2. Drexel Hill, Pa. -- $225,000
Texas
  1. Abilene, TX--$83,500
  2. Dallas, Texas -- $519,000
  3. Eagle Lake, Texas -- $72,000
  4. La Marque, Texas -- $92,500
  5. Kurgerville, Texas -- $210,000
Virginia
  1. Orange, Va. -- $174,000
Washington
  1. Arlington, Wash. -- $254,900
  2. Seattle, Wash. -- $699,990
  3. Buckley, Wash. -- $399,000
  4. Olympia, Wash. -- $185,000

The growing market for survival shelters and other provisions is fast becoming big business. Dozens of companies have popped up that construct and install survival shelters, and this popularity could even create a niche market for homes with old bomb shelters.

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