The safest house in America might be a sprawling 36,000 square-foot compound outside Atlanta. And it’s a bargain at $14.7 million. Built to last 1,000 years and to withstand every type of attack, the eight-bedroom, 15-bathroom house cost $30 million to construct and was reduced from its original list price of $17.5 million. Now in his 80s, the seller had the idea for this home since childhood and planned to leave it to his son. However, the son decided he didn’t want to live there so the owner has put it on the market before all the final touches are in place
… The walls, built to withstand machine gunfire, are made of wood-frame construction reinforced with rebar and concrete. Braided copper wires wrap around the wood framing to make the building safe from lightning strikes.
… It includes a 15,000-square-foot concrete-fortified bunker deep within the main building with multiple concealed entrances.
… Interior and exterior doors throughout the house have three layers of Kevlar so they can withstand ballistic attacks, and a system of chromalloy pins that extend from the door’s edge in to the frame provide more than one locking mechanism for each entryway.
… Should intruders make their way to the inner chambers of the house, they would still be vulnerable to a defense system called Man Traps.
… These discreetly placed nozzles can release stored gases that could incapacitate the person, or at least use harmless gases to obscure the visibility in the room so someone can’t escape.
… An observation tower with remote window control oversees the property. It comes with a glass floor and secret spiral staircase entry so residents can see enemies coming and make a quick getaway.
… The home has all the requirements for living off the grid — including water, electricity, heating, and a pantry big enough to hold a three-year supply of food.
Three ells at a depth of more than 1,000 feet provide access to fresh water. A huge storage tank acts as a place to store water for long term.
… If the main electric grid fails, power can come from solar panels or two underground whole-house generators. The generators are stored in Kevlar-fortified bunkers. To accommodate the smoke that would rise from the generators, decorative shafts were built above ground near the outdoor fireplace to direct the smoke away from the house.