Here’s your chance to own an underground house that “looks like something out of a James Bond movie,” according to listing broker Greg Maiser, from Re / Max.
The shelter of the earth in Princeton, MA, on the market for $ 600,000, seems to be disappearing into the landscape.
From radiant underfloor heating throughout the concrete home to solid wood sliding doors that open to a spacious kitchen, this energy efficient home has luxury amenities. Budding secret agents could approve its location, tucked away in a private driveway on 11.59-acre wooded land.
Inside, the vast concrete and glass structure offers an elegant living environment and modern amenities.
Built in 2005, the three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home has natural cooling in the summer, with the huge earthen berms helping to maintain the heat in the colder months.
“The living room has a clear span of 30 feet wide, enough room to serve as a banquet, dance hall or secret evil genius lab,” the list notes, ironically.
Although the 2,760 square foot concrete house is surrounded by earth, there is plenty of natural light provided by the 8 foot skylights and glass walls. Insulated for efficiency, these windows offer a breathtaking view of the magnificent natural setting.
Maiser vouched for the devious sunshine in the underground house.
“People called it a bunker, but there are a lot of windows and a bright space inside,” he says. “You can sit and have a coffee and watch the deer and turkeys pass through the glass walls. Heating and air conditioning here are very affordable.
“The couple who now own it are the second owner of the property,” Maiser adds. “When they originally bought it, they stumbled upon it and it was a staple for them because they believe life is short.”
Whether short or long, life is best lived when surrounded by the comforts of creatures. And this underground lair keeps its promises.
“The kitchen has double wall ovens, as well as stainless steel cabinetry under granite counters with wood cabinetry above,” Maiser notes. “There is a gas stove and a Sub-Zero refrigerator as well as central air conditioning with ducts under the floor. The house also has radiant hot water on the floor to keep your feet warm during the winter, and there is also a high end Viessman boiler. Even the four-car garage is heated and you can enter it directly.
There is also an opportunity for a new owner to subdivide the spacious property, if privacy is not a primary concern.
“It’s on 11.5 acres and there’s a 4-acre portion that could be cut into one or two building lots, but the last two owners bought it specifically for seclusion,” Maiser notes.
Who does Maiser think will be the next lucky owner of the house?
“Someone who is looking for something great and also very unique,” he says. “We had two or three screenings every night during the week. A house like this very rarely comes on the market. This is truly a once in a lifetime property.