Thoroughly Mid-Century Modern Home With Bomb Shelter/Panic Room

Quiz question for you real estate young’uns: When is a bomb shelter in a house for sale almost as unsurprising as a granite countertop? When that house was built in the 1950s, during the era of the Civil Defense Department propaganda and the Cold War (the Russians weren’t writing New York Times op-eds back then).

But time passes, and spaces get modernized to accord with contemporary mores and concerns. Which is why the bomb shelter was transformed, the listing says, into a “panic room.” Hmm. That is definitely more surprising than a granite countertop.




THE FINE PRINT
Beds: 3
Baths: 3
Square feet: 1,684
Price: $275,000
Listing: 2750 Audubon Rd, Audubon, PA

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  • Beth Colvin

    I am totally in love…. even with the bomb shelter. Cool beds. I would take it as-is, including the furniture.

  • James Cobalt

    WANT. With the furniture of course.

  • NM

    Great looking bomb shelter. Our mid-century modern home came with a bomb shelter made of painted concrete walls with some cavities to put food & water. Plus drop-down “beds” like on trains. The sump-pump is in the “bedroom” and we just use the area for wine storage (we live in Sonoma County).

  • stent00

    OMG! The office could
    Pass as a current ikea offering

  • Nualaan

    We’ve viewed homes with WW2 bomb shelters. In the 1950′s they were still built as “bomb shelters” until the first successful ICBM’s in 1958 when they became “Fallout Shelters” I had never heard the term “Panic Room” prior to the 2002 movie of that name.

  • Ladyzen

    Awesome!!

  • canoeman

    I once worked for the man who built this house
    Everything in the house was custom built
    Even the bricks were mitered
    Can’t believe the asking price