Abandoned Nuclear Missile Complex in Arizona For Sale $400,000

Craig Bowman
A deactivated Titan II nuclear ICMB is seen in it's silo. GETTY.

Have you thought about buying a missile complex, I mean a new home, but looked at the row upon row of little boxes that constitute modern housing complexes with horror?

Would you like to consider something way off in the left-field, a real fixer-upper but a property that would prompt discussion or years to come?

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

Well, look no further than a decommissioned Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile silo located in the middle of the Arizona Desert and being sold by www.realtyexecutives.com

Imagine the discussion around the dinner table when you tell your guests that your home once stood ready to hurl explosives equivalent to nine million tons of TNT at America’s enemies!

Titan II missile complex diagram.
Titan II missile complex diagram.

The silo that you have renovated into an impressive home once housed a Titan II missile. This powerful missile came into service in 1963 and could fly to anywhere in the northern hemisphere but was typically targeted at Russia and China.

Missile hatch. Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Missile hatch. Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

The Titan II carried one enormous warhead with thermonuclear capability equivalent to nine megatons or nine million tons of TNT.

To give some idea of how massive the Titan’s explosive capacity was, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima was the equivalent of sixteen thousand megatons.

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

The Titan II was the first ICBM that was housed in silos spread all across the United States.

Some of these silos were built near Tucson, in Arizona and now the US military has commissioned Realty Executives Tucson Elite to sell the silo with the price listed at US$395,000.

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

 

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

 

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

The property extends just over twelve acres and comes fenced and gated, with a barbed-wire fence around the entire area.

The majority of the silo lies underground, and there is a ladder that descends into what used to be the Launch Control Complex (LCC), which boasts walls, floors, and a roof that are five feet thick of reinforced concrete.

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

 

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

 

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

This complex was where the four-man crew that manned the silo lived and worked. The crew consisted of the Missile Combat Crew Commander, his Deputy, a Ballistic Missile Analyst Technician, and the Missile Facilities Technician.

The living space covers an area of several thousand square feet. It has no electricity, water or sewerage of any nature.

Deciding how to incorporate the silo itself into your home may pose more than a few architectural challenges.

The LCC is stripped right back to the bare walls, and the metal components are rusty, but the area is clean and ready for remodeling. All the utilities were removed as part of the decommissioning process.

Still, the fact that there was a septic system and a well for water means that these could be reintroduced by the new owner.

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

The entire silo is located underground, which may pose a few issues for those that are claustrophobic, but, on the plus side, it will undoubtedly help with climate control.

Heating and cooling costs should be low, but plans will have to be made to ensure air is pumped to all levels in the home.

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

 

Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography
Casey James / Luxe Realty Photography

The area is a little remote. Still, the listing indicates that it is a 20-minute drive into Tucson, so the property is not too far from civilization.

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For the buyer looking for the unusual or for the adventurous property owner, this silo could be the answer to their prayers.