This Michigan mansion for sale is hiding a secret

This Michigan mansion for sale is hiding a secret

It has all the trappings of a luxury country estate that even the pickiest homebuyer could wish for, but there are a few unexpected extras that really set this Michigan property apart from other high-end homes on the market. Now on offer for $6.5 million (£4.75m), the doomsday-ready compound is built to offer protection should disaster strike, with a video surveillance security system throughout, a nine-acre private lake and its own underground bunker that can comfortably hold 20 people.

The current owner is renowned Scientologist and drug rehabilitation centre owner, Per Wickstrom. He began building the compound in 2013 and over the next five years developed the grounds to include a 20-person bunker, in preparation for a natural disaster or nuclear war (or indeed, a global pandemic). According to local news site WBCK, Wickstrom is selling the property whilst going through a divorce with wife Svetlana, pictured.

Once inside discover open-plan living; with high ceilings, large windows, sliding doors and decked verandas that provide unspoiled views out across the Deep Lake and beyond, without another person to be seen for miles. Within the 8,364-square-foot indoor living areas, you will find a total of five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and three half bathrooms. 

Across the main floor, you’ll find the open-plan living areas, illuminated via large windows, recessed spot lighting and chandeliers. This light and airy space connects the family, dining and kitchen areas to the outdoors via sliding doors.

In the kitchen, you will find many high-end appliances, including a Sub Zero refrigerator, a six-burner Thermador range/griddle, a Thermador dishwasher, a Miele built-in coffee system, a KitchenAid built-in microwave, custom cabinetry and quartz countertops. Conveniently, a Whirlpool washer and dryer can also be found on every level.

Painted in camouflage and concealed beneath six inches of steel, this huge bunker hides in plain sight within the compound. The 5,000-square-foot underground shelter has an air purification system, solar-power and is connected to running water and electricity, so inhabitants can survive doomsday for months.

This interior grow room can sustain a group of up to 20 doomsday preppers, complete with overhead lightboxes to cultivate fresh produce for self-sufficiency should it become impossible to go outside.

Constructed and installed by Rising S Bunkers from Texas, the shelter has not one but two fully functioning kitchens, where you could cook up a post-apocalyptic feast from all the grow-room produce you’ve lovingly cultivated.

The solar-powered steel bunker even comes with a shooting range, presumably to prep for impending attacks by zombies, or simply to practice your aim and dispel some inevitable cabin fever.

You may not realise this, but the compound comes with three extra homes. Here we have the Guest House, located at 10257 Crase Road. Originally built in 1971, this single storey 962-square-foot house was remodelled in 2017 and features natural gas, air conditioning, a backup generator and a surveillance system for the surrounding grounds.

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