The "Safest Home In America" Is Back On The Market

Tyler Durden's picture

A simmering nuclear crisis, series of devastating natural disasters and a resurgence of drug-fueled crime are inspiring more Americans than ever before to buy up “doomsday prepper” gear – everything from gas masks to fallout shelters – a trend that we’ve observed time and time again.

While most Americans will need to settle for a small backyard bunker stocked with canned goods and water filters because of cost constraints, anybody looking for something slightly more stylish need look no further: A home in the Atlanta suburbs that has been described by architects as “the safest home in America” just hit the market – and it can be yours for the bargain price of $15 million.

The home, known as Rice House, is located inside a gated community in Alpharetta, Georgia, about 30 minutes northeast of central Atlanta.

The cream-colored, colonnaded facade of the Rice House, situated on 3.5 acres just outside Atlanta, hides far more than a private theater, bowling alley, and infinity swimming pool.


The master and guest bedrooms have ballistic doors that can withstand fire from an AK-47 assault rifle. The car vault is large enough to hold 30 vehicles and has an entrance designed to be concealed by a waterfall. Secret doors lead to a 15,000-square-foot bunker  in which an embattled owner could conceivably hole up for years, with off-grid power and water drawn from three artesian wells drilled 1,000 feet into the ground. The house had its own security architect who spent two decades designing secure buildings for the DOJ.


Listing materials boast that it is “one of, if not the, safest home in America.”


“This is a home where you could put a $20 million painting on the wall and sleep comfortably at night,” said listing broker Paul Wegener, of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. “The same goes for your family.”

The unnamed entrepreneur who owns Rice House spent six years and some $30 million to build the 36,000-square-foot fortress – a project that Bloomberg claims was “mostly for kicks.”

“He said to me, ‘If anyone wants to get me, they can find me at Chick-fil-A,’” the real-estate agent tasked with selling the home said. “It was something of an intellectual exercise to create an impenetrable home, a personal Batcave that the owner could peel his Bugatti Veyron out of.”

The home was just relisted for $14.7 million, a drop from the original $17.5 million. The estate also needs to be finished, a project that cost an additional $3 million to $5 million. The owner planned the Rice House as a family legacy, but decided to sell when he learned his son didn’t want to live there. The main house has been completely built, with eight bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, three kitchens, a private museum, a wine cellar, an indoor shooting range, and commercial-grade elevators.

“The mandate was the best of everything,” Wegener said. To construct the foundation, workers dug down to bedrock and then bored down into it. The walls are made from extra-strength concrete reinforced with rebar. The car vault originally was designed with 18 columns, but the owner pushed back until engineers figured out a way to use custom-made bridge beams, so no pillars would be needed to support the ceiling. The Rice House is highly energy-efficient, with geothermal heating and cooling and a solar energy system.

Though it’s not included in the listing—to maintain that hush-hush feel—the Rice House is in Country Club of the South, a location popular among athletes and other famous individuals. Retired Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine, Usher, Whitney Houston, and NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson have all lived there. The neighborhood has 19 tennis courts, an 18-hole, golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, basketball courts, a concert venue—and, of course, 24-hour security.

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Enceladus's picture

Whitney Houston ?  That is an exclusive neighborhood 

813kml's picture

People are dying to live there.

City_Of_Champyinz's picture

For fucks sake I read about this a full week ago.  Everyone knows where it is this shit is so far from secure it is laughable.

Oracle of Kypseli's picture

All you need is to find the air intakes and gas them if someone wants to harm you. And yes! Chick- fillet is a good place to get killed as the owner admitted.

Rapunzal's picture

Only if you look like a chick.

Shinebama's picture

Not if you disguise yourself as a cow when you go in.

Freddie's picture

30 minutes from Atlanta?  Whenthe EBT cards go down or the SHTF - good luck.

I can think of loads of places in Colo, WY, Idaho or other places wherethe neighbors have dogs and scoped .308 on acreage.  No zombies are getting close. 

The east coast prepper areas like Tenn high plateau may be better because the west coast and even rockies make still be getting fukishima dust.  Fuki may end up wiping out the planet. 

LightBulb18's picture

good for A police force, A drug dealer broker serving the atlanta market, or A training camp for A mercenary war lord, there will be many economies doing business even after the collapse.

Archibald Buttle's picture

or the head of amazon's new HQ2 to hunker down in, temporarily.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

"...I told her I didn't and went off to sleep in the bath"

ReasonForLife's picture

Fear is the prison of your mind from which no home can save you, since it can just as easily keep you stuck inside like it would prevent someone from getting in.  The fear needs to be eliminated from the mind.

HRH Feant2's picture

Imagine all the people that show up in that neighborhood every single day for their job!

The housecleaners, the organizers, the private chefs, the drivers and detailers, the landscapers, the pool maintenance crew, the nanny and masseuse and hair dressers and your exercise person.

It must take a fricken army of people to maintain those homes and the people inside. That sounds like hell, to me. Having to deal with 10 to 20 people every single day? No way. I am an introvert. Having to deal with all those people would make me crazy.

Enceladus's picture

Illuminati living  is a lot of work.  

HRH Feant2's picture

I couldn't handle it. I like being alone. Work, for me, is having to deal with other people. Pain in the fracking ass. I don't have that much patience.

Enceladus's picture

Whitney Houston has it easy .... now

HRClinton's picture

She's totally laid back now.

hairball48's picture

Me neither....and glad I live in MT. Easier to be alone here than back east where I used to live.

Erwin643's picture

Hey, I agree!

Wait a second: Is everyone leaving comments here just a bunch of loner Survivalists, who would be happy eating popcorn while watching the collapse of civilization??

Is that what it is???!!!!

MCDirtMigger's picture

I hire one manager who oversees the staff. Same way I run my businesses. One can see why you are still not in the market for a mansion.

HRClinton's picture

Look at those flimsy American-Statesman walls!

Easier to get through than the door. Especially for a >.300 WM caliber. 

How's it handle some Molotovs?

Erwin643's picture

Hey, just remember what she taught us: "I believe that children are our future..."

Especially the backwards hat-wearing, attention deficit drug addicts.


junction's picture

Back in the real world, older Americans are dying faster and losing their marbles earlier than at any time in the last three decades.

Erwin643's picture

So in other words, it won't be Mad Max?

It'll just be older (as well as younger), lazy people just losing it and/or taking that 9mm solution?

Imagine that.

Bricker's picture

I would rather go down like Tony Montana...IN A BLAZE of UnGlorified Bullets

Yen Cross's picture

 Has anyone seen that new episode of South Park where 'Tweek' sends Lil Kim the cupcakes, and Trump starts Tweeting?

Trump tweets that the cupcakes were full of shit, piss, spit ect; and calls Lil Kim a pussy.

The next scene is a NORK rocket test over Tweeks house in South Park.

  Sooo Funny!


HRH Feant2's picture

Nope but added it to the must watch list. South Park is cutting edge, these days, compared to late night leftists.

Old Codger's picture

ALL the men who worked on that project know what it is,  and when they get desperate enough they will arrive with guns loaded,  and the angle grinder etc ready.



Sorry_about_Dresden's picture

Have they fixed the interstate 95 bridge that collapsed? Atlanta is shit hole!

BlindMonkey's picture

95 doesn't go through ATL and the 85 bridge was fixed a long while back. 

SybilDefense's picture

They had to wait for new custom built bridge beams.  The ones they had on hand we're mysteriously misappropriated by a guy named Bugatti Veyron for a few eightballs of crack

PitBullsRule's picture

It only lost 50%, not bad for Atlanta.  Here's the problem, for 15 million you can get a nice house on the beach in California.  Try inviting a hot broad to that creepy place in Atlanta, verses inviting her to a nice place overlooking the beach.  She'll take the beach every time.

BlindMonkey's picture

In Atlanta, you wouldn't need to speak Spanish to get the chick to come back to the house. 

HRH Feant2's picture

Just hang a chicken wing out the window and she will follow the drippings?

Bricker's picture

15mm? I can find 1000 acres and build a bunker in an area that nobody would want to come into.


HRH Feant2's picture

A 30-car garage?

I don't get it. I saw a really nice Airstream Class B on a Mercedes chassis. My heart did beat a little faster. The thought of packing up a few bags and moving in? Priceless.

Now I have to downsize. At least I am motivated! My home is a modest 2-bed, 2-BA, 2-car garage rancher. And I have way too much shit to fit in a Class B. Time to get busy on Craigslist and EBay!

totenkopf88's picture

You couldn't pay me enough to live in ATL

Fourth Horseman's picture

Nope! Not in niggerville if the SHTF, no way no way in hell. The self-entitled class will be 'monkey 'shinin all day and night until they extinguish themselves.

Erwin643's picture

Hey, I know: If you did live at that doomstead, maybe you could drive down there and have fun helping them extinguish themselves!

konadog's picture

Buy a normal house for $250k and a used Gulfstream for $4M. Keep it fueled and ready to go with $3M in gold stashed on board. Pocket the spare $7M and live a nice life.

HRH Feant2's picture

That Airstream I saw was only $200K. Easy to drive, no special license necessary. Add the plane and gold and oh hell ya! I would think I had died and gone to heaven!

Pi Bolar's picture

I don't see a fire break around the house. I bet this house isn't safe from illegal immigrant neighbours.

whatsupdoc's picture

The problem with owning and owing on big assets is that they have to be sold to someone.  Putting a significant amount of money into something like this is for those who have a serious cash abundance or are A-grade stupid.

As for mortgages in this world.  Is it a really stupid thing to pay them back ??

Shouldn't you get as much of a mortgage as it is possible to pay just interest and when it all goes belly-up you just walk out and declare bankruptcy.  This is assuming you have other savings in other things or in someone elses name ...

How best to play this game ...

fishwharf's picture

I have a friend in the landscaping business with clients in Port Orford, Oregon.  She told me some of her customers are retired nuclear scientists, both military and civilian, and apparently there is a community of retired nuclear scientists in the area.  Port Orford is the western most incorporated city in the continental US.  There are no nearby large cities, military bases or nuclear power plants, and there is nothing upwind except 5,000 miles of Pacific ocean.  I live near Port Orford, and feel very safe.  I'm developing some property here, and one of the selling points is safety when SHTF.  Of course the Cascadia Subduction Zone could pop and screw everything up, but hey, no plan is perfect.,_Oregon

OliverAnd's picture

I read your post and felt very sad. These people have devoted their lives to nuclear energy helping to harness its power to create electricity, medical aids and bombs to better our lives and to keep us safe and they cannot afford a descent home in the southern hemisphere (or the US for that matter) where if a nuclear war breaks out will probably be the safest place to be. Meanwhile all those parasites that have made money through bomb and military manufacturing all have places in government bunkers with years of resources paid by the regular Joe taxpayer... so that they may survive and be the examples for which the new human colony on earth will be based on. Cain and Abel all over again.  

Erwin643's picture

Well, you got one point right. "Descent" is the right word, as far as the U.S. and western industrailized civilization is concerned.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

“. . . there is nothing upwind except 5,000 miles of Pacific ocean.”

For those nuclear scientists irony thy name is Fukushima.

OliverAnd's picture

We know about the AK47 resistant doors.  We know about the 'secret' behind the waterfall to the garage. We know about the walls.  We know about the bunker in case we cannot find the owners.  We even know about the location of the home.  What do you know about my home?  Nothing, therefore my home is safer.  

P.S.  I like to see those walls and doors stand up to a mobile crane or tank being driven through...  I bet you could create a new hallway through the house almost instantly.  If you have time you could even use a large excavator.

SybilDefense's picture

The price just went down $7M because of this article.  Nice!