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

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.


Freddie City_Of_Champyinz Tue, 10/24/2017 - 00:13 Permalink

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. 

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HRH Feant2 Enceladus Tue, 10/24/2017 - 00:19 Permalink

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.

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Yen Cross Mon, 10/23/2017 - 23:45 Permalink

 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! 

Old Codger Mon, 10/23/2017 - 23:49 Permalink

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.  

PitBullsRule Mon, 10/23/2017 - 23:52 Permalink

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.

HRH Feant2 Tue, 10/24/2017 - 00:09 Permalink

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!

konadog Tue, 10/24/2017 - 00:12 Permalink

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.

whatsupdoc Tue, 10/24/2017 - 01:12 Permalink

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 Tue, 10/24/2017 - 01:38 Permalink

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 fishwharf Tue, 10/24/2017 - 02:12 Permalink

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.  

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OliverAnd Tue, 10/24/2017 - 01:55 Permalink

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.