panic room

Cool Listings, New Jersey, Quirky Homes

At first glance, this Voorhees, NJ home known as the Alton Estate seems like your average, over-the-top, suburban mega-mansion, with its ridiculous amenities like a Grecian-inspired pool, two-story pool house that connects to the main house via an above-ground ramp, 12-person Jacuzzi, DJ booth, full gym with cedar-lined sauna, soundproof movie theater, and 42-seat bar. But then it gets really interesting. First noted by Curbed, the listing touts a 130-foot-long, solid concrete, underground bomb-proof tunnel. It’s not clear why the owners installed this insane panic room, but for those who live in fear of the Apocalypse, and have $2.9 to spare, here’s your dream home.

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City Living, real estate trends

hidden panic room

Call it the problems of 0.002 percent, but the Times reports that wealthy buyers are now requesting that “safe rooms” be installed as part of their multi-million dollar buys. Although when most of us envision these spaces we immediately think of the movie “Panic Room” where Jodie Foster and her on-screen daughter are hunkered down in a dark and cold metal encasement with bad lighting, the wealthy by comparison have no interest of slumming it even when under siege. The paper reports that these individuals are now putting their panic rooms in full view, and they’re just as cushy as the rest of their ultra-luxe digs.

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