I (totally would) live in a land down under
November 28, 2008, 12:50 pm
Filed under: Random

I have often pictured my dream home as a two-story penthouse on top of a 70-story skyscraper. Right above is, of course, my private helicopter. I’d also have a swimming pool on the roof.

But this potential home is the complete opposite. It’s a mile-long tunnel with adjacent rooms under the streets of London, part of a network built by the British government as bomb shelters during WWII. But the public never used the tunnels, and they became secret military headquarters during WWII and the Cold War.

From The New York Times:

The BT tunnels soon became a temporary base for troops before D-Day while another tunnel was turned into the European headquarters of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1944, the tunnels became a base from which the Allies helped resistance movements in Nazi-occupied countries. Members of the secret service, in offices equipped with telephones and teleprinters hidden beneath the war-torn streets, helped coordinate as many as 10,000 men and women gathering support against the Nazi regime across Europe.

… In 1963, the hot line established between Moscow and Washington after the Cuban missile crisis ran through the London tunnels. The buzzing complex soon became known as “underground town,” with its own recreation room complete with dartboards and billiard tables, a movie theater and two dining halls.

If I lived there, I apparently would “enter through an inconspicuous iron door on Furnival Street, a quiet path behind busy Chancery Lane, close to the Royal Courts of Justice and not far from the River Thames. Apart from an old industrial crane attached to the facade of the windowless building, nothing hints at the vast underground labyrinth below it,” the NYT says.

Oh man. Can you imagine? It’d be like you were James Bond or Bruce Wayne.

Granted, there aren’t any windows, and the London Underground regularly rumbles by a few feet overhead. Apparently, the air is hot and stale. Oh, and the asking price is $7.4 million.

Worth it? Hell yes.

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