5. Ex-military cottage, Scotland
Photo: Shepherd estate agents
Famous for its rain and biting winds, this Aberdeenshire cottage may be the safest place in the whole county. The building was used by the British Military in the 1950s but sat unused for decades until being converted into a residential property. Its major selling point? The underground land which is connected to the rear of the main building, complete with 10-foot thick walls.
“The unique nature of this property makes it suitable for a variety of uses,” estate agent Mark McQueen told the BBC when it went on sale this year. Keeping out the flu is top of the list.
4. WWII bunker, Cornwall
Photo: SWNS / The Daily Mail
This former WWII listening post once protected Britain from the Nazis. Now, it can protect your immune system from hostile forces. Elizabeth Strutton converted the £143,000 bunker, which is buried in the cliffs of Land’s End, Cornwall, into a three-bed bungalow that relies on a sun vent and a satellite to survive.
“Workers are said to have been protecting the nearby cable tower – though many facts are still classified,” reported The Daily Mail when it hit the market this month. Indeed, with no windows, nothing can get in or out. Not even a sneeze.
3. Brompton Road Tube Station, London
If you are looking for someone secure to stay, the London Underground may not seem an obvious choice, but Brompton Road Tube Station has been closed to the public for almost 80 years. Opened in 1906, it was shut down in 1934 for not being economically viable, before spending decades in the hands of the Ministry of Defence.
“There’s no power and there’s been no one down here full time for 60 years,” an MoD surveyor told The Telegraph . The property goes up for auction this month and is expected to fetch over £20 million.
Located 60 feet below the London surface and still vibrating with the sound of the Piccadilly Line, Churchill is said to have used the rooms to coordinate Britain’s air defences. If it is good enough for Churchill to avoid the Blitz, it is good enough for you to hide from man flu.
2. Missile silo, New York
In December 2011, a decommissioned missile silo in Saranac, New York, launched itself onto the market . Converted into a subterranean home, it was a unique, impossible sight to nehold. Now, another has appeared in Lewis. Unlike Saranac’s silo, though, it has not been renovated: it has been restored.
“[The owner] thinks it’s an amazing piece of history, so he didn’t want to change it,” an agent told Today .
The silo could be “an organic vegetable farm, precious metal vault, deep-sea diving school…” the agent continues. Insulated from any noises above ground, not to mention bombs, earthquakes and blizzards, the property has all the features needed in a man flu bunker single-family home, from a kitchen to a bathroom. The best bit? The big red launch button on the control panel.
1. Underground home, Las Vegas
With the common cold sweeping UK workplaces this autumn, you could be forgiven for wanting to move underground and never come out again. During the Cold War, America was thinking the same thing.
An estimated 200,000 shelters were erected by 1965. None was as impressive as 3970 Spencer Street in Las Vegas. The two-bedroom home is exactly what you would expect from 1970s suburbia. A swimming pool, a garden and even a dance floor are included in the picture perfect home. The only difference? It is 25 feet below ground.
Built by Jerry Henderson in 1978, the estate comprises a two-storey house on ground level that, when you access a hidden staircase, takes you to an eerily cheerful fake backyard, complete with golf holes and trees. Hidden in one of them: a BBQ grill. Naturally.
The walls of the cavernous chamber are painted to look like the outside – just the thing to reassure homeowners avoiding the epidemic as they scuttle around their kitchen, complete with washing machine and dryer.
There is even a painting of a deer to finish the effect, in case you are worried that the animals will not survive the winter.
The price for the ultimate flu defence system? $1.6 million. A bargain.
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