Las Vegas' underground house features a fountain along with a host of other amenities. (Doug Johnson/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
At first glance, the house at 3970 Spencer Street looks like any other home.
But on closer inspection, you see air conditioners on the ground, and the above-ground house isn't even half of the entire home.
Twenty-six feet underground, there's another main and guest houses, accessible from the upper and ground levels by three stairways and an elevator. There's also an elevator in the two-story, above-ground house.
Real estate agent Winston King has been showing the underground house since it went on the market in March.
But he said with the interest the home is getting, it won't stay on the market long.
"Four or five emails or calls per week from mostly overseas individuals," King said, who runs Kingly Properties in North Las Vegas.
Surrounding the actual house is a mock outdoor area, with room for all sorts of activities.
"We have two Jacuzzis. You have a putting green … wide open space, (for) football or soccer," King said.
From the ground level, vents on the dirt-covered roof keeps the entire sub level at a constant 70 degrees or so.
"I (also) have a barbecue grill (underground)," King told FOX5 during a tour of the property Thursday.
The home was originally built by businessman and philanthropist Girard Henderson in 1978.
At the height of the Cold War, a nuclear attack or other catastrophe was a real possibility, and Henderson was preparing for the worst.
"And they say it was in case of a nuclear fallout, and he would have some place safe," King said.
Years later, King said the last owner couldn't keep his underground home from going underwater.
Now the bank-owned property is for sale for $1.6 million.
Inside the five bedroom, six bathroom homes, there's an unmistakable 1970s motif.
"Built in toasters ... I think they're original," King said while walking through the kitchen.
Once everything was built, King said an artist lived in the guest home for three years while she painted murals on the walls, which represent the different places Henderson lived during his life, including Colorado and Los Angeles.
The lights on those walls have four setting for different times of day, changing from day to dusk to night to sunset.
In 1983, when Henderson died, his wife built the upstairs house.
King said that house is also included in the sale of the property.
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