If you’re willing to drive a little, you could either save a lot, or you could have it all. Thanks very much to Burbed readers CLS and nomadic for sending this tidbit in.
By PATRICIA LEIGH BROWN, The New York Times, Published: February 9, 2012
CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. — Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the ultimate gift for the Dr. Strangelove in your life: the 21,000-square-foot Jamesburg Earth Station, a satellite relay base from the 1960s that was built to survive a nuclear attack.
Perched on a remote hillside overlooking the Ventana Wilderness here on California’s Central Coast, it is a white elephant that costs $3 million, a tech-lover’s paradise on 161 acres equipped with a 97-foot satellite dish. (Though the signs reading “Danger: High Voltage” are perhaps not the best marketing tool.)
In its glory days, this sprawling bunkerlike redoubt on Comsat Road played an essential role in national life. Built in 1968 by the Communications Satellite Corporation, the Jamesburg Earth Station and nearly a dozen others like it helped bring the first televised images of Neil Armstrong on the moon and President Richard M. Nixon in Beijing into America’s living rooms. They also pulled in signals from satellites in geostationary orbit that made international telephone calls fast and easily accessible for most Americans.
“It’s the ultimate man cave,” said Jeffrey W. Bullis, a Silicon Valley electronics mogul, who bought the property in 2004 for $2 million from AT&T and is now selling it, complete with the hand-carved Tiki gods from Vanuatu that he placed at the entrance as a homey touch.
If you have a spare $3.5 million burning a hole in your pocket, I can’t think of a better use for it than a historical satellite dish made obsolete by fiber optic technology. Especially because this 21,000 square foot bunker can also be used as an indoor shooting gallery. Imagine the fun you will have with your remaining family members here!
While the 102 acre property including the satellite dish and its adjacent 46 acre parcel are currently “off-market,” the listing agent still features it on his website, and the current owner would be delighted to see it placed with someone who would appreciate just what this property is.
Or you could just tear all this crap out and build 28 McMansions on 5 acre ranchettes and go bankrupt much more quickly.
Oh yeah, there is a house on the property somewhere, so you don’t need to bring a tent. Also, lots and lots of room for storage, and by lots I think they mean enough room to fill a Saturn V.