March 11, 2012

The Ultimate Man Cave in Carmel Valley. Or anywhere else.

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.

21,000 Square Feet of Cold War Memories for Sale, Satellite Dish Included


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.

120309-jamesburg-dishPerched 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.

120309-jamesburg-welcomeIf 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.

120309-jamesburg-houseThis is a must-have property for anyone who remembers the glory days of Apollo 11, and wants to own some of the technology that made it possible. 

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.

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:30 am

7 Responses to “The Ultimate Man Cave in Carmel Valley. Or anywhere else.”

  1. SEA Says:

    This scrap iron would be worth so much more if it were located in the RBA.

  2. Crissa Says:

    These things sometimes come on the market at great prices. But this one is way over priced. Which is probably why it isn’t on the market.

  3. nomadic Says:

    For anyone wondering where the hell is that?,+Carmel+Valley,+CA+93924&ll=36.475411,-121.68251&spn=0.352816,0.727158&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&hnear=18773+Cachagua+Rd,+Carmel+Valley,+California+93924&gl=us&t=m&z=11

  4. S.Schultz Says:

    Should be marketed in Evil Villain Monthly. What a place to control the nation’s communications from!

  5. nomadic Says:

    Can we get a defensibility score from Gilroy Alex?

  6. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    I have no idea about defensibility. I’d have to go there and scope it out. I however do think it’s a hell of a value for $3 mil. Usually $3 mil buys something that looks like it was designed by someone with Asperger’s who’s really into Legos and is located right next to a slum (but walking distance to Google, if it were safe!)

    In general, to defend any place, you need a neighborhood of people who work together for a common defense, and a certain amount of anticipation of problems. To give an idea of what I mean, I had the trap out overnight and this morning had caught a decent-sized possum. Which I then shot and buried. Now, I *could* wait until said possum ate a bunch of the new chicks we’ve got running around and then undergo the requisite amount of anguish, then the politically-correct amount of soul-searching, before I Oh so reluctantly decide to take the life of one of Nature’s creatures …. Nah, I just shoot ’em although I’m not all *that* cold-blooded, I send ’em off with a ‘possum joke. Such as, “Why did the ‘possum cross the road? No one knows, none of ’em ever make it!” That’s a funny one! … So you want to have scouts and such forms of intelligence warning you of baddies when they’re still ‘way off, and take care of ’em before they cause a lot of problems.

  7. Robert Jones Says:

    This thing is definitely fun to own. This is how I will spend my money if I were rich, buy big 3-4m dollar dish like things!

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