It is an interesting time to be alive, both exciting and tumultuous, and as a result, we sometimes don’t feel quite as safe as we would particularly like. Well, safety and security are two things one Atlanta resident isn’t going to have to worry about for much longer, especially after their $14.7 million fortress is completed.
Located in Alpharetta, GA, the Rice House, a 36,000 square-foot, eight-bedroom mansion sitting on a 3.5 acre property in a gated community in one of Atlanta’s most affluent suburbs, may be the most secure residence in the United States. But there is more to it than just fortification; the Rice House also boasts a private cinema, bowling alley, infinity pool, shooting range and wine cellar.
What makes the Rice House so impregnable are its hidden security features, overseen by a former US Justice Department secure installation designer. The mansion has a self-sufficent water system drawn from three artesian wells on the property, as well as solar heating and geothermal heating both throughout the house and its bunker. Thats right, bunker.
The building is equipped with secret doors that lead into a 15,000 square-foot bunker. This, in conjunction with the water, energy, and heating systems could allow one to theoretically survive underground for years, depending on food supplies. Inside the main house are ballistic doors capable of withstanding AK-47 fire and garage large enough to house 30 vehicles, the entrance to which is obscured by a waterfall, just like the Batcave.
Then there are the bedrooms, of which the master bedroom and main guest bedroom have their own independent safe rooms, alongside a glass-floored observation tower and hidden spiral staircase entry. The still unfinished property recently has its listed price lowered from $17.5 million to $14.7 million, but it will also cost approximately $3 million to $5 million to complete.
However, the Rice House isn’t the brainchild of some paranoid psychotic, rather it was built for fun more than anything, according to the listing agent. “He said to me, ‘If anyone wants to get me, they can find me at Chick-fil-A’,” said broker Paul Wegener of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty recently.