There’s no reason to panic, but the news of raging wildfires and COVID-19’s spread is certainly enough to make you stop and think about your safety. An in-house panic room can provide comfort and security during emergencies like pandemics, and extreme weather events.
Should the worst-case scenario ever come to pass, having a safe room will allow you to wait out the chaos in relative comfort and security. Depending on the model, a panic room could protect you from tornadoes, cyclones, nuclear fallout, armed invasions, and even airborne contaminant attacks. Every family home should have one, even if it’s a simpler version purely designed to protect inhabitants from unexpected intruders and natural disasters.
It should come as no surprise that most luxury and celebrity homes are fitted with custom panic rooms for these exact reasons. They boast a range of swanky features, from viral-screening filters, and radioactivity protection, to full CCTV set-ups, gyms, and cinemas that all create the ideal luxury lifestyle. Naturally, they might be pricey to install, but those who own luxury homes already have the resources to buy the safe rooms of their apocalypse-centric dreams.
Here are 5 luxury homes with the swankiest panic rooms you’ll ever lay eyes on!
L.M. Pagano’s Topanga Home – California
The former home of iconic interior designer L.M. Pagano contains an exceptionally complex and fascinating safe room structure. Pagano, who has created homes and private yachts for Hollywood stars like Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp, built her Californian residence at the end of a twisted and confounding trail in Topanga. The home is notoriously difficult to get to for good reason—it provides a notable extra level of safety to its residents, and it’s virtually paparazzi proof.
The $4.5 million home features an infinity-edge swimming pool, a glass pool house, a fireplace, an outdoor shower, and a bonus structure that can serve as a yoga, art, or recording studio. It also houses an off-the-grid, solar powered safe room complete with a water purification system and a backup generator in case the electric grid fails.
The safe room is fully apocalypse-proof, and its location is only known by its owners. You may recognize the safe room as the setting for Bruce Willis’ 2005 film, Hostage. Rest easy that you would be far more secure here than the film’s hostages were…
The Strand Home – California
This ocean-facing home in Dana Point, California, focuses on optimizing your health and wellness—two things you can’t have without the peace of mind that good security brings. The $26 million home is constructed from environmentally friendly materials, and is fitted with over 50 solar panels, and Tesla Powerwall batteries. If California’s power supply ever were to be knocked out due to an environmental or human disaster, this mansion would remain completely functional.
As well as being totally off-grid, the 4 bed, 5 bath home boasts a secret panic room that serves as a walk-in safe too. It’s bulletproof, powered completely by green energy, and decked out with custom cabinets and filtered ventilation to protect against airborne contaminants. Inhabitants can use emergency phones, radios, and extensive security camera feeds to stay in touch with the outside world, should danger ever rear its ugly head.
The Star Wars House – Los Angeles
The Los Angeles-based Star Wars House gets its intriguing name from its multi-million dollar Star Wars prop collection, which is stored in the basement. It’s also equipped with a special hidden safe room, which may or may not be Star Wars-themed. Either way, it offers filtered air and water supply, a full digital security set-up, modern radio equipment, an entertainment system, and plush accommodation for its inhabitants. We suspect that movie snacks are included too.
The $26.5 million home’s safe room is connected to the grid, but can sustain itself using solar panels and a back-up generator during emergencies. Plus, if you do ever get locked down here, it’s unlikely that you’ll be bored with so many iconic movie props to investigate during your free time. There’s also a large outdoor pool, a grotto slash spa, a loggia, tennis court, fully equipped gym, and a 750-gallon aquarium on the property for residents’ entertainment pleasure.
854 Fifth Ave Townhouse – Manhattan
It should come as no surprise that Manhattan is home to one of the world’s most luxurious panic rooms. The $50 million 854 Fifth Avenue townhouse is fitted with bulletproof windows, and a secret safe room enforced with hardened steel and a custom-built reinforced door. Its windows open up to a stunning view of Central Park. Oh, and did we mention that it features 9 stories full of crystal chandeliers and gilded décor inspired by the legendary Palace of Versailles?
The home’s safe room is fitted with a Faraday cage to repel electromagnetic fields, along with a host of other high-tech protective equipment that would survive an apocalyptic event. The safe room was built to house Josip Broz Tito, the president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, after he survived an assassination attempt.
The panic room kept Tito safe from harm for years, and will certainly do the same for future residents.
610 Los Trancos Road – California
What better place to wait out an unexpected disaster than a 5 bed, 11-bathroom Santa Clara County mansion? On the outskirts of Palo Alto, California, this $53 million luxury home offers everything you could ever need to survive an emergency.
Aside from its pristine safe room, residents can take advantage of a personal climbing wall, indoor private cinema room, basketball court, golf course, and hockey rink to help them pass the time. There’s also a sprawling basement, hobby room, library, media theater, recreation room, and a cellar filled with bottles of excellent vintage white and red wine to indulge in.
The mansion’s hidden safe room is fully equipped to withstand home intrusions, pandemics, nuclear explosions, and even war-related events. It doesn’t get much more luxurious than this, especially when you’re in hiding during times of emergency!