Tell me this guy isn’t into Preparedness!!! A mansion built with 5 stories under ground is pretty cool in it’s own right but throw in back-up generators, a state of the art security system, and it some how turns the pool water into oxygen! I’m in love!
What is a millionaire to do when he wants a huge mansion, but local laws only let him build one level?
Build underground, of course.
John Z. Blazevich, chief executive of shrimp importer Viva Food Group, followed the letter of the law when he built his enormous 50,000 square-foot, Spanish-style home. Only one level is above ground, and rest of the massive Rolling Hills, Calif. residence extends five stories into the earth.
Click here or on a photo to go to a slideshow, with pictures of the home’s above- and below-ground features.)Blazevich’s home recently hit the market with a whopping $53 million price tag and a long list of unique amenities that give the term “the works” an entirely new meaning. (
The 8-acre estate, fondly called Hacienda de la Paz, includes a guest house, nine bedrooms with patios and 25 bathrooms, most of which are underground. It also includes a 10,000-square-foot hammam (a Turkish bath spa room), reflecting pool, secret passages, an indoor tennis court, elevators, fully-stocked wine cellar, massage shower, ballroom and balconies, all located underground. The outdoor property also includes an swimming pool, bocce court, stables and olive trees.
What would you build if money was no object?
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