to the “One of a Kind House”!
after you see the pictures, then see the house in person
still not believe what you saw! The “Subterranean
an eighth wonder of the world in engineering. Now you
have the opportunity to own one of the most amazing homes
seen. This house is not a 30-year-old house, but a house
that has been being built for 30 years! Come and see
the difference! Come see why the "History
this house, and why the producers of the show, "Secret
Passages of the Cold War" called this house
the best civilian made bomb shelter in North America!"
The house is in great condition, the regular home is 1900 sq.ft and has been
mostly remodeled with many first class upgrades, including a beautiful
remodel, new appliances, new hot water tank, new forced air system, new roof,
some new flooring and painting inside and out. The home is very open and
bright with and is very comfortable, and perfect for a family.
What is really amazing is what sits below ground. Under the house is a 4
level deep (45 ft under the house) handmade bomb shelter/extra living space
another 1400+sqft with hundreds sqft of more passages and secret areas.It
is clean and a fully finished space, with custom concrete work
all over the fortress.
Here is some basic background on the house.
The house was built in 1975 as a 3-bedroom/1.5 bath and was about 1400 sq.ft.
The Snyder family purchased the home in 1976. Soon after the husband, Dr.
Kenley Sndyer began working on a childhood dream…to build a bomb shelter
for his family. So he jackhammered the garage floor and dug…dug…dug…dug
for over 15 years!!! The whole time he dug out from under the house, the
house was already on top. If the fortress was dug by an excavator and the
poured by a cement truck, it would be still very impressive, but the thought
that someone hand dug with a shovel, pick axe, and other tools; and that
he used an electric hand cement mixer makes it even more amazing. What he
created is a
of art and science. He built the fortress to last at least 600 years. The
Fortress has three feet thick concrete walls, made with 5-bag cement (20%
regular cement). Kenley and his family and friends worked for almost 20 years
on the fortress until his passing away in the mid-1990’s. Kenley was
professor of Business at Trinity up in Vancouver, but building this bomb
shelter was one
of his passions. This Fortress goes so far beyond just a bomb shelter, it
is very usable space, with nice rooms fully plumbed, wired, phone,
sump pumps (on float valves) to keep the ground water out and air ventilation
that keeps fresh air flowing. In fact is not musty or moldy down even in
the lower levels, unlike many basements/garages. All the systems of
fortress are cleverly in place. Since Kenley began his building of the Fortress,
everything has passed inspection and is fully permited space. The Snyder's
also added on the original house by building the sunroom and enterance to
the fortress below, and a 3/4 bath.
The fortress is very easy to maintain, it stays a constant 60 degrees year round
and in fact one small electric space heater can heat all 1400sqft in about 3
hours, because the concrete walls are so dense and with no windows. Everything
about sump-pumps and air ventilation systems are simple to use or automatic.
The fortress also comes with a generator and battery bank, plus a battery recharger
that hooks up to the generator. It also comes with over 100-5 gallon buckets
of nitrogen sealed food and lots of water that has been preserved for long-term
storage. Also the fortress comes with everything needed to run a fully functional
bomb shelter including such things as radiation meters, gas masks, radiation
suits, survival material, vitamins, minerals, and much, much, more. It has been
organized in way that it is all located in one area of the fortress for easy
access, but clearing out more room for other uses.
As amazing as the pictures are, seeing it first hand is a mind-blowing experience.
We welcome you to experience our home first-hand and would enjoy giving you
a once-and-a-lifetime tour. Please check to our open house dates for casual
and for people who are more serious about purchasing can easily make private
Front/Back l House Interior l Subterranean
Fortress l Location! l Terms & Contact
617 B Street xx•xxBlaine, WA 98230
directions, click here!
One Of A Kind House
more information contact, Scott
Malis (360) 371-9080
1225 E. Sunset Dr. • Suite 145, PMB 386
Bellingham, WA 98226
and Exterior House & Fortress Photos by JACK KINTNER,
a freelance photojournalist whose work appears in several area
magazines and newspapers. A native of Port Angeles, Washington,
he lives in Blaine with his lovely wife
Linda and their two dogs, a Border Collie named Duke
loveable if somewhat
loudmouthed coyote cross named Dutchess. When not working or fly fishing
he can often be spotted in the skies above Blaine is
yellow J-3 Cub named Butterfingers.
Jack Kintner can be reached by emailing
him at email@example.com
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