Southern Arizona is a hot real estate market for decommissioned nuclear missile silos.
An underground Titan missile silo site east of Picacho Peak listed in November sold within weeks for more than the asking price, and now two more are listed.
Now, a seller is asking $495,000 for a former missile complex in Oracle, which is northeast of Tucson. And a different seller is asking the same price for a silo in Benson, which is southeast of Tucson.
Real estate agent Grant Hampton of Realty Executives said owners of the most recently listed missile silos just began taking offers and already several have come in.
Last month, he brokered the deal to sell the 13-acre site that once housed a Titan II nuclear missile east of Picacho Peak, near Highway 79 and Panther Butte Road. The listing price was $395,000 and real-estate records show it sold for $420,000.
He took offers from buyers worldwide for the first silo site. Tucson businessman Thomas Rossier paid cash for it.
Rossier told Tucson.com that he plans to build a house above the silo site and use the underground space as a survival shelter and “the ultimate man cave.”
The underground silos were built during the Cold War. The Titan II missile program began in 1963 and was decommissioned in the 1980s.
The U.S. once had more than 50 Titan II missile sites, with 18 of them in southern Arizona. Most were purchased by private buyers.
The Oracle silo for sale is on 11.78 acres at 63514 E. Highway 77. And the Benson silo can be found at 980 N. Sibyl Road.
Hampton said potential buyers have talked about turning them into everything from vacation rentals to a medical marijuana facility.
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