9 zombie-proof houses
What if the zombie apocalypse portrayed in “Fear the Walking Dead” happens? Can you assure your own safety?
A prudent homebuyer has to take into consideration how a home will perform when fending off legions of the walking undead. Here are 9 estates that appear to be ideal for sheltering zombie-survival enthusiasts through a downpour of zombie violence.
Castle of Rincon
- Location: Rincon, Puerto Rico
- Asking price: $2.4 million
Castle of Rincon is perched atop a mountain peak, giving 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside for whoever’s drawn lookout duty that day. It’s also equipped with gardens full of fruit trees and a 30,000-gallon water tank. It’s 95% powered by solar panels and wind turbines, so you can live in relative comfort, even after society has collapsed under the weight of the zombie plague.
Castle of Cornod
- Location: Cornod, France
- Asking price: 30 million euros (about $34 million)
With its massive thick walls, 2 impressive turrets and about 80,000 square feet of space to house hundreds of fellow zombie fighters, the Castle of Cornod looks ready to stand up to an undead onslaught. The more than 300 acres of land that come along with it might be helpful for growing food once the grocery stores have emptied out.
- Location: Versailles, Kentucky
- Former asking price: $30 million
The bed-and-breakfast formerly known as Castle Bluegrass boasts thick stone walls, several turrets complete with battlements, and tennis and basketball courts to help you stay in zombie-fighting shape. It also features a horse farm because who wants to fight zombies on foot when they could do so from the back of a huge Kentucky thoroughbred?
- Location: Miami
- Former asking price: $12.8 million
Unless someone is foolish enough to teach zombies how to swim, the huge moat surrounding this lake castle should keep you safe from undead mobs. The property also gets its water from wells, so you won’t need to depend on what’s likely to be substandard service from your local utilities provider in the event of a zombie outbreak. The only thing you’ll need to add in the case of zombie warfare is a working drawbridge. Currently, the house has only a regular bridge and, well, zombies can easily walk across it.
- Location: Off the coast of Portland, Maine
- Asking price: $6.9 million
Located in picturesque Casco Bay, House Island would seem to be a perfect getaway from the hellish scenes of devastation likely to be happening on the mainland. Should some kind of post-apocalyptic pirates try to make landfall and a gilled Kevin Costner isn’t around to help, the island houses a 19th-century fort that should help you hold them off.
- Location: Los Angeles
- Asking price: $5.499 million
While its location in a major metropolitan area isn’t ideal, thanks to the millions of potential zombies living nearby, this house more than makes up for it with state-of-the-art security features. Designed by the founder of security solutions firm SAFE, which stands for Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments, the home features 2 panic rooms and automatic safety doors that close off 2 of the luxurious bedrooms from attack.
- Location: Man-O-War Cay, Bahamas
- Asking price: $8 million
With 4 dwellings, including a 5,400-square-foot main house, 8-acre Sandy Cay has plenty of living space for your zombie survival crew, and a 6,000-gallon-per-day reverse-osmosis water filter to keep them refreshed. The property comes with a fleet of boats, including a 40-foot sport fishing yacht to help you catch your next meal and patrol the waters for floating zombies.
Wolf Trap Light
- Location: Off the coast of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia
- Former asking price: $249,500
While not as posh as many of the other entries on this list, this former lighthouse more than makes up for its lack of creature comforts by being an aquatic fortress that even the most athletic zombie would have trouble breaching. It has a rooftop lookout tower and comes complete with access to the mainland with a lot on neighboring Horn Harbor.
Tooth & Nail Winery
- Location: Paso Robles, California
- Sold in 2014 for $4.86 million
They say that in a zombie apocalypse, the survivors would envy the dead. But what if they were surviving in a vast cellar full of delicious wine? With its battlement-style roof, huge wooden doors and moat, the Tooth & Nail Winery would be relatively easy to defend from a zombie onslaught, and its 11-acre vineyard would give you plenty to fight for.