A decommissioned nuclear missile complex in Arizona that was abandoned for decades just sold for $420,000

Casey James / Luxe Realty PhotographyThe decommissioned missile silo was on the market for $US400,000.
  • An underground missile complex went on the market in Arizona last month for $US400,000.
  • The complex was designed to hold a Titan II missile, which carried nuclear warheads from one continent to another.
  • It was decommissioned in the mid-1980s and was available for buyers in the Tucson area.
  • It recently sold to a Tucson resident for $US420,000, above asking price.
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One lucky Tucson, Arizona resident will soon have a unique man cave.

A decommissioned missile complex outside of the city that was on the market for nearly $US400,000 sold above asking price at $US420,000. The complex was home to an armed Titan II missile for 24 years, before it was decommissioned in the 1980s.

The structure was listed with Grant Hampton at Realty Executives, and lasted ten days on the market before multiple offers came in.

Now, the home is back off the market, but these photos show what lies underground in Arizona.


Travel a little off the beaten path in Arizona, and you could find a decommissioned missile complex.

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The entrance to the missile silo blends into the brown landscape, so it’s hard to see if you’re not looking for it.

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If you know where to look, it gives you access to a massive underground complex.

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The top of the silo has been demolished and filled in.

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But the access portal, command centre, and decontamination area are still accessible.

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3 blast doors also remain from the original design.

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They each weigh 7,000 pounds and are designed to withstand shockwaves.

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The complex was originally built in 1962 as a missile silo.

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Source: Titan Missile Museum


Titan II was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

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It was designed to carry a nuclear warhead to another continent.

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It was stored underground, with fuel on hand, ready to launch at all times.

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The Titan II was the largest land missile ever held by the US.

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The missile was armed and ready to go from this spot for 24 years.

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In the mid-80s, the complex was decommissioned.

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The complex sat untouched as a time capsule from the time it was decommissioned until it was purchased by the current owners in 2003.

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The current owners then had the massive task of digging out the access portal and rebuilding the top layer of concrete.

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They had planned to rent out the space for storage, but the financial crisis altered their plans.

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The 4,000 square foot underground space spent 10 days on the market this year,

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The control centre is 3 stories tall.

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The missile complex was for sale coupled with nearly 13 acres of surrounding property.

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It was listed for $US395,000, and sold for $US25,000 above asking price to a Tucson resident, according to listing agent Grant Hampton.

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Despite the remote feel of the space, it’s located only about 30 minutes northwest of Tucson.

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Listing agents were only showing to buyers with “proof of funds or private financing,” but Hampton says that there were multiple offers on the structure.

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This silo is no longer for sale, but if you’re in the Tucson area and interested, the Titan II Missile Museum is located nearby.

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Titan II Missile Museum

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