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For Sale...Doomsday preppers pipe dream
« on: January 29, 2019, 05:13:51 AM »
Comes with your own gold mine.

Doomsday preppers pipe dream: Off-the-grid fortress in the middle of the Nevada desert, three hours away from Las Vegas, goes on sale for $950,000 - and comes with TWO vintage organs
The Hard Luck Castle combines elements of the Wild West with a modern-day castle
Encompassing 40 acres of land and 8,000 square feet of living space in the private Nevada wilderness
The four-story, 22-room, property is self-sustainable and completely off the power grid


By JAMES GORDON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 01:42 EST, 26 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:38 EST, 26 January 2019

An huge fortress spread over 8,000-square-feet and set on 40 acres of land in the Nevada desert some three hours drive away from Las Vegas could be yours for $950,000.

The home, which has been nicknamed, the Hard Luck Castle has four-bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The fortress is most unusual with a design that is more akin to a science-fiction film set than a secluded hideaway. 

Its walls along are 16 inches thick and are built around the home in a perfect circle with a spiral staircase allowing residents to access all four floors. 

'It's absolutely amazing,' says listing agent Jake Rasmuson of Bishop Real Estate. 'You have to picture the middle of Nevada...your views are completely uninterrupted. 

This four-story, 22-room, 8,000-square-foot castle for sale for $900,000 in the Nevada desert is the perfect retreat
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This four-story, 22-room, 8,000-square-foot castle for sale for $900,000 in the Nevada desert is the perfect retreat

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The property is an enormous, privately owned fortress with 16-inch-thick concrete walls and self-sustained energy systems using solar and wind, and with a 4,000-gallon water storage/rain catchment system

The owner has added two enormous, vintage pipe organs which resonate through the halls when played
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The owner has added two enormous, vintage pipe organs which resonate through the halls when played

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The castle is owned by Randy Johnson, a former builder and craftsman who lived in Southern California and Lake Tahoe

The main house is made up from 22 rooms that include a theater, wine cellar and games room. There is even a pipe organ build in the 1920s that blasts notes throughout the home when played according to SFGate

The former owner was a builder from Southern California who decided to settle down in the tiny town of Gold Point in Esmeralda County.

Just six people live in was is essentially a ghost town. Naturally the home comes with privacy and very few laws for the private land. 

It took $3 million and more than a decade for the homeowner to complete his plan - and now he feels that it is time to move on.

'He built it all himself with help from friends ,' says listing agent. He's a guy who can fix or do anything. He's an amazing craftsman, but he's ready to give up the property. Purchase a boat and start a new chapter in his life.'

The castle is completely self sustaining and off the grid. Power comes from batteries charged by solar and wind energy to power the home theater and Vegas-style slot machine
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The castle is completely self sustaining and off the grid. Power comes from batteries charged by solar and wind energy to power the home theater and Vegas-style slot machine

The main home includes two 1920s pipe organs and comes partially furnished with antiques
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The main home includes two 1920s pipe organs and comes partially furnished with antiques

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The pipes of the organ dominate the decor in the home, while the bathroom looks distinctly ordinary 

Hard Luck Mine Castle is surrounded by nothing but the Nevada desert for miles. The home is located at 6,000 feet atop Gold Mountain 35 miles south of Goldfield, Nevada
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Hard Luck Mine Castle is surrounded by nothing but the Nevada desert for miles. The home is located at 6,000 feet atop Gold Mountain 35 miles south of Goldfield, Nevada

The Hard Luck Castle was constructed between 2000 and 2012 with engineering that is designed to last 400 to 500 years, according to the property listing
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The Hard Luck Castle was constructed between 2000 and 2012 with engineering that is designed to last 400 to 500 years, according to the property listing

The property also comes with a gold mine, which was closed at the end of WWII but is “still high in gold content”
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The property also comes with a gold mine, which was closed at the end of WWII but is 'still high in gold content'

From the outside it is possible to see just how truly remote the property is with nothing in the area for miles around
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From the outside it is possible to see just how truly remote the property is with nothing in the area for miles around

The Hard Luck Castle was constructed between 2000 and 2012 with engineering that is designed to last 400 to 500 years according to the listing. 

It's made from steel, concrete, cinder block and glass. More than seven tons of rebar and 24,000 bricks were used to build the castle.

The property is completely off-the-grid with electricity generated using solar and wind power. Water comes from a 4,000 gallon storage tank that collects rainwater. 

In front of the Hard Luck Castle, there is a tall, white compass. Each of the presidents names are listed in descending order
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In front of the Hard Luck Castle, there is a tall, white compass. Each of the presidents names are listed in descending order

Although it is miles away from anywhere, interested people can view the home for a $10 fee and receive a guided tour 
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Although it is miles away from anywhere, interested people can view the home for a $10 fee and receive a guided tour 

The Hard Luck Mine is a unique property that can provide for an escape, retreat, or remote compound for any individual or group desiring the ultimate in remote privacy and looking to disappear from society
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The Hard Luck Mine is a unique property that can provide for an escape, retreat, or remote compound for any individual or group desiring the ultimate in remote privacy and looking to disappear from society

The central living space in the Hard Luck Mine Castle is dominated by the enormous pipes of the organ
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The central living space in the Hard Luck Mine Castle is dominated by the enormous pipes of the organ

A 600-square-foot workshop is also included on site allowing for the homeowner to get to grips with their DIY skills
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A 600-square-foot workshop is also included on site allowing for the homeowner to get to grips with their DIY skills

Also included in the residence is a 600-square-foot workshop complete with tools. There is even a dormant gold mine close by which, according to legend, still contains gold.

'In a lot of ways, it's a 'doomsday prepper' dream home...extremely self-sustaining and secure.'

Rasmusson told SFGate that he could see 'an astrologist, an artists, a writer, a musician, a poet, someone who really wants peace and quiet and wants two pipe organs in their home' taking up residence in the future. 

Round and round: The four-story and 8,000-square-foot home features an awe-inspiring spiral staircase through the center of the building 
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Round and round: The four-story and 8,000-square-foot home features an awe-inspiring spiral staircase through the center of the building 

Accepting offers: Johnston continues to list the home for sale on his website, but says he hasn't received many phone calls from interested buyers lately 
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Accepting offers: Johnston continues to list the home for sale on his website, but says he hasn't received many phone calls from interested buyers lately 

The view: Rusty Johnston, 69, named the home Hard Luck Mine Castle, after the 19th century mine on the property 
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The view: Rusty Johnston, 69, named the home Hard Luck Mine Castle, after the 19th century mine on the property 

"It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse." -Ezra Pound

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Re: For Sale...Doomsday preppers pipe dream
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2019, 06:23:23 AM »
Future location for a better version of Stephen King's Gunslinger movie?

Perfect? Let see. Middle of a desert where it's already bone dry and now getting worse. No, not in my opinion. Not even close to perfect.

Habitable, maybe. Now anyway. Probably not in the future.
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Re: For Sale...Doomsday preppers pipe dream
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2019, 06:35:21 AM »
Future location for a better version of Stephen King's Gunslinger movie?

Perfect? Let see. Middle of a desert where it's already bone dry and now getting worse. No, not in my opinion. Not even close to perfect.

Habitable, maybe. Now anyway. Probably not in the future.

I didn't think it would change your mind from a sailaway habitat.

Maybe if it had a crypto mine instead of a played-out gold mine...
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2019, 07:55:10 AM »
Future location for a better version of Stephen King's Gunslinger movie?

Perfect? Let see. Middle of a desert where it's already bone dry and now getting worse. No, not in my opinion. Not even close to perfect.

Habitable, maybe. Now anyway. Probably not in the future.

I didn't think it would change your mind from a sailaway habitat.

Maybe if it had a crypto mine instead of a played-out gold mine...

Crypto mining, like gold mining, has a very limited future. Mined coins like BTC will not persist over the long run, for several reasons.
What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2019, 08:08:28 AM »
Comes with your own gold mine.

Doomsday preppers pipe dream: Off-the-grid fortress in the middle of the Nevada desert,

Nice choice of locations.  Plenty of WATER::)

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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2019, 02:26:20 PM »
I actually love the location.  ;)
As a lover of Edward Abbey and having lived in the outskirts of Reno, I loved the desert. Not many people to screw up your beautiful vistas and the night sky is phenomenal. You can just get high looking at the sky. Of course when temps start getting up to 130o that gold mine environment might look nice. BUT YOU'RE RIGHT RE. Water would be a long term problem and growing enough to live on might be also be problematic.
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2019, 03:25:39 PM »
I actually love the location.  ;)
As a lover of Edward Abbey and having lived in the outskirts of Reno, I loved the desert. Not many people to screw up your beautiful vistas and the night sky is phenomenal. You can just get high looking at the sky. Of course when temps start getting up to 130o that gold mine environment might look nice. BUT YOU'RE RIGHT RE. Water would be a long term problem and growing enough to live on might be also be problematic.
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You couldn't pay me enough to live in the fucking desert.  I wouldn't take that Doomstead even it somebody handed it to me for free.

Give me the Glaciers.  They'll be spilling water well into your grandchildren's lives.


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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2019, 06:51:27 PM »
I actually love the location.  ;)
As a lover of Edward Abbey and having lived in the outskirts of Reno, I loved the desert. Not many people to screw up your beautiful vistas and the night sky is phenomenal. You can just get high looking at the sky. Of course when temps start getting up to 130o that gold mine environment might look nice. BUT YOU'RE RIGHT RE. Water would be a long term problem and growing enough to live on might be also be problematic.
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always loved Edward abbey. There are a fair bit of humidity harvesters out there. The cactus do it, the beetles do it. You could have a modest source of water. The relative humidity is low but there is water in the air.Think of the limitless solar potential!!! Not my cup of tea but the challenges are intriguing... Think of it like colonizing Mars on earth.
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2019, 04:53:02 AM »
Robert Zubrin (Mars Direct) had a lot about harvesting water from the Martian atmosphere. Solar stills are relatively easy and would be a constant source of water (considering climate change is adding moisture to the atmosphere). I suspect this property probably relies on harvesting the desert monsoons (which are moving north as the Hadley cells shift northward). I still love the desert but the habitability is going to depend on the nighttime temps. If they increase substantially you would be screwed.
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2019, 05:21:34 AM »
Robert Zubrin (Mars Direct) had a lot about harvesting water from the Martian atmosphere. Solar stills are relatively easy and would be a constant source of water (considering climate change is adding moisture to the atmosphere). I suspect this property probably relies on harvesting the desert monsoons (which are moving north as the Hadley cells shift northward). I still love the desert but the habitability is going to depend on the nighttime temps. If they increase substantially you would be screwed.
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To condense water you have to have a moisture and temperature situation that produces dew. No dew, no condensate water from passive means. We don't have dew here on a reliable basis, so it doesn't work. I'm not sure about the Mojave, but I know it's very dry. I'm sure that roadside attraction runs on catchment.

A few years ago when I was working on my PDC, I calculated that normal agriculture would be possible here with about half the normal rainfall, if catchment were optimized. Roughly 17-18 inches/per year is a rough guideline for being able to grow crops outdoors here.

Catchment is new here, but it's the future. I have a small pre-fab catchment/reservoir on my place for wildlife.
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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2019, 05:35:27 AM »
Robert Zubrin (Mars Direct) had a lot about harvesting water from the Martian atmosphere. Solar stills are relatively easy and would be a constant source of water (considering climate change is adding moisture to the atmosphere). I suspect this property probably relies on harvesting the desert monsoons (which are moving north as the Hadley cells shift northward). I still love the desert but the habitability is going to depend on the nighttime temps. If they increase substantially you would be screwed.
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To condense water you have to have a moisture and temperature situation that produces dew. No dew, no condensate water from passive means. We don't have dew here on a reliable basis, so it doesn't work. I'm not sure about the Mojave, but I know it's very dry. I'm sure that roadside attraction runs on catchment.

A few years ago when I was working on my PDC, I calculated that normal agriculture would be possible here with about half the normal rainfall, if catchment were optimized. Roughly 17-18 inches/per year is a rough guideline for being able to grow crops outdoors here.

Catchment is new here, but it's the future. I have a small pre-fab catchment/reservoir on my place for wildlife.
I've been reading about beaver reintroduction 8n the southwest. Same idea natural catchment builders. Fascinating. The water harvesters I looked up were active so small scale for personal use not row crops. I have no desire to live in the desert just working the problem. Ok I'm going back to my grits with wood ash now.
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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2019, 06:51:03 AM »
I've been reading about beaver reintroduction 8n the southwest. Same idea natural catchment builders. Fascinating. The water harvesters I looked up were active so small scale for personal use not row crops. I have no desire to live in the desert just working the problem. Ok I'm going back to my grits with wood ash now.
http://circleranchtx.com/beaver-back-to-the-future/
I was wondering about that... the government can stop YOU from damming up a stream, but what are they going to say if a beaver does it?  Even if you happen to be the one who surreptitiously introduced the beaver to the area....  :icon_mrgreen:
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« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2019, 07:37:20 AM »
I've been reading about beaver reintroduction 8n the southwest. Same idea natural catchment builders. Fascinating. The water harvesters I looked up were active so small scale for personal use not row crops. I have no desire to live in the desert just working the problem. Ok I'm going back to my grits with wood ash now.
http://circleranchtx.com/beaver-back-to-the-future/
I was wondering about that... the government can stop YOU from damming up a stream, but what are they going to say if a beaver does it?  Even if you happen to be the one who surreptitiously introduced the beaver to the area....  :icon_mrgreen:

Beavers are coming back without help in Texas. I spent a lot of time in the woods as a kid and never saw a beaver. Now they're getting pretty common in the part of East Texas where I grew up. I don't think we have any this far west.
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