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Well, if Doomsday Preppers is to be believed, each container costs between $2500 and $4000. Depending on how many you need, the cost of land, and the amount you spend to outfit it, some of which you could possibly do yourself if you have the skill set, the cost of transport to site, any excavation, or crane to put one atop another if above ground.... I'd have to say... I don't have a clue. Surely less than the cost of building a house, or buying one on the regular market. But you can get a suburban or rural house on the cheap now if you use the foreclosure market to draw from. But, it bears thinking about anyway.

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I just looked them up on eBay, and survival101's estimate sounds about right. Check out the idea for using containers as condos on this site:

 

http://dornob.com/diy-used-cargo-homes-shipping-container-house-plans/

 

They are each mounted around a spiral tower, so if you "buy a condo" you actually just buy its platform and then create your own container home off-site and have it delivered. Wonder how defensible this kind of structure could wind up being if TSHTF? It's certainly not low-profile, but you could definitely have a fortified entrance and a 360-degree view for picking off people who try to breach it. You could even create greenhouses for growing fresh food, probably house chickens there, too, if you didn't trust the security of doing it down on the ground. And clearly, you can STORE stuff in the containers, too. LOL

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How about this for daydreamers - a 40+-acre survivalist retreat recently built on land that was homesteaded in the late 1880s with orchards that date back to 1910, established gardens, abundant game and timber, gravity-fed water that would allow you to still shower if the grid went down, and utterly surrounded on all sides by national forest?

 

http://eugene.craigslist.org/reo/3006314851.html

 

For what it is, it's not even that expensive. The surrounding area can be a little off-putting - it has that "deliverance" feel if you get too far off the highway - but that could likely work in your favor since there won't be a lot of people heading your way after a major event.

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How about this for daydreamers - a 40+-acre survivalist retreat recently built on land that was homesteaded in the late 1880s with orchards that date back to 1910, established gardens, abundant game and timber, gravity-fed water that would allow you to still shower if the grid went down, and utterly surrounded on all sides by national forest?

 

http://eugene.craigslist.org/reo/3006314851.html[/u

 

For what it is, it's not even that expensive. The surrounding area can be a little off-putting - it has that "deliverance" feel if you get too far off the highway - but that could likely work in your favor since there won't be a lot of people heading your way after a major event.

 

I could go for this for sure. Something I always wanted.

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I could go for this for sure. Something I always wanted.

 

I know! It's obvious from the description (where they describe it as a "survivalist retreat") that this was set up explicitly with SHTF scenarios in mind. The basement is unfinished and looks like it could be part of the original homestead, so it's possible that could be made into serious storage for supplies. And they are including all sorts of things with the property, like a tractor, backhoe, fuel storage, welder, car lifts for working on vehicles, all of the farm implements, four years' worth of corded wood, and so on, that would take some serious effort to track down on your own right away.

 

It does make me wonder, though, if they spent so much time and effort to get this set up, why they are leaving it now.

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It does make me wonder, though, if they spent so much time and effort to get this set up, why they are leaving it now.

 

Makes me wonder also, but it could be in probate or something. Who knows?

 

Hello I'm new to the forum but I saw this the other day. When I saw this post I had to share. This may be the ultimate home though. http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/...e-with-runway/

 

Somebody has gone and stole my place and moved it to NY! Oopps, that said a runway, I got a driveway.

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It does make me wonder, though, if they spent so much time and effort to get this set up, why they are leaving it now.

 

Timing is everything. In seven months the prepping craze will be over, and it will just be another, very small farm. May as well try to market it to the widest audience they'll have in the near future.

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I am fairly sure that the big event is some time off so I would not sell off everything for some years

to come in fact i figure it would be in a couple of years more like late 2014 to 2015 I think they can

keep it together with spit and glue until then, but not much longer.

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I don't disagree with you at all, Snake. Just like Y2K, "fad preppers" dropped out of the market after the world didn't end. I don't think they are survivalists. They want to "scale down and travel," according to the ad. So it could be market timing for them

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Cool Snake did you see the one overseas military had sandbags of rock around it to protect from incoming hostile fire. I need to invent something like that that actually looks beautiful so the guys can do this who are struggling on bringing the wife along. Hmmmm.... I'll be thinking. It would be nice if you could use rip rap so the supplies would be cheap. But, I guess rocks have more density.

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I need to invent something like that that actually looks beautiful so the guys can do this who are struggling on bringing the wife along. Hmmmm.... I'll be thinking. It would be nice if you could use rip rap so the supplies would be cheap. But, I guess rocks have more density.

 

Maybe what is needed are fiberglass or other lightweight forms that could be used to create a "stone retaining wall" look, and then filled in with sand/sandbags and finished off with brick, riprap, or other more attractive exteriors? Imagine having a bunch of varying straight and curved pieces so that you can create a border of the correct lengths/widths to suit your own building's needs. You bolt the pieces together when you have them the way you want them, and then line the interior with something like sand or dirt for density and riprap to repel energy waves/water. You'd obviously need to research how thick the interior piece needed to be in order to stop different calibers.

 

Here's sort of what I would figure the cross-section of this would look like, with the orange/purple/green parts all being basically one piece (except the top, which would need to be added after being filled).

 

post-1867-13851498033146_thumb.jpg

 

Come to think of it, if you assembled them in rectangles (instead of just in a line), it could even function as a raised bed in the inside with some good soil, so you could plant something decorative or something functional in terms of food or repelling attackers.

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Cool Snake did you see the one overseas military had sandbags of rock around it to protect from incoming hostile fire. I need to invent something like that that actually looks beautiful so the guys can do this who are struggling on bringing the wife along. Hmmmm.... I'll be thinking. It would be nice if you could use rip rap so the supplies would be cheap. But, I guess rocks have more density.

 

Just use old tires and build an expanded wire form and use concrete and lath it so it looks like a

planter box fill with pea gravel it will last for years paint it to suit your home you can put potted

plants in them so they are functional planters.

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