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This $500,000 Houston house comes with its own bomb shelter: Talk about bang for your buck

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16 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 front
Welcome to 5102 Jackwood St. in Meyerland. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
18 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 front courtyard
The walled courtyard adds privacy to the front entrance, as well as creating a lovely view from the inside. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
8 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 breakfast area
The residence offers an open floor plan - great for entertaining. Note: The doorway just left of the kitchen, the exit route to the bomb shelter. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
19 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 kitchen
The kitchen showcases some of the recent upgrades to the home, such as granite countertops, Wolf gas cooktop and more modern appliances. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
24 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 bomb shelter or storage
Welcome to the bomb shelter, with room to accommodate up to 10 people. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
2 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 back yard
The escape hatch peeks out from a bit of landscaping near the edge of the backyard patio. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
1 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 back yard
Another view of the back yard - and the escape hatch. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
10 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 den
The den overlooks the back yard and one of two inner courtyards. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
11 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 den
Looking from the den toward the front of the house. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
15 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 family room
The family room offers a wood-burning fireplace and natural light from another inner courtyard. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
6 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 back
The small garden off the family room brings the outdoors in. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
22 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 master bedroom
The master bedroom is spacious and complete with ceiling fan and large windows. All three bedrooms afford views of outside via oversized windows. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
23 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 master bath
The master bath is refurbished with double sinks and upgraded plumbing fixtures. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
12 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 driveway
The carport provides room for two cars. Photo courtesy of © TK Images
On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. bomb shelter ad
A promotional piece published for the 1955 Parade of Homes with details about the bomb shelter. Houston Home Builders Association
16 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 front
18 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 front courtyard
8 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 breakfast area
19 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 kitchen
24 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 bomb shelter or storage
2 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 back yard
1 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 back yard
10 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 den
11 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 den
15 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 family room
6 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 back
22 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 master bedroom
23 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 master bath
12 On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. April 2014 driveway
On the Market 5102 Jackwood St. bomb shelter ad
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While swimming pools and movie stars may be the claim to fame for some houses, a local Mid-Century mod featured in the 1955 Parade of Homes comes with its own kind of bragging rights.

Designed by the same architecture firm that planned the Astrodome, the house at 5102 Jackwood St. features a very unique bonus — an in-ground bomb shelter.

A bit of background
Located in the Meyerland community, 5102 Jackwood St. was designed by architects with noted firm Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson. Its first-of-its-kind bunker in a spec house was well publicized before and during that 1955 home extravaganza event hosted by the Houston Association of Home Builders. The H-bomb shelter is accessible down a hidden stairway off the kitchen and is still useable today.

 The shelter received high praised by national civil defense experts at the project's introduction. 

Maybe repurpose it for office space, media room, wine vault or just storage space?

The secret space, called the "Para-Cap" shelter, has a parabolic roof and room to accommodate up to 10 people. Erected by Clear Span Engineering Co., the shelter received high praised by national civil defense experts at the project's introduction. The emergency exit in the backyard is now hidden by landscaping, even though the circular eyepiece or telescope for observation is visible.

Walk through
The house at 5102 Jackwood St. sits back on a large lot with even more privacy provided by a walled and gated courtyard before homeowners reach the front entrance. This landscaped garden is visible from inside, creating an indoor-outdoor theme found throughout the house. 

The residence opens to an easy-flow floor plan allowing traffic to move from the entry to family room with wood-burning fireplace to kitchen to dining room, making it a great house for entertaining. Beamed ceiling arrangements accents are above, while underfoot are refinished wood and flagstone floors. The kitchen showcases some of the recent upgrades, such as granite countertops and a Wolf gas cooktop.

Living quarters include three bedrooms with a separate bath for the master bedroom. The second bath is shared by occupants of the other two bedrooms.

Step outside
Front, back and side yards are landscaped for views from within. In fact, the dining room and living room overlook inner courtyards. Mature trees add plentiful shade to the property. A covered carport has room for two parked cars, with a large attached storage area to the side.

Square footage: 2,359

Asking price: $515,000

Listing agent: Nancy Stow, Martha Turner Sotheby's International Realty

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