Property news: WW2 bunkers with no windows being sold off as homes


Officials had considered turning a line of bunkers in the city into a museum – but were put off by the estimated  €1 million (£897,000) cost.

Instead they decided to sell the bunkers – which once formed part of the Soviet Union’s Molotov Line – as potential homes priced at €14,000 to €18,000 (£12,500-16,100).

One advertisement reads: “We are selling a house, 38 square metres (409 square feet), one floor with a penthouse, two rooms. 

“Year of building is 1940. There is a large private courtyard.” 

The ad suggested that the building was well situated for leisure and transport, being alongside a river and close to a bus stop.

It continued: “External and internal walls, as well as the roof are made of concrete, a thickness of 1.8 metres (5 ft 11 ins). 

“The building is without windows, there are only holes.”

Local media reports that Neringa is not the first Latvian city to sell off WW2 bunkers as homes and that it has become something of a national trend.

Latvia has an estimated 300 WW2 bunkers and development experts say they could be converted into suitable homes – despite their austere appearance.

The so-called Molotov Line was a fortified line of defence built by the Soviet Union in the early 1940s which stretched from the Baltic Sea to the Carpathian Mountains.



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