- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A house built by the architect of America’s rocket program during the early years of the space race is for sale in Huntsville, bomb shelter included.

The four-bedroom home of German rocket scientist Wernher Von Braun is on the market for $379,900. It includes the room Von Braun used as his library and the Cold War-era bomb shelter outside.

Real estate agent Julie Lockwood said the house carries such historic appeal she couldn’t miss the chance to sell it.

“Who wouldn’t want to sell Von Braun’s house?” she said. “I mean, if you appreciate history and Huntsville and just the tradition . it’s a rare opportunity. Just to be able to walk in the house, to see the house plans, to see his name on the house plans.”

Situated under giant cedar trees, the three-level house has an Alpine vibe, and Lockwood said it still exhibits a German influence with the vaulted ceilings and large windows.

Von Braun immigrated to the United States after World War II and led a team of German engineers who designed America’s first rockets.

He built the 2,750-square-foot house in 1958 and lived there with his family until moving to Washington, D.C., in 1970. Von Braun donated the home to Alabama’s space museum after that, but it’s been in private hands since 1973.

The Von Braun’s furnishings are still in storage at Redstone Arsenal, site of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Lockwood said a few clients have expressed interest since the house went on sale a week ago.

Ed Buckbee, former CEO of the state-owned U.S. Space and Rocket Center, visited the Von Braun home many times while the family lived there.

“It was crammed full of books and documents,” said Buckbee. ” He was always bringing things home. His briefcase never left the office without being stuffed.”

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