15. A Homeowner in Norway Found a WWII Era Jewish Hiding Spot in the Attic
Many of you are familiar with the story of the Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, where a Jewish family hid in the attic during the Holocaust in order to avoid capture for as long as they possibly could. Obviously, they were not the only family to do so. There have been countless stories about people who had to hide from their captors, like the story of Elsa Koditschek.
In the Netherlands, someone purchased a house, and discovered this secret room in a wing of the attic that had been left untouched for decades. The sign roughly translates to, “If you have a bad stomach, you don’t have access.” There was also a light alarm that was triggered every time someone entered the attic. Since this was posted on Reddit, there aren’t any more details for us to go on. However, it’s likely that there are many hidden spaces like this left in Europe that are still undiscovered.
14. Squatter Used a Secret Room to Live in the Basement
This next story is incredibly creepy, and shows the downside to having a cool secret room or doorway in your house. According to a YouTuber called Mr. Nightmare, he found a story shared on Reddit. A group of college kids were living together in a rental house, when they started to hear noises in the middle of the night. They were all living on their own for the first time, and didn’t know what it could possibly be. So they assumed that maybe there were old pipes in the house, and ignored it. What was harder to ignore was that they would find the cabinet and pantry doors left open in the morning, even though they knew they closed them at night. At first, they debated if the house was haunted.
It wasn’t until the students went into their basement before they realized what was going on. They found a false wall in their basement that revealed a secret room. A squatter was living there rent-free, and was even stealing their food at night! They managed to get this man to leave the house without calling the police. Then, they posted photos on Reddit. Obviously, you can never be sure if these stories are true or not. But there have been plenty of true stories of people living in an attic for years without getting caught. So this isn’t as crazy as you might think.
Anyone who is a fan of The Lord of the Rings already knows about the iconic circular Hobbit doors. One homeowner in Hidden Meadow, Pennsylvania decided to build a custom Hobbit door onto their home office. While this wasn’t exactly a secret room, you would be forgiven if you thought that a door like this was decorative, rather than functional. The house sold quickly for $5.8 million, most likely to another Tolkein fan.
Normally, we would suggest that over-customizing is something that would actually devalue your home. However, in this case, this circular door was cool, even if you have never seen Lord of the Rings. Clearly, the buyer thought that this added to the charm of the home, and it worked out very well.
This next secret room idea is not in one location, but rather a concept that a lot of people have used in their houses. Some of you might have seen new houses built in California where they have a gorgeous wine cellar underneath the staircase. However, not everyone wants their wine to be shown out in the open. This is especially true if you have an expensive collection that you want to keep safe. Traditionally, in Europe, wine collections were kept in the cellar. So it only makes sense that some people out there prefer to keep their wine in a secret room.
These two pictures are not in the same house, obviously. But it’s a trend I have seen again and again in hidden rooms and spaces. Clearly, people like this idea of having an underground spiral staircase leading to their wine cellar. In theory, this should also keep your wine cool.
11. Harry Potter Kids Secret Room Has a Hidden Door Behind a Bookshelf
Cape Cod is a popular tourist destination for anyone who is looking to spend time on the beach. At $695 per night, this rental is no joke. Most of the time, families will get together and split the cost of a large house like this, bringing cousins together for a great vacation. This is why the kid’s bedroom comes with three bunk beds, as well as two against the ceiling awnings, making a total of 8 beds. What makes it even better is that it’s a Harry Potter themed room. Hogwarts banners are flying across the ceiling, so kids can pretend that they’re living in the dorm of their favorite house.
If you didn’t think a Harry Potter room was already cool as it is, there is an added bonus to this room. Hiding behind the bookshelf is a secret room! Since this bedroom appears to be in the attic, it makes sense that there was an extra hidden storage space. The only trouble is that it looks so small, only the youngest kids could fit inside. It’s still something magical that your kids would remember for the rest of their lives, if you and your family could afford this Cape Code vacation rental.
10. There is a Secret Cinema Hiding Behind This Tardis
Anyone who has seen the TV series Doctor Who is already familiar with The Tardis. Just in case you aren’t, this is a blue police box commonly seen in the UK, but it’s actually a gigantic time travel machine once you get inside. A company called Gramophone Home Theater is behind this creation. On the outside, it just looks like a life-sized Tardis owned by a Dr. Who fan. But once you open the door, you realize it’s a doorway to a secret cinema room.
Similar to the secret Batcave cinema mentioned earlier, this is a really fun way to reveal to your guests that you have an entire movie theater hiding somewhere in your house! And if you were feeling paranoid about burglars stealing your expensive equipment, this might also be a clever way to ramp up your home security system.
9. This “Hacker Hideout” is Like Something Out of a Movie
Whenever you see computer programmers or hackers in movies or TV shows like Mr. Robot, they always have the coolest hideouts. In reality, most developers work from home, and they have normal home offices just like anyone else. However, a highly successful programmer named Ed Skoudis decided to make his own Steampunk inspired office in his home.
The office door is hidden behind a bookcase with a suit of armor. There is a secret hole that unlocks a bolt and lets you inside. Because of that bolt, this also doubles as a panic room. But once you’re inside, there is plenty of space for Ed and his team to work.
8. This Person’s Hidden Wine Room is Behind the Bookcase
This home in Tacoma, Washington just seems like your average 4-bedroom American house. That is, until you realize that there is an entire hidden wine room behind the living room bookshelf! Earlier on this list, we mentioned how wine cellars are traditionally in the basement. However, a lot of people are getting creative when it comes to hiding their stash.
Obviously, a project like this wouldn’t be worth it unless you had an incredibly expensive wine collection. However, this could also serve as a panic room, if you were afraid of burglars coming in your house. Something like this is likely to be completely missed if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
If you’re a book lover, you have probably dreamed of having your own library your entire life. (Myself included.) This particular property that was designed by Peter Pennoyer Architects shows an amazingly unique teal colored library. If that wasn’t cool enough on its own, this library has a secret room.
Hidden behind one of the many bookshelves is a bathroom. So if you’re busy reading books all day, at least you have somewhere to relieve yourself without taking away from the aesthetic of the room! Personally, I love this. It makes the library feel even more magical than it already did before.
6. This 90’s Style AirBnB Has a Secret Room for Guests
They say that you should give your guests more than what they expect. A secret room you’ll have to see for yourself. On AirBnB, there is a house that is totally made over to pay homage to the 90’s. The kitchen is modeled after Saved by the Bell, and you also see nods to The Simpsons, Rugrats, The Power Rangers, and more.
Guests who have stayed at this AirBnB have reported that there is a secret room that isn’t featured in the listing photos. You just have to find it once you arrive! Not only is the theme really fun on its own, but if you have kids, finding a hidden room makes this experience even more special.
5. Like Secret Rooms? In Paris, There Are Entire Fake Buildings
Here on this list, we’ve talked a lot about secret rooms. But what about secret buildings? In Paris, there are entire buildings that are actually fake. For the most part, they are hiding ventilation shafts for the subway, which helps to make the city look just as beautiful and historic as it once did before the modern Metro was built. If you’re familiar with New York City, you already know that they don’t bother to hide the industrial aspects of how the city runs. But in Paris, they’re always trying to make things look pretty.
On a YouTube channel called The Tim Traveller, he shows several facades, or fake buildings in Paris. Some of them blend in very well, while others are rather obvious that they’re fake. One of my personal favorites is 29 rue Quincampoix, which has painted windows, rather than real ones. From a distance, this house might look real. But once you get up close, you’ll realize that it’s very obviously fake. This opitcal illusion is great, and proves how things can be hidden in plain sight.
4. These Homeowners Went Above and Beyond to Hide Their Media Room
In Feng Shui, they advise against having a TV in a lot of spaces. And many of you might know at least one person who wants a formal living room where they don’t have a TV at all. So, how do you enjoy movies and video games? One home owner decided that the solution to the problem was to create a secret media room. At first glance, this home designed by DeForest Architects looks like something out of a magazine.
Most people would already love to live in this house. But behind the bookshelf, there is a door that swings into the secret room. Beyond is a media room where the kids are free to keep their video games, DVD’s TV, and more. To me, this like like a dream come true. You get the best of both worlds when it comes to keeping your living room perfectly clean, while still giving your kids a fun place to let loose.
3. This Luxurious Staircase is Hiding a Fun Playroom
When you first walk into this house by Von Fitz Design, you would be forgiven if you totally miss the small door under the stairs. With the sweeping staircase, light fixtures, and industrial farmhouse charm, there is so much to visually take in. Clearly, these people took put a lot of time and money into creating their dream house. But they haven’t forgotten about making it fun for their kids, too.
When you go underneath the stairs, you’ll see a hidden playroom with toy blocks, a rug, pillows, and a piece of art that says “Every brother is a superhero”. This is a great way to keep a lot of toys hidden from the main entryway, which helps to keep the home looking like something out of a magazine. And when the child grows up and can start having friends over, it’s going to be the perfect place for them to play hide-and-go-seek.
If you have guns at home, it’s always important to keep them in a safe, so that your kids don’t get ahold of them. For this home owner, they went above and beyond by keeping their guns in a hidden room behind their massive bookshelf. Two bookshelves swing open to reveal a heavy bank vault door. You need to know how to open the door in order to gain access.
This is like having double security. Most likely, this homeowner also keeps other valuables in this safe beyond just their guns. This home was custom designed by an architectural firm called Creative Home Engineering. The company specializes in building hidden rooms in your home. So if you have the budget to build something like this, be sure to check them out.
If you want a secret room in your house to keep your valuables safe, this next idea is pure genius. A design firm called Creative Home Engineering specializes in hidden walls and rooms that can be constructed in your house. They sell several different versions of floor-length mirrors that are actually doorways. This is a brilliant idea, because most people would never think twice about seeing a large mirror in someone’s living room, bathroom, or bedroom. But in reality, it’s a portal to a hidden space.
In the photo above, you can see this luxurious mirror is actually a door into the master closet. If you have a lot of valuable clothing and purses that you want to protect, this could be a great way to hide them from potential burglars. It’s also more aesthetically pleasing and utilitarian to see a beautiful mirror where you can get ready in the morning, instead of a door that isn’t really serving a purpose. A mirror door like this cold also serve as a perfect hiding spot, in case you ever needed to conceal yourself during a break-in.