Josh Duhamel showed off his doomsday-inspired lakeside estate in a new episode of In depth with Graham Bensinger.
The 50-year-old actor revealed he owns a remote lakeside cabin in Minnesota, which is equipped with survival gear including three wells and food plots.
The Shotgun Wedding star recalls first purchasing the 26-acre estate about 15 years ago when his father took him to the “tropical paradise,” which he says he likes because it’s “away from it all.”
In self-appointed preparation for doomsday, he also built two cabins, an outdoor sauna and functional outbuildings on his lake property.
During the same interview, he opened up about his traumatic upbringing and also revealed the real reason why he split from his ex-wife, Fergie, after eight years of marriage.
Self-proclaimed doomsday prepper: Josh Duhamel, 50, showed off his doomsday-inspired lakeside estate in a new episode of In Depth With Graham Bensinger
Bolthole: The 50-year-old actor revealed he owns a remote lake cabin in Minnesota and is prepared with survival gear
Self-sufficient: The property has three wells
“This is where I get a lot of joy,” he said of how the lush greenery and lake are healing for him.
He said he acquired the first half of the property for $75,000 and later expanded it with more land for $100,000.
He said the total value must be so much higher now because he has invested so much time and money into the property.
He also had the original buildings converted into ‘Four Seasons Compared to Before’.
The All My Children alumnus said how much the property is worth now “doesn’t matter” to him as he has no plans to ever sell it.
As for why he built and prepared the resources on his property in this way, he said that he not only wanted to be prepared for anything, but also wanted to have a place to relax in nature.
“We live in a very delicate society where (if) we lose our cell phones, we will lose our damn minds,” he said, adding that it is frightening to think that we will not be able to get fuel come or food.
“I just wanted a place where I could get away for a while until things get back to normal,” he added.
Lakefront property: The actor revealed he owns a remote lakeside cabin in Minnesota and is prepared with survival gear, including three water wells and food plots
His Favorite Getaway: The Shotgun Wedding star recalled first purchasing the 26-acre property about 15 years ago when his father took him to the “tropical paradise,” which he said he likes because it’s “away from everything is.
Well prepared: In self-proclaimed preparation for doomsday, he also built two cabins, an outdoor sauna and functional outbuildings on his lake property. He showed the host one of the many springs he has on the property, saying he wants to be prepared to have plenty of water on hand in case of an emergency.
Lavish cabin: He also gave Bensinger a tour of the first cabin he bought 15 years ago and rebuilt over the years
His year-long project: he showed the many survival tools on the vast 26-acre estate
Cozy interior: He showed off the warm and cozy interior of the cabin, which he shares with his wife Audra Mari
Vintage decor: In his home he displayed wallpaper with vintage newspaper advertisements from the 1950s, which he found in the cabin and used as decoration
Multiple Cabins: On site he also has a second guest cabin with a beautiful view of the lake
Expansion: He explained that he purchased the second cabin and adjacent land for $100,000 to expand his property to 26 acres
Red Cab: In the video he said that the cabin was originally this bright red color, which caught his eye. He converted the cabin into a guest house
Rustic bathroom: During the clip, he showed Bensinger the fully functional outhouse – which he explained is quite a walk from the main cabin and used to be the only toilet on site
Original outbuilding: He also said that the outbuilding was part of the property and that he did not change it
Where he likes to relax: He explained that the lush greenery ‘brings me a lot of joy’
Waterfront Property: Its cabins are located next to a large lake surrounded by lush trees
Taking a dip: He likes to swim in the lake regularly, as he demonstrated in the video
Playing in the water: He also owns several recreational watercraft, such as a jet ski – which he also demonstrated in the video
He shares the property with his wife, Audra Mari, 29 – who is currently expecting their second child together and is 21 years his junior
“Who knows if that will ever happen, but it’s fun,” he continued. “It’s fun to pretend it’s going to happen.”
“I’m scared of having to move here and live off the land,” he told Bensinger. “I don’t know if that will ever happen, but I feel like it’s a skill I have to learn.”
The Transformers vet reflected on his traumatic upbringing, recalling a time when his father was homeless during his parents’ divorce.
He also talked about preparing to welcome his second child with his wife, Audra Mari.