Billionaires are now splurging in apocalyptic luxury bunkers. What are they?
Entrance to Luxury Survival Condo in Kansas
Where are you going in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Or when the sea level rises and floods your city? Or is there a war and you have to hide? Giving up and submitting to your fate is not the answer. The answer lies underground, in an apocalyptic luxury bunker.
As the world ignites, you can simply retreat to your secluded place, which cannot easily be seen on the face of the Earth. Popularly known as “Doomsday’s luxury bunkers,” these are slowly becoming the talk of the town.
Usually built underground, bunkers are made of thick reinforced concrete walls and are used as a defensive military fortification to protect people and valuables. But now, these survival spaces are becoming the epitome of luxury.
The most popular of these Doomsday Luxury bunkers is the Survival Condo in Kansas. This is an Atlas ICBM missile silo converted into a 15 story underground bunker, which can best be described as something “straight out of a sci-fi movie”.
It offers spacious condos with plenty of amenities including a community pool, dog walking park, rock climbing wall, theater, and even a general store.
According to the website, all of these facilities are underground and surrounded by walls 2.5 to 9 feet thick. While penthouse units inside the property start at $ 4 million, full-story units cost $ 3 million, and half-story units start at $ 1.5 million.
“By starting our project on a formerly used defense site (FUDS), we have a head start of $ 120 million. This project has the advantage of allowing members to have a piece of history, the freshness of ‘a missile base, the protection of a nuclear hardened bunker and the characteristics of a luxury condo,’ according to project owner Larry Hall, who came up with the idea after 9/11.
Another such real estate project – The Oppidum, located in the Czech Republic, claims to be the biggest billionaire bunker in the world. The two-level underground quarters feature a swimming pool, spa, wine cellar, garden with simulated natural light, and medical and surgical facilities, among others.
It covers a total area of 77,500 square feet with 13 foot high ceilings. Built in 1984, at the height of the Cold War, the bunker can house residents for up to 10 years – without the need for external supplies.
In the neighboring country of Germany is the Vivos Europa One, which is aptly named “Noah’s ark of modern times”.
According to the website, this hardened 76-acre above and below ground facility is capable of withstanding a nuclear explosion, direct airliner crash, biological and chemical agents, massive shock, earthquakes, electromagnetic pulses, flooding, and virtually any attack.
The private apartments in the bunker cost more than 2 million euros and the semi-private suites 35,000 euros. A notable feature here is that helicopters belonging to the Vivos Group can be deployed to escort residents from nearby airports to the luxury bunker.
In fact, Robert Vicino, CEO of the group, wants to build a global community of many apocalypse bunkers. Apparently, as the coronavirus infections spread across the world, many Silicon Valley executives fled to the 300-person bunker built by Vivos in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Meanwhile, celebrities like Kim Kardashian have also started “house hunting”! In an episode of her reality TV show, Kardashian said she tested a brand new survival bunker. “2020 has been a really crazy year… so I had to find out about some kind of survival shelter to see what our options are.” Bill Gates would also have bunkers on all of his properties.
So the rich and the rich have a plan when the clock strikes on Judgment Day. Do you?