Billionaires are now splurging on doomsday luxury bunkers. What are they?
Where do you go in case of a zombie apocalypse? Or when the sea level rises and inundates your city? Or there is a war and you need to go into hiding? Giving up and submitting to your fate is not the answer. The answer lies beneath the ground, in a doomsday luxury bunker. While the world goes up in flames, you can simply retreat to your secluded spot, which cannot be easily seen on the face of the Earth. Popularly known as ‘Doomsday Luxury bunkers’, these are slowly becoming the talk of the town. Typically constructed underground, bunkers are made of thick reinforced concrete walls and are used as defensive military fortification to protect people and valued items. But now, these spaces for survival are turning into the epitome of luxury. The most popular of these Doomsday Luxury bunkers is the Survival Condo in Kansas. It is an Atlas ICBM missile silo converted into a 15-story underground bunker, which can be best described as something ‘straight out of a sci-fi movie’. It offers spacious condos with many amenities including a community swimming pool, dog walking park, rock climbing wall, theatre, and even a general store.According to the website, all of these facilities are underground and encompassed by walls that are 2.5 – 9 feet thick. While the penthouse units inside the property start at $4 million, the full-floor units cost $3 million and the half-floor units start at $1.5 million. "By starting our project at a Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS), we have a $120 million dollar head start. This project has the advantages of letting the members own a piece of history, the coolness of a missile base, the protection of a nuclear hardened bunker, and the features of a luxury condo,” as per project owner Larry Hall, who got the idea after 9/11. Another such real estate project – The Oppidum, located in the Czech Republic, claims to be the largest billionaire bunker in the world. The two-tier underground quarters feature a swimming pool, a spa, wine cellar, garden with simulated natural light, and medical and surgical facilities, among other things. It covers a total space of 77,500 sq ft with 13 foot high ceilings. Constructed during 1984, at the height of the Cold War, the bunker can provide accommodation to residents for up to 10 years - without the need for external supplies. In the neighbouring country of Germany lies the Vivos Europa One, which has aptly named itself ‘The Modern Day Noah’s Ark.’According to the website, this 76-acre above and below ground hardened facility is capable of withstanding a nuclear blast, a direct airliner crash, biological and chemical agents, massive shock waves, earthquakes, electro-magnetic pulses, flooding, and virtually any armed attack. Private apartments in the bunker cost upwards of €2 million and semi-private suites are €35,000. A standout feature here is that the helicopters owned by the Vivos Group can be deployed to escort the residents from the nearby airports to the luxury bunker. In fact, Robert Vicino, CEO of the group, wants to build a global community of many such apocalypse bunkers. Reportedly, when coronavirus infections tore 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 to ‘house hunt’! In an episode of her reality TV show, Kardashian said she has tested out a brand-new survival bunker. "2020 has been a really crazy year… so, I had to look into some kind of survival shelters to see what our options are." Bill Gates is also rumored to have bunkers at all his properties. So, the rich and the wealthy have a plan when the clock strikes doomsday. Do you?