With all of the constant political instability in the world, it’s hard not to occasionally wonder about the possibility of some sort of nuclear apocalypse. While the average person probably isn’t prioritizing building a bunker to protect themselves against said apocalypse, billionaires are purchasing the most insane bunkers that are fit for royalty. You're really not going to believe some of these...
The present day is starting to feel a bit like the Cold War, when people were afraid of a nuclear blowout between the US and the Soviet Union. Back then, people had bleak concrete and metal bunkers to protect them against impending doom. “The truth is mankind cannot survive long-term in such a Spartan, bleak environment,” said Robert Vicino, a real estate entrepreneur and CEO of developer Vivos.
Vicino has compared designing the units in Vivos to building and designing yachts. “Most of these people have high-end yachts, so they already have the relationship and they know the taste, fit, and finish that they want,” he said. Each unit comes completely empty and ready to be renovated to suit each owner’s aesthetic.
These high-end bunkers are nicer than the vast majority of expensive homes. Many have gyms, indoor pools and movie theaters to name just a few things. Vivos’ bunkers are, according to their website, “like a very comfortable four-star hotel.”
Vicino also says that his Vivos complex includes a tram system to transport residents throughout the complex. They can visit coffee shops, a movie theater or restaurants that are located in the bunker. Essentially, the bunkers can function as a safe haven from nuclear war, or simply as a vacation home for extremely wealthy people.
Believe it or not, there is currently quite a demand for high-end bunkers. It’s rumored that many celebrities have secret bunkers in order to house their families and staff in case of a catastrophic event. To put the numbers in perspective, Gary Lynch, General Manager of Rising S, says that since the 2016 presidential election, overall sales have increased by a whopping 300 percent.
Lynch believes that threats from countries like North Korea are a big reason for the spike in demand for bunkers. “The threat of war with Iran or North Korea is more realistic today than at any time in the past,” he said. “North Korea has a very irrational leader that must not be allowed to have ICBMs that will reach mainland USA or our allies.”
The bunkers that Rising S sells are designed to last several generations, can hold at least one year’s worth of food, and are earthquake-proof. You can also choose to either live alone or with a whole community in one bunker. Although, living in a bunker alone when there’s an apocalypse going on outside sounds pretty lonely to me…
Interestingly, a lot of developers just re-purpose old community bunkers built by the Soviet Union and the US during the Cold War, instead of building entirely new ones. This is because building something like that from scratch today would potentially cost hundreds of millions of dollars. But seeing as these bunkers were built to withstand a nuclear war, they’ve held up pretty well over the years.
These re-purposed bunkers come equipped with power and water purification systems, blast valves, and can withstand a nuclear blast. Developers are supplementing in hydroponic gardens for future food sources, and they’re working to create communities within the bunkers that are well-rounded. This is so that the community can work as efficiently as possible and survive long-term.
Located 15 stories underground in Kansas, The Survival Condo Project is a complex that’s said to be able to shield its residents from even a viral epidemic. It’s also equipped with a dog park and a medical center. Want to purchase one of their units? That’ll be $3 million, please.
Larry Hall (pictured), CEO of The Survival Condo Project, reportedly bought the property in 2008 for $300,000. He spent nearly $20 million fixing it up and has now sold all of the units for $3 million each. Talk about a good investment.
The Safe House is located in Warsaw, Poland and provides maximum security to its residents. It’s got movable walls and even an electronic draw bridge to get to the pool pavilion. With all of these amenities, you have to wonder if the residents are hoping for a disaster just so they can see if everything works…
In case you didn’t think that purchasing a $3 million doomsday bunker was enough, some members of the ultra-wealthy have even been taking it up a notch. Reddit founder Steve Huffman (pictured), along with former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong have admitted that they both had corrective eye surgery in the case of an apocalypse. “If the world ends - and not even if the world ends, but if we have trouble - getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass,” said Huffman.
It must be really nice to have all of that money...
Some people think that these billionaires might be taking their apocalypse fears a little too far. Bob Black, CEO of Black Shield Preparedness Solutions, thinks that the bunkers are overkill.
“These are the same people who buy $500,000 cars. When you have that much money, you got to find something to spend it on,” he said. “I give a lot of presentations on disaster preparedness, but I am not about to go digging a hole in my backyard.”