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Upscale doomsday bunkers are all the rage

End-of-the-world anxieties (especially around global issues such as climate change and politics) have made doomsday bunkers literally fashionable again, especially as these new bunkers are more akin to luxury accomodations than the “prepper” abodes of decades past. These bunkers offer safety from both natural and manmade disasters while also affording upmarket living arrangements, complete with a range of luxurious amenities.

THE SURVIVAL CONDO PROJECT

Developer Larry Hall kickstarted the Survival Condo Project by converting the former Atlas Missile Silo in Kansas into luxury condos. The 15-story underground bunker can house 75 people for up to five years. A spot in this upmarket shelter costs anywhere from $1.5-$4.5 million, and for good reason: the bunker is a luxury facility that contains an indoor pool (with a waterslide), a movie theater, a rock climbing wall, a general store, and a medical center, among other amenities. All 12 spots in the first Survival Condo Project sold before the construction of the bunker was finished, and Hall is building a second luxury doomsday shelter in an undisclosed location to keep up with demand.

LAS VEGAS’ UNDERGROUND HOUSE

A 15,000-square-foot luxury bunker located underneath a two-story townhouse just east of the Las Vegas strip was recently listed on the market for $18 million. The concrete and steel underground mansion was built to withstand earthquakes and bombs (but probably couldn’t withstand a nuclear attack like the original owner thought), and is accessible via an elevator that is camouflaged by rocks. Finding entertainment in the bunker isn’t difficult, as it’s equipped with a pool with waterfalls, a putting green, a sauna, and a night club, complete with a bar. Nature-adjacent decorations are interspersed throughout the layout, with fake trees in the “backyard” and lighting that mimics the different phases of sunlight.

VIVOS XPOINT

While not as lavishly luxurious as the previous examples, Vivos xPoint is quite expansive and claims to be the largest survival community in the world, with 575 bunkers that can house up to 5,000 people. The community is located at a former Army base in South Dakota, one of the safest places in North America, as it’s a good distance from large bodies of water and nuclear plants. Each of the approximately 200-square-foot bunkers can survive internal and external explosions, and water, air, and gas attacks. Recently, a 42-year-old biomedical engineer became the first permanent resident of one of the bunkers: Milton Torres paid a $25,000 down payment to own a bunker outright.