Nuclear threat here, civil unrest there, and climate change looming over all of us. These guys have decided to put their money where their fear is.
If you’re a billionaire, when you make it rain, you make it pour. And what better investment than ensuring you and your family ride out the end of days in style?
The military-grade bunkers of old are no longer in fashion. Freshly lacquered wood, art on the walls, designer lights and furniture for afternoon tea – these are the details of today’s shelters. While modern taste can be adopted on a stretched budget, we’re shining a light on those who don’t sweat the zeroes.
“Gary Lynch, general manager of Texas-based Rising S Company, says 2016 sales for their custom high-end underground bunkers grew 700 per cent compared to 2015, while overall sales have grown 300 per cent since the November US presidential election alone,” reports journalist Elizabeth Stamp.
You’re allowed to laugh at that last sentence. We sure did.
Some of these properties are “community shelters” so we can expect these one-percenters to still have their regular brunch and cigar sessions, minus the sunshine.
“The fortified structures are designed to withstand a nuclear strike and come equipped with power systems, water purification systems, blast valves, and Nuclear-Biological-Chemical (NBC) air filtration,” Stamp adds.
Another company that builds these luxury bunkers is Vivos. Their product Vivos Europa One, dubbed a “modern day Noah’s Ark” and located in a former Cold War-era munitions storage facility in Germany, is worth checking out even if you can’t afford it:
Even the tagline exudes exclusivity: “The Ultimate Life Assurance Solution For High Net Worth Families.”
Another product of theirs, this one in South Dakota, is called Vivos xPoint and is supposed to accommodate “about 5,000 people,” so it fits into the community shelter category.
“The compound itself will be equipped with all the comforts of a small town, including a community theatre, classrooms, hydroponic gardens, a medical clinic, a spa and a gym.”
“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,” says Robert Vicino, CEO of Vivos.
You know they’re not kidding when they call it luxury because they’ve got twin kitchen sinks, game rooms, and mini theatres. Have a look at Rising S Company’s bunkers: