The market for luxury doomsday shelters is continuing to grow, with more and more of the ultra wealthy preparing to wait out the apocalypse in comfort and style.
Bomb shelters are hardly a new concept: form the backyard Blitz shelters of WW2 to the nuclear bunkers of the mid-20th century, there have always been options for those of us concerned with surviving a surprise attack. Still, despite a great deal of popular culture surrounding post-human homes, few of us have ever had the financial freedom to think about where or even how we would survive an actual doomsday scenario.
For the more cautious of the world’s wealthy elite, however, it isn’t just a matter of survival. All across the globe, various companies have designed and built luxury shelters which will provide their owners with the same level of comfort and splendour that they currently enjoy, even after the end of the world!
Be ready for the predicted planetary alignment, doomsday, the Rapture, the end times, or Armageddon.
These shelters are not simply sought after by those with more money than sense. The Rising S Company, which operates in Texas, told CNN that its sales had increased by 300% since President Trump’s electoral victory! According to General Manager Gary Lynch, the company also saw sales for its most high end bunkers skyrocket by 700% in 2016 compared to the previous year.
The Rising S Company’s top priced bunker, ‘The Aristocrat’, is worth an incredible $8,350,000 and can comfortably accommodate 50 people. Each of these “completely customisable” shelters comes with its own green house, sauna, formal dining room and even a motor cave!
While the Rising S Company might have seen its sales rise since Trump’s election, the interest in luxury shelters is hardly new. ‘The Oppidum’, a super-luxurious-bunker in the Czech Republic, was built in the 1980s during the height of the Cold War. Incredibly, this 77,500 square foot mansion of a shelter is designed with just a single owner in mind!
Former army installations and Cold War constructions are resources which have proven popular with doomsday preppers. In 2016 Vivos, another American company, purchased 575 bomb resistant bunkers in South Dakota from the US army. Designed to withstand a nuclear blast, each bunker has enough room to comfortably sleep 10 - 20 people, making them ideal for doomsday conversions. The company plans to create a fully functional community on the nine acre site, including a school, church, shooting range and a full time staff.
“Your father or grandfather's bunker was not very comfortable,” Robert Vicino, CEO of Vivos, said to CNN.
“They were gray. They were metal, like a ship or something military. And the truth is mankind cannot survive long-term in such a Spartan, bleak environment.”
Indeed, Vivo’s biggest shelter, the incredibly luxurious Europa One, is so far from a ‘Spartan’ environment that you cannot even reserve a spot inside without an invitation. However, it doesn’t stop there: Vivos’ next project is a ‘Global Genome Vault’, which will allow customers to preserve their DNA for all of their “future regenerative medical needs.”
Of course, you may not believe that doomsday is approaching. You might even find it odd that so many people are willing to invest millions in properties which they may never even stay in. Still, as Vivos might say, it is never a bad idea to plan for the worst.
“Be ready for the predicted planetary alignment, doomsday, the Rapture, the end times, or Armageddon,” the Vivos website warns. “If you believe in the prophecies and predictions of the Bible, Nostradamus, the Third Secret of Fatima, the visions of Edgar Cayce, and all of the current signs of an economic collapse, future nuclear war, WW3, a pandemic, an EMP power outage, a Yellowstone eruption, a potential asteroid collision, Nibiru, Planet X, Fukushima’s eventual meltdown and widespread global radiation, the coming pole shift and/or major earth changes, it is time to prepare!"