Survival Bunker: Staying Alive Luxuriously

By: | September 21st, 2017

Survival bunker garage

All photos and images courtesy Survival Condo Project

We’re not saying it’s time to go underground now—or ever, for that matter. Natural disasters, war, and disease are a part of the human condition, unfortunately. But with the recent onslaught of tragically bad news about superstorms, floods, earthquakes, and international chaos, many may be thinking about investing in a safe, secure place to hide away until it all blows over—a literal survival bunker.

Survival bunker elevator

Survival Condo’s extremely cool elevator

Earlier this year, we saw a story about something called the Survival Condo. It’s a 15-story underground survival structure, somewhere north of Wichita, Kan.—the exact location is secret.

Survival bunker silo stack

Silo Stack

Inspired by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Larry Hall purchased a retired Atlas F missile silo for $300,000 in 2008 to begin the project. The Atlas F silo has some incredible structural details: It is made of epoxy-hardened concrete that is 9 ft. thick in the upper sections. This is further fortified with an estimated 600 tons of steel rebar. All of this makes the Atlas F one of the strongest structures ever built by man—designed to withstand a direct nuclear strike.

Survival bunker construction

Silo during construction

If that doesn’t make you feel safe enough, the silo is capped by a dome capable of withstanding winds of over 500 mph. Tornadoes can’t touch you.

Survival bunker dome cap

The dome cap under construction

But it’s much more than a place to lay low and wait for the radiation to subside. Survival Condo offers a truly luxurious lifestyle: The living units in this survival bunker are furnished with 50-in. flat screen TVs, full kitchens with a dishwasher, washer and dryer, and bathrooms with jetted Jacuzzi tubs. And the complex has a 75-ft. swimming pool, a gym, a bar (of course), and even a dog park—yes, you can bring your best buddy with you.

The price is a mere $3 million for a full floor unit, $1.5 million for a half floor. And the purchase price gets you a lot more than just a place to hang your hat. It includes mandatory survival training, a five-year food supply per person, and internet access—if there is anything left to click on.

Survival bunker kitchen

Residential kitchen

Interested? Well, every unit is taken—sold out even before construction completed in 2012.

But the Survival Condo is hardly the only project of its kind. Have a look at the video below to see 13 survival bunkers that are out there in the world right now.

James Ross

… is a freelance copy editor and writer, living and working in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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