When you have lots of money, you’re always looking for things to buy. And if you have oodles of money, there’s almost nothing you can’t buy. Enter the Survival Condo Project.
Somewhere in Kansas north of Wichita there is an old nuclear missile silo that the military decommissioned in the 1960s. In 2008, a guy named Larry Hall purchased it for $300,000, then plunked down $20 million to create a yuppie utopia for doomsday (or, really, anytime you want to get off the grid; the world does not have to be ending for you to enjoy your luxury bunker). A half-floor unit cost $1.5 million, and a full floor went for $3 million. They quickly sold out, but rest assured more are being made. The next round of units will include a penthouse option for a cool $4 million.
Hall, according to The New Yorker, was a data center and networks specialist for Northrop Grumman, Harris Corp., and other defense contractors — a career that likely served as the impetus for his bunker odyssey.
If you’re at all interested in a luxury doomsday bunker, just know there are some serious caveats attached. For starters, you have to pay cash for these suckers, so liquid assets are key. But the good news is, once you purchase one and it’s built, you don’t have to wait for the apocalypse to live there or visit. It can be your new vacation home until it’s your last resort.
While there, you can relax knowing that military-grade security are patrolling the grounds 24/7. And to feel a connection with the outside world, there are special windows in the units that play scenes from aboveground, like Central Park through the seasons or an exotic island paradise somewhere in the Pacific. Fido is welcome too, as long as he’s not a pain in the ass and weighs less than 70 pounds.
What about food and water? Per Survival Condo: “We have all of the necessities to survive in a luxury ‘resort setting’ for as long as 5 years without having any concern for being able to sustain our community with all of the necessities that will be needed for an extended off-grid living situation.” That sounds downright lovely.
A lot of info about the project is exclusive to those involved, but what we do know is they’ve set up a communication system for pre- and post-disaster scenarios. And the bunkers are equipped with fiber-optic intranet and data-streaming capabilities for education and entertainment. Hall and his team keep the location under wraps for security reasons, and they have a three-pronged approach to getting residents there if (or when) the apocalypse starts.
In this scenario, you’re not really converting any of your existing money into a safer bet for TEOTWAWKI. You’re just investing a crap ton of money to ride out the storm, as it were. It’s a great idea, but it’s clearly not for everyone (supply being the most obvious barrier). So for the vast majority of the population, what are the other options?