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LUXURY AND SAFETY — DEEP UNDERGROUND?

So if you’re one of the few people left on Earth, can you still live in luxury? What if you’re stuck in an underground bunker? Survivalists are already answering these questions — with incredible survival bunkers built with the luxury lifestyle in mind.

There’s one luxury bunker in Tifton, GA, built more than 40 feet underground. It features seven apartments, a 15-seat movie theater for residents, and even has working internet access. For practical purposes, it includes decontamination showers and an outdoor firing range. And of course, it can withstand a nuclear blast. But none of this comes cheap — the price tag is about $17.5 million.

Underground Bunker

About 687 miles northwest of Tifton, there’s an underground bunker (at an undisclosed location) called Vivos Indiana. Originally a government communications facility, it’s now been repurposed as a luxurious hangout for survivors of any type of catastrophe.

With 12-and-a-half-foot ceilings in the living area, plush carpets and rows of reclining chairs, the living area is a great place to spend some quality time. 60 varieties of freeze-dried and canned foods fill the cupboards, complemented by the fresh bounty of a hydroponic garden. Units designed for four to six residents feature double-queen bunks with gorgeous bedding — the kind you’d find at a Ritz-Carlton!

Pet kennels. A gun safe. Exercise and medical facilities. Powerful generators and high-grade filters built to keep the residents warm and safe. And just a $35,000 entry fee.

Built by a former real estate entrepreneur — who sold shares of villas in luxury destinations such as Aspen and the south of France — these kinds of facilities are attracting the interest of many affluent Americans. (In the last several years, the U.S. has added more than 1.5 million new millionaires.)

And this isn’t a uniquely American phenomenon. The Vivos franchise extends to europe, where a similar-but-larger facility was built in a former munitions storage facility in Germany. This billion-dollar property can house 34 families for a full year, with swimming pools, a wine cellar and more — priced in the $3 to $5 million range.

Clearly, if you have a few million dollars to spend — and you’re a bit worried about war or meteors or nuclear plant meltdowns — you have options.

The folks at SurvivalCondo.com can help you build your own luxury bunker, with half-floor, one-level units at about 920 sq. ft. starting at $1.5 million. Full-floor units are about twice that size and price, while “penthouse” units of about 3,200 sq. ft. on two levels start at $4.5 million.

As is always the case with luxury real estate, the bigger the budget, the more options you have. Luxury survival bunkers are a growth market — and while there is a natural limit to how big it will get, there’s definitely a need.

So if you have a client who’s a bit paranoid about world-changing events — but also a predilection for the finer things — now you know what kinds of showings to schedule!

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