An Inside Look at Luxury Survival Condos Where Millionaires Plan to Ride Out the Apocalypse
When millionaires want to escape the end of the world, they can duck away into the Survival Condo Project, a luxury complex that sits underground in a former missile silo in Kansas.
The sprawling facility, with the capacity to hold 75 people for over five years, is one of 72 Atlas “F” missile silos built by the Army Corps of Engineers during the 1960s. It stands today as a tucked-away hotspot where residents can enjoy everything from an indoor swimming pool, complete with its own slide, to a custom bar and lounge for grabbing a drink.
The cheapest accommodations at the historic facility start at $1,500,000, with high-tech features like windows that simulate natural sunlight illuminating the space throughout.
Here’s an inside look at what the bunkers are like.
The structure was built to survive a direct nuclear strike. Residents must go deep to get into their underground accommodations.
The space is made up of two underground buildings, one two-story and one 14-story structure, which cost roughly $15 million to build in 1960, according to the Survival Condo Project.
Thanks to a monolithic dome that covers the silo, the structure can withstand winds at more than 500 mph.
Inside, epoxy-hardened concrete walls provide an additional layer, while a thickness of nine feet ensures added protection.
The dome-like structure includes elevator and stairwell access throughout, to take residents to spots like its full-sized indoor pool.
The pool features a waterslide, an elaborate wall mural, and a curved ceiling to make the room appear open and spacious.
When it's time to unwind, residents can head to the custom bar and lounge or read a book at the building's library.
The space even includes a classroom for parents who might have youngsters coming along, a general store should you need to pick up any food, a medical first aid center for emergencies, and a communication center with on-site Internet subset access.
There's even a dog park built underground for those who want to bring their furry friends.
Outdoor "simulated view" windows also bring in varying light levels to reflect the various times throughout the day, from sunrise to sunset, so that residents can experience similar sights to what they'd see above ground.
Two floors of hydroponic gardens provide fresh produce for residents, while each residential unit also gets a five-year supply of freeze-dried and dehydrated food selections.
"This project has the advantages of letting the members own a piece of history, the coolness of a missile base, the protection of a nuclear hardened bunker, and the features of a luxury condo," says Larry Hall, the project manager and owner of the project.
When it comes to accommodations, there are half-floor unit condo suites for $1.5 million and full-floor unit condo suites for $3 million. Both are package deals that include a five-year training, food supplies, and full furnishings.
Bathrooms come adorned with jetted Jacuzzi tubs, and each unit includes an automation system with security cameras, an intercom system, digital weather station access, satellite TV feeds, and Internet access.
There are also penthouse units, which are roughly 3,600 square feet in size and incorporate two levels, for $4.5 million. They come with the option to build your own custom bunker at a location of your choice.
Additional features include an underground rock climbing facility, a gym, and a custom theater.
Finally, the structure includes a three-source water supply and reservoir system, a three-source electric supply through a local electrical grid, a large wind turbine, and a diesel generator.
It also comes complete with blast doors designed to withhold explosives.