$3 million bunkers will ensure survival of the 1%

Nothing like riding out the apocalypse in a luxury underground shelter that features a pool and bar.

By Aimee Picchi Sep 25, 2013 1:01PM

The rich aren't like you or me. Just take a look at how the 1% will ride out the apocalypse: in $3 million underground bunkers, complete with indoor swimming pools, hydroponic gardens and a bar. (For those with less money or smaller families, half-floors are available for only $1.5 million.)

It's a far cry from the traditional view of survivalists as oddballs stocking up on cans of beans. Luxury survival condos allow the wealthy to survive a global collapse without resorting to eating Hormel's (HRL) Spam or filtering water with their underwear.

So far, developer Larry Hall has sold out of available bunkers in his first project, in an underground "nuclear-hardened" Atlas "F" missile base, built in the 1960s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in an undisclosed location in Kansas. 

He's now working on a second project to turn an old missile silo into additional luxury bunkers.

Illustration of a 'Survival Condo', built by Larry Hall in north-central Kansas (© WENN)

Aside from having a healthy dose of paranoia, buyers also need cash on hand. 

"Bankers aren't lending on conventional homes, let alone nuclear-hardened condominiums," Hall told CNBC's Robert Frank. "Everyone has to have cash to buy one of these."

Buyers declined to be interviewed, for fear that friends and relatives might find out about the bunkers and want to join them in case of an emergency, Frank said.

Their popularity may boil down to an aftereffect of the financial meltdown and unrest from groups such as Occupy Wall Street. On top of that, there's always the perennial fear of a pandemic.

Of course, bunker owners will need to get to Kansas to ride out the apocalypse. But that's no problem for the 1%. As Frank says, "A lot of these guys have private planes."

Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.

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Sep 25, 2013 2:39PM
After the apocalypse, if there are only the 1%'ers left, who will do all the work?  Unless they plan on buying a shelter for the servants.  
Sep 25, 2013 4:38PM
Have always wondered, if a nuclear apocalypse....who would want to survive?
Sep 25, 2013 1:09PM
Ha ha....Bunkers... or Gravesites?  You be the 'decider'...
Sep 25, 2013 4:31PM

If the apocalypse comes and you are still on earth , you are in the wrong place anyway, so a bunker is useless.


Sep 25, 2013 5:13PM
The joking responses aside, it is always so hard for me to believe stupid people like you are out there.
Wealth does not create jobs.  Tax cuts for the wealthy does not create jobs.  If that were the case, explain why cutting taxes on the wealthy from 90% in the 1950's to 32% now has not resulted in FULL EMPLOYMENT?
Yes, everyone wants to be wealthy.  Some of us actually believe that a good idea and some hard work will get them there.  WRONG.  You need money.  So just like you see on "Shark Tank", your idea and your hard work will be taken over by the guy with the money.
The people with money (a Bill Gates excepted) no longer know how to do anything.  When they come out of their bunkers, they will all die.  They don't farm....there will not be any animals to eat....and they could not service the simplest of their "luxury trappings" so these will all eventually become non functional.  Executives and high rollers know only one thing....how to evade taxes and manipulate money.  When that "game" is gone, what will they do....establish rocks as currency and try to swindle bigger piles from each other?  I've met plenty of them.  I know what I am talking about. 
Sep 25, 2013 5:23PM
If there is a nuclear Apocalypse and only the 1% survive who's going to be around to rebuild their mansions?
Sep 25, 2013 7:12PM
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6:12-17)
Sep 25, 2013 4:49PM
LOL.......... when they come out of those bunkers they are going to find out Turtle Man rules in the USA now.......
Sep 25, 2013 6:14PM
Anything Does happen you can bet there will be a lot of desperate and clever 99%ers out in Kansas.Also probably a few ways of ascertaining locations and then what is the point  Oh and the Govt has the location as well I am sure they will need it at some point too.Why  don't the 1% invest in something to make the world we have safer more civil and better  What a bunch of selfish IDIOTS 
Sep 25, 2013 4:45PM

So the mega- rich have to go live in Kansas?!?..........LOL!!


I'll take a nuke upside the head before living in Kansas!!!.........LOL!!!

Sep 25, 2013 7:07PM

The 1% er's are the reason we will have an economic apocalypse, Wall Street and Corporate greed! Since they have gained full control of government economic collapse is ensured. Hey, so the prepper's don't seem so crazy now, just taking their cue from the people that have the inside information.


When you have the Federal Reserve buying 1 trillion dollars of Treasury Bonds from Goldman Sachs, the firm that orchestrated the 08 crash you know the end is near...lol


Too many Americans are unaware of the extreme disparities that have been caused by the unregulated profit incentive of capitalism. Our winner-take-all system is flailing away at once-healthy parts of society, leaving them like withered limbs on a trembling body, even as the relative few who benefit promote the illusion of opportunity and prosperity for all. Concerned citizens armed with facts are not fooled. Instead, the more they learn the angrier they get. And as in revolutions of the past, discontent leads to change
Sep 25, 2013 4:39PM
Who wants to spend their remaining days in a bunker when you could be top side slugging it out with Zeke (zombies)? I could afford to buy some thick magazines (Vogue perhaps) to wrap around my arms to protect from bites and the spread of the disease.

I just watched World War Z if you couldn't tell.

Sep 25, 2013 5:13PM
They better be a mile down because lots of us would never stop after 'em...you can run but you can't hide...
Sep 25, 2013 5:57PM
there was a  episode  of  night  gallery   long  ago  that  depicted  this event, the one  man  that  saved  him self  woke up  years  later from  his  cyro  sleep  to look  out the  window and see space, the  earth  had been  blown to  bits, but his  bunker  didnt, that would  suck
CRIMINALS that got ALL this undeserving $$ from you and me!  Well not me, I buy very little from the criminal class.  See drones the rich?......  THE MORE WE KNOW..THE LESS WE NEED!

A 'cult,' according to Merriam-Webster, can be defined as "Great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work..(and)..a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion."

Capitalism has been defined by adherents and detractors: Milton Friedman said, "The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system." John Maynard Keynes said, "Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone."

Perhaps it's best to turn to someone who actually practiced the art: "Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class." Al Capone said that.

Capitalism is a cult. It is devoted to the ideals of privatization over the common good, profit over social needs, and control by a small group of people who defy the public's will. The tenets of the cult lead to extremes rather than to compromise. Examples are not hard to find.

"Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class."

Sep 25, 2013 5:21PM
After the Apocalypse the 1% will find themselves as probably the 99% to another 1%. Say that 10x's fast.
Sep 25, 2013 1:17PM
So many jobs are created when wealthy folks spend money.  Think about all the jobs created to build these bunkers.   Instead of demonizing people for their wealth, we should be encouraging them to spend it...
Sep 25, 2013 5:09PM

LOL!....folks in the hood are sayin' "the end of the world?....Kansas?....Kansas!.....uh....no, thanks....I'm good. Just gimme a forty and I'll ride it out here......."...LOL!



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