It's comforting to know that when the apocalypse does happen, we can repopulate the Earth from the survivors tucked safely away in their luxury condos deep inside a retired missile silo in Kansas. Interest in the "Survival Condo" has been so high that all units in this unique complex 174 feet deep in the Earth have sold out at cost of a cool $2 million apiece.
We first brought you the story of the Survival Condo back in December. Former software engineer Larry Hall was the man with the vision to transform the Atlas F missile silo built in the 1960s, into a site that could house 70 people comfortably for many years. The project has been in the works for several years now, but projections are for the complex to be finished in about eight to ten weeks time.
Housing 70 people during doomsday does require a certain set of features that necessitate the $2 million price tag. So what do owners get for their investment? It's a mix of items necessary to keep you alive, and others to keep you occupied and happily diverted until the situation on top resolves itself.
Aside from the cool address, let's start with the posh elements. You'll be getting a 1,820 square foot unit for your underground lair. Units would feature Jacuzzis, deluxe appointments and appliances, and so you don't go crazy longing for the outdoors — large HDTV panels simulating windows (remind anyone of Total Recall?).
There are also community facilities like a spa, a movie theater, classrooms, a bar, and a pool. Everything the 70 residents would need to hunker down in relative style, though unless there is also a still we predict the bar will be the first thing to run out of supplies.
As for the practical side of things the Survival Condo will supply the air, site-grown food and a combination of well and rain water for survival. Electricity will be produced from a diesel generator and wind turbines.
High security is also offered as part of the survival package. The silo would be equipped with a blast door that opens only with a code; the property will be surrounded with security cameras and electrics fences. Inside, residents will have their own weapons supply.
It would be interesting to know if there are condo laws or at the very least an association.
Given how popular the idea of doomsday bunkers has been, Hall is searching for additional silo sites that have not yet been tinkered with so he could create more underground living. He is negotiating on additional decommissioned sites.
As to why the current site was so popular (there's even a waiting list) Hall sees no end to the apocalypse scenarios so it seems a pretty viable business. He told CNet:
"Pick any of the following: global climate change, fear of terrorism, possible economic collapse, the solar cycle and possible loss of power grid, possible pandemics, civil unrest, and food shortages."
There's also that pesky Mayan prediction of the end of the world, global pandemics and plenty of asteroids out there who'd be happy to have a go at Earth.
Given all that drama once Hall finishes with the obvious economies of building bunkers out of existing holes in the ground, maybe he could start digging new holes (just bare bones mind you) for the rest of us to live in.