Somebody’s selling wolf tickets. A new group of underground shelters called the Vivos network is selling posh spaces for you and your fam in case you need to escape a nuclear attack, killer asteroids or tsunamis. Can you afford to save your family?
We’ve all seen those end of the world movies where rich people and their families are whisked to safety in helicopters at the moment disaster strikes. Well that may not be far from the truth. People (who can afford it) are actually purchasing partial ownership of underground bunkers equipped with everything from state of the art accessories to filtered air.
The Vivos network, which offers partial ownerships similar to a timeshare in underground shelter communities, is one of several ventures touting escape from a surface-level calamity.
Radius Engineering in Terrell, Texas, has built underground shelters for more than three decades, and business has never been better, says Walton McCarthy, company president.
The company sells fiberglass shelters that can accommodate 10 to 2,000 adults to live underground for one to five years with power, food, water and filtered air, McCarthy says.
The shelters range from $400,000 to a $41 million facility Radius built and installed underground that is suitable for 750 people, McCarthy says. He declined to disclose the client or location of the shelter.
“We’ve doubled sales every year for five years,” he says.Other shelter manufacturers include Hardened Structures of Colorado and Utah Shelter Systems, which also report increased sales.
The Vivos network is the idea of Del Mar, Calif., developer Robert Vicino.
Vicino, who launched the Vivos project last December, says he seeks buyers willing to pay $50,000 for adults and $25,000 for children.
The company is starting with a 13,000-square-foot refurbished underground shelter formerly operated by the U.S. government at an undisclosed location near Barstow, Calif., that will have room for 134 people, he says.
Vicino puts the average cost for a shelter at $10 million.
Vivos plans for facilities as large as 100,000 square feet, says real estate broker Dan Hotes of Seattle, who over the past four years has collaborated with Vicino on a project involving partial ownership of high-priced luxury homes and is now involved with Vivos.
These people are so rich, they’re planning to take money to the grave and air condition hell. Oh, well. Looks like a bunch of us will be kissin’ our a**es goodbye. Who got $10 milli to spend on some sh*t that MIGHT happen. It’s hard enough to get paper for the sh*t poppin’ off right NOW.