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Sep 28 - The super RICH prepare for the end of society
 

 
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Panic, Anxiety Spark Rush to Build Luxury Bunkers for L.A.'s Superrich

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Oscar winners, sports stars and Bill Gates are building lavish bunkers with amenities ranging from a swimming pool to a bowling alley as global anxiety fuels sales and owners "could be the next Adam and Eve."

Given the increased frequency of terrorist bombings and mass shootings and an under-lying sense of havoc fed by divisive election politics, it's no surprise that home security is going over the top and hitting luxurious new heights. Or, rather, new lows, as the average depth of a new breed of safe haven that occupies thousands of square feet is 10 feet under or more. Those who can afford to pull out all the stops for so-called self-preservation are doing so in a fashion that goes way beyond the submerged corrugated metal units adopted by reality show "preppers" to prepare for anything from nuclear bombings to drastic climate-change events. Gary Lynch, GM at Rising S Bunkers, a Texas-based company that specializes in underground bunkers and services scores of Los Angeles residences, says that sales at the most upscale end of the market mainly to actors, pro athletes and politicians (who require signed NDAs) have increased 700 percent this year compared with 2015, and overall sales have risen 150 percent. "Any time there is a turbulent political landscape, we see a spike in our sales. Given this election is as turbulent as it is, we are gearing up for an even bigger spike," says marketing director Brad Roberson of sales of bunkers that start at $39,000 and can run $8.35 million or more (FYI, a 12-stall horse shelter is $98,500).

Adds Mike Peters, owner of Utah-based Ultimate Bunker, which builds high-end versions in California, Texas and Minnesota: "People are going for luxury [to] live underground because they see the future is going to be rough. Everyone I've talked to thinks we are doomed, no matter who is elected." Robert Vicino, founder of Del Mar, Calif.-based Vivos, which constructs upscale community bunkers in Indiana (he believes coastal flooding scenarios preclude bunkers being safely built west of the Rockies), says, "Bill Gates has huge shelters under every one of his homes, in Rancho Santa Fe and Washington. His head of security visited with us a couple years ago, and for these multibillionaires, a few million is nothing. It's really just the newest form of insurance."

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A hidden door by Creative Home Engineering leads to a secret passageway that connects to an underground bunker.

Rising S Bunkers installed a 37-room, 9,000-square-foot complex in Napa Valley for an Academy Award-winning client that rang in at $10.28 million, with a bowling alley, sauna, jacuzzi, shooting range and an ultra-large home theater. Swimming pools, greenhouses, game rooms and gyms are other amenities offered. This year, on another Napa Valley property, the company constructed a $9 million, 7,600-square-foot compound with horse stables and accommodations for 12, along with four escape tunnels leading to outlets on the estate, multiple hidden rooms in case "you let someone in whom you do not fully trust," says Lynch and an aboveground safe house "disguised as a horse barn." The company also is designing a $3 million bunker for "a major sports figure from Southern California."

The company's best-selling bunkers for L.A. are 10 by 50 feet, start at $112,000 and have their own power sources, water supplies and air-filtration systems: "These complexes accommodate families of four or five and are self-sustaining," says Roberson, adding: "You can pretty much put a palace underground anywhere there is physically enough room." Regardless, Ellia Thompson, chair of land use practice at Ervin Cohen & Jessup in Beverly Hills, notes that zoning guidelines vary throughout L.A., so one should check with the city department of building and safety about permits: "A special permit may be required if you are digging out more dirt than certain basement quantities."

Business has doubled in the past year at Ultimate Bunker, which just built a $10 million complex on a 700-acre property a few hours north of Minneapolis for a client "known for television, who has his own show," says Peters. Two 1,000-square-foot bunkers (one for storage) are connected by 300 feet of tunnels to the main 6,800-square-foot home as well as three guesthouses that each boast a $200,000 bunker "to take care of his family and friends," says Peters. "It's like an underground mansion with more mansions on top of it."

Al Corbi, president and founder of S.A.F.E. (Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments), with offices in West Hollywood, says that his most spectacular projects were $100 million subterranean residences, one for a global venture capitalist and the other for an East Coast developer to mimic the Universal CityWalk promenade, with a pizzeria and wellness outpost that, he says, "resembles a Burke Williams day spa." Corbi says both bunkers protect from nuclear holocaust (8 feet of soil blocks radioactive fallout), pandemic (a positive-pressure air system with HEPA filters keeps contaminants out), electromagnetic pulses and solar flares (using a metal encasement), among other threats. "Power technology has improved tremendously thanks in part to Tesla and lithium-ion batteries that only degrade a maximum of 10 percent after 30 years," says Corbi. "And now there is food with a 25-year minimum shelf life. [The owners] could be the next Adam and Eve." (Note to L.A. chefs, however: The rations are grim, ranging from beef Stroganoff to chili.)

When it comes to the details of secret passageways and hidden doors, many in Hollywood turn to Arizona-based Creative Home Engineering. "We've seen year-over-year growth of about 20 percent, but perhaps more telling is an increasing percentage of clientele who need their secret door to employ high-security features," notes president Steve Humble, who says before, 60 percent of secret doors in cigar rooms, home theaters, children's bedrooms and the like were for novelty value. "Nowadays, 80 percent are used for security. In the past year, I have performed installations inside two nuclear-protected complexes with more than 10 secret doors each, one in the L.A. area owned by a plastic surgeon."

Film fantasies play a part in the choice of secret entrances. "Many of my clients come to me knowing what movie secret door they would like duplicated," says Humble, who cites as top inspirations Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Batman and James Bond franchises, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Goonies, on which a popular access control device that "requires that a certain sequence of notes be played on the piano to get the door to open" is based. There's also Get Smart: "At this moment, we are converting a phone booth [inside a private residence] so that when the user dials the correct number, the back panel opens to grant access to a secure area." He adds: "I can tell you that we've built secret doors for many of the most recognizable and highly awarded directors and celebrities in Hollywood. There are a lot of Oscars and Emmys tucked away safely behind my secret doors."

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1. A floor plan for an $8.35 million, 6,000-square-foot bunker from Texas company Rising S Bunkers includes a decked-out game room.

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2. The largest swimming pool that Rising S has built measures 40 feet.

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3. Fitness rooms are a must to compensate for a lack of outside activity.

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4. Natural light tubes and ultraviolet LED lamps promote growth in underground gardens of consumable plants and vegetables.

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5. Theaters seat as many as 20 people and come with 10-foot screens.

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6. Rising S has seen garages with 15 vehicles, including Rolls-Royces, muscule cars and armored personnel carriers (one client has three).

93 comments for "Sep 28 - The super RICH prepare for the end of society"

 3 years ago '05        #2
Quddus 13 heat pts13
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Rich people want to live forever

 3 years ago '05        #3
Dove Luv J.R. 
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Prophetic Metaphors, believe it or not it's more than likely going to go down in the next few decades...

Rev 6:15And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
16and said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

 3 years ago '14        #4
TheRiverStyx 15 heat pts15
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Which rich television personality lives on 700 acres a "few hours north of Minneapolis"?

 3 years ago '16        #5
Boogersugar 56 heat pts56
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People have been thinking they were living in The End of Times for centuries, just like @ upthread



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 3 years ago '15        #6
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 Dove Luv J.R. said
Prophetic Metaphors, believe it or not it's more than likely going to go down in the next few decades...

Rev 6:15And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
16and said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
17For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Wait until they throw their money into the streets...

 3 years ago '07        #7
FeedTheBeast 25 heat pts25
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Im saying tho if its the end of the world.....why they got their cars and swimming pools in there? What they gonna watch on those TVs? Old DVDs?

 3 years ago '10        #8
Brezzzy 
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 resunsward said
we gonna be out there waiting on some mad max sh*t

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 3 years ago '04        #9
Mumbletaker 70 heat pts70
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Yeah we got bunker buster bombs now. If "the end" happens the only safe place will be Mars

 3 years ago '05        #10
Dove Luv J.R. 
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 Boogersugar said
People have been thinking they were living in The End of Times for centuries, just like @ upthread



Enjoy this slap!
Not the End of Times, just the end of a time. It's not hard to tell, analyzing the present landscape, that we are nearing a time of universal justice, or karma, or whatever you want to call it. It's the way of life, you get what you put in, rather it be person, community, nation, religion, or humanity as a whole... Peace

 3 years ago '09        #11
420Sosa 4 heat pts
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When we look back at this time 20 yrs from now were gonna say WAT(IW)TBA


 3 years ago '15        #12
DamianDragunov 
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If it happens I'm smokin them bi*ches out through the air pipes. Taking they Hollywood bi*ches and whatever else they have I want...or droppin a bunch of gluten in...

 3 years ago '12        #13
Steelgrip 1 heat pts
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only ten feet? shiiiit if all it takes is ten feet to keep you safe I'll take my chances up here.

 3 years ago '07        #14
DIPSET101 31 heat pts31
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Stock that bi*ch full of water and Beenie weenies

 3 years ago '09        #15
Fatt Kidd BEP 4 heat pts
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 Black Cobra said
The poor will rule the earth we know how to survive off the very little
Rich know how to live off the poor though

 3 years ago '06        #16
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 TheRiverStyx said
Which rich television personality lives on 700 acres a "few hours north of Minneapolis"?
Who? I live in Mpls....

 3 years ago '15        #17
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 FeedTheBeast said
Im saying tho if its the end of the world.....why they got their cars and swimming pools in there? What they gonna watch on those TVs? Old DVDs?
Hot Tub Time Machine on repeat.

 3 years ago '15        #18
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 Mumbletaker said
Yeah we got bunker buster bombs now. If "the end" happens the only safe place will be Mars
Cue Elon Musk.

 3 years ago '15        #19
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 Fatt Kidd BEP said
Rich know how to live off the poor though
The rich use laws to control the poor. In a state of lawlessness, the rich had better hoped they had enough guns stashed away beforehand.

 3 years ago '09        #20
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 ManABigMan said
The rich use laws to control the poor. In a state of lawlessness, the rich had better hoped they had enough guns stashed away beforehand.
That's true. But let's say they gain control of every valuable resource in time. I can imagine the amount of people that would stay by their side for security. Remember that Hitler didn't do the Holocaust alone.

 3 years ago '10        #21
Brezzzy 
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 Fatt Kidd BEP said
Rich know how to live off the poor though

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 3 years ago '04        #22
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All these poor people trying to make themselves feel important by convincing themselves their life time will be the last... :jtlol:

Nothing is going to happen.

 3 years ago '08        #23
El_Maravilloso1 
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Earth quake!!!

 3 years ago '14        #24
Christian238 4 heat pts
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I've always wanted to buy one of those old Nuke site homes and turning the silo into the ultimate Man Cave...


That's why I choose torrents over streaming...If the powers that be chose to cut the internet off today, I enough Tb's worth of classic sh*t to just sit in my bunker and watch TV until the sun cools down, the fallout dissipates, or the zombies starve to death...All I need is an hdmi cable and a flat screen...

O yea and a Lazy-boy sofa chair



O snap forgot about a power generator or some solar cells...



Maybe, and few batteries for the remote...




sh*t, forgot...I need the whole damn underground bunker thing first...





...But at least I have my hard drives so it's a start...


 3 years ago '12        #25
Heisenberg 140 heat pts140
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When it all ends who do you think everyone is going to go after first? They won't be safe

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