What do you imagine when you hear the phrase “doomsday bunker?”
I picture a very small, cramped living space with a small family gathered around a hand-crank radio, and a bunch of non-perishable food and drinking water off to the side.
Apparently I’ve been thinking too small.
An investor group in Texas – where everything is bigger – is planning something quite a bit larger for those who can afford it, i.e. celebrities.
About 60 miles north of Dallas, they’re building a $300 million luxury complex for those concerned about a dirty bomb or epidemic scenario that would wreak havoc on the human population.
It’s not just about putting people underground, although 90 percent of the living space in the 400 condos will be constructed below the surface. It’s about building a survival community that would be protected from a doomsday situation… in luxury.
The complex is being described as a “five-star resort mixed with DEFCON 1 preparations.” Water and energy production will be off the gird, so they don’t have to worry if the electrical grid goes down. A tunnel network and air purification system are also part of the plan.
The wealthy who could afford to live here following a disaster would not be satisfied with merely existing while the rest of the world is dying. No, that would be too boring.
So, among the plans for the complex are an 18-hole golf course, a high-end spa, gun ranges, shops and restaurants, as well as a row of helipads.
If that’s not enough, the complex will also include an equestrian center, polo fields and 20-acre lakes with white-sand beaches.
Now, the celebrities living on this complex during the apocalypse certainly would not want any surviving riff-raff entering their turf, so the whole place will be protected by 12-foot walls and security folks manning the watchtowers.
Money might not be able to buy happiness, but maybe it can delay the inevitable.