A new market is emerging in the midst of global economic upheaval and environmental change — doomsday-ready condominiums.
Fallout shelters have been around since the Second World War, as rising fears of an international nuclear exchange drove much of the population underground, digging atomic shelters in backyards and community centers across America and around the world. Today’s variety is a bit more sophisticated, and this new breed of survivalist structures is attracting some wealthy clientele.
Several companies have sprung up in the last few decades with somewhat of a niche focus – fully contained, self-sustaining (and increasingly luxurious) bunkers to ride out whatever ecological, economic, or interstellar disaster may befall the human race. Sales have jumped more than 70 percent in the last few years alone. From $200,000 to $2 million, these underground resorts often come complete with wine cellars, pool areas, and defense networks.
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