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6 distinctive doomsday bunkers for riding out the apocalypse

By: Matt Hickman on Aug. 10, 2016, 5:32 a.m.
1960s illustration of a bomb shelter under a house

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Stylish survival

A lake house. A beachfront bungalow. A cabin in the woods. A two-bedroom timeshare outside of Scottsdale that you inherited from your grandmother. These are the second homes we can escape to when we need a breather, a recharge, a much-needed change of scenery.

All of these getaways sound lovely — and not uncommon. But what about second homes — or even potential primary residences — that we can escape to in the event of full economic or social collapse, nuclear fallout, global pandemic, solar flare, cataclysmic natural disaster, the robot uprising and/or biblical end times? Where do we go when the 2016 presidential election doesn't turn out the way we hoped or when the deceased rise from their graves and roam the suburbs? Where do we go then?

We go underground, of course.

Like never before, survivalist real estate trends are entering the fringes of the mainstream. Largely revolving around the repurposing of Cold War-era bunkers and decommissioned military defense sites, there's been a flurry of increased curiosity in subterranean luxury properties along with more budget-friendly emergency shelters that require one key action during installation: excavation. While a majority of the population has dismissed doomsday real estate ventures as being the stuff of the super-wealthy, the paranoid or the paranoid super-wealthy, it's still fascinating to ponder such investments: "What if my emergency contingency plan consisted of more than a first-aid kit, a flashlight and a gallon of distilled water? What if I had a top-secret place to flee to in the event the going gets really rough?"

From bury-it-yourself backyard bomb shelters to high-end condo units housed within old government missile silos, there's a doomsday refuge for every taste, budget and level of concern. Here's a glimpse at six notable ones.