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Living in a Bunker Apocalypse House

Written by Posted On Monday, 05 November 2018 06:13
What if a major apocalypse happened... how could real estate help you? What if a major apocalypse happened... how could real estate help you?

Hey, the world is ending, ok? It doesn’t matter when, but, for us, humans, there will come the time when things will go down and we will foolishly try to live a little more. On top of that will – and the really useful need of shelter during “smaller” incidents like air strikes, terrorist attacks and natural disasters like tornadoes  and hurricanes – smart people have been investing in building “doomsday bunkers” for people looking for an apocalypse house; that is - a place where they can endure, through thick or thin, the many apocalyptical threats around.

But that was during the Cold War, some 40 years ago…

Fast-forward to the present and the market for deep earth bunkers has become huge. It’s too much to call it a trend or a craze; but the reality is that with the many changes the world has been going through in the last 10 years – geopolitically and due to environmental issues – the number of people interested in living in a bunker has grown so much that it’s not an eccentric thing anymore; it’s an actual business niche.

The market for deep earth bunkers

From small individual deep earth bunkers to large apocalypse houses and even an underground condo; living in a bunker is big right now and the tide is likely to continue to rise. We’re not exaggerating: one doomsday bunker company alone claimed to have sold 1,000 shelters in 2017 alone, while another one saw a whopping 700% increase in sales of deep earth bunkers with up to 200 calls a day back when President Donald Trump sounded off on Twitter promising “fire and fury” to North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un. Remember those days when they were still enemies? Seems like ages ago… (but it was last August for the ones keeping tabs).

With all the craziness going on, if you are one who wonders what to do in a terrorist attack or if you live in one of the worst cities for natural disasters: deep earth bunkers might be just the right thing for you and we’re here to tell you the fundamentals of living in a bunker and what an apocalypse house HAS to have.


How deep should a bunker be?

How deep should a bunker beWhat do you think is the first and most important thing that people interested in living in a bunker apocalypse house need to have? We bet many will answer “air”, “food”… some might even say “wi-fi”. But no. None of that. Land is the correct answer. It’s in the name deep earth bunker. To build a secure doomsday bunker you need to be at least 4 feet deep underground. In reality, it’s not the materials that provide the most protection against bombs, wildfires, radiation, and tornadoes, but the earth itself. The earth is the one who shields you from those dangers. And that becomes a problem because not all land is able to give you 4 feet of depth. Add to the equation the fact that most of the western coastal area of the USA is too close to the tectonic plates and it becomes an even bigger issue. Can you imagine? There’s an actual nuclear threat or whatever, things get bad and you save yourself with your awesome apocalypse house only to have the earth beneath you crumble because of an earthquake 6 months later?! Not to mention that, however rich you are, San Francisco and the whole Silicon Valley area has just almost no available land anymore for you to build your apocalypse house and start living in a bunker, pal.

The workaround for that problem has been getting land elsewhere. While a lot of the consumers buying doomsday bunkers are exactly from San Francisco and the Silicon Valley area, they install their deep earth bunkers in Arizona and farther into rural areas of the Midwest. Florida is also off-limits because it’s already below the sea level; the certainty of Florida Flooding makes it a bad place to dig deep into the ground. Same with east coast and cities like Annapolis, always flooding. So, to our taste, Oklahoma is the best place to install a deep earth bunker: it has plenty available (and useful) land and you might actually use it from time to time whenever there’s a tornado – and we all know Oklahoma City is Tornado Alley capital, right?


How much does it cost to build an underground bunker?

But that’s not the only problem for people interested in living in a bunker apocalypse house. Let’s instill you with a paranoia: if things are worse than you’ve figure and you can’t go deep underground or whatever else happens that makes the threat – radiation, fire, water, bombs… - how can you tell that the materials involved with the construction of your doomsday bunker is strong enough to endure it? The main problem is that however popular deep earth bunkers are becoming – and will continue to become, we believe - there are almost no building codes and regulations addressing them. It’s difficult to answer the question of “Do you need a permit to build a bunker?” because some cities have some requirement, some don’t. The only consensus when building an apocalypse house is that the ones living in a bunker require an NBC filtration system. No; it’s not a National Broadcasting Company rig for people to watch SNL and Days of Our Lives; the NBC there stands for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical. It’s any kind of system that collects air from the surface and filters through nuclear, chemical and biological processes to make it safe to breathe by the apocalypse house’s residents. And, of course, all the green technologies in the world that will turn the deep earth bunker into an Off The Grid Home that is self-sufficient not only in regards to power, but food, storage, and entertainment.

How much does it cost to build an underground bunkerBecause of that, take it with a grain of salt the pricing on those babies: the most basic - a pod basically, specifically advertised for tornadoes only - can be as cheap as $3,000 , while an (also basic) room-sized one that promises to shield you from all imaginable horrors goes for $18,900. Above that, apocalypse houses and condos can go from up to $100,000 and beyond. For the people buying doomsday bunkers and installing in their land, we believe there is some appeal for the “weirdness” of it and - while apocalypse doesn’t come - you could make some
airbnb renting money off your shelter, so people that do not have their own deep earth bunker can see how is it like to be locked living in a bunker several feet beneath the ground. People have the weirdest ideas of a fun weekend, right?

Now, the latest news regarding deep earth bunkers is that government took notice of the craze and decided to take part in it. Some states have been giving 25 years of tax exemptions to commercial real estates like Off-street parking facilities with underground shelters that can protect people in case of a terrorist attack, for instance. This alone promises to fuel this industry as a whole and, maybe, make the living in a bunker “dream” more affordable.

Will you have a use for an apocalypse house? On a “less dangerous” scenario of a natural disaster or in a truly apocalyptical setting? Those are all questions we cannot answer on your behalf. To our taste, it’s a little bit like insurance – only more hardcore – and you pay for it hoping to never use it. But if you’re thinking about it and you think it’s worth your try; now you know that living in a bunker apocalypse house is not a futuristic science fiction thing, but something that you can actually secure right now.

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