Updated: Dec 19, 2020
Vivos Group already specializes in building bunkers to help the super-rich survive armageddon, but this latest development has taken things up a notch. It’s called Vivos xPoint, and the super-bunker has enough room for 5,000 people. Even more outstanding? It is strong enough to protect people from a 500,000-pound explosion. There are 575 bunkers covering nine square miles inside Vivos xPoint — so called because, according to the company, “xPoint” is “the point in time when only the prepared will survive.” The complex is situated in South Dakota and is made of rock-solid concrete and steel.
Originally, the structures were used by the army to store weapons and ammunition. That’s why they are so strong — the whole point was that they wouldn’t disintegrate if the bombs inside them accidentally went off. Enlarge Image The bunkers used to house army weapons and ammunition. Courtesy of The Vivos Group In 1967 they stopped being used, and the insides were cleared out. Last year Vivos bought the area and began work to transform it into a unique community. Bunkers are about 26 feet wide and up to 80 feet long, making them roomy enough to keep enough supplies for 12 months. The downside? They don’t have electricity, plumbing or air filtering so you’ll be on your own with that one. Of course, you can get a fully decked out bunker, but it’ll cost you more. So how expensive are the bunkers? For a deposit of $25,000, you get a 99-year lease, but you need to pay an extra $1,000 a year for it. Basic renovations including an escape hatch, air vents, fuel tank, wiring, and plumbing cost $12,000. If you’re feeling flush, you could stump up $20,300 for the more expensive option which includes more walls and better flooring. Well, if you’re going to be stuck in it for 12 months after the apocalypse you might want a few creature comforts. Each area is big enough for between 10 and 20 people, and there are all kinds of decor options. Using LED screens can make the bunker feel like it has windows, plus you can create separate kitchen and dining areas. Even better? There are full-time staff on call to make you as comfortable as possible. They’re the ones to call if anything starts breaking while you’re in your bunker.