Hollywood Elite Rush To Build Doomsday Bunkers

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Hollywood’s elite are scrambling to purchase million dollar doomsday
bunkers in Los Angeles according to reports by real estate agents in the
local area. 

Global anxieties continue to grow regarding the possibility of World War 3 occurring, which seems to be the motivation behind recent “doomsday” bunker purchasers by the Hollywood elite, sports stars, and reportedly Bill
Gates.

Hollywoodreporter.com reports:

Those who can afford to pull out all the stops for so-called
self-preservation are doing so — in a fashion that goes way beyond the
submerged corrugated metal units adopted by reality show “preppers” — to
prepare for anything from nuclear bombings to drastic climate-change
events.

Gary Lynch, GM at Rising S Bunkers, a Texas-based company that
specializes in underground bunkers and services scores of Los Angeles
residences, says that sales at the most upscale end of the market —
mainly to actors, pro athletes and politicians (who require signed NDAs)
— have increased 700 percent this year compared with 2015, and overall
sales have risen 150 percent.

“Any time there is a turbulent political landscape, we see a spike in
our sales. Given this election is as turbulent as it is, we are gearing
up for an even bigger spike,” says marketing director Brad Roberson of
sales of bunkers that start at $39,000 and can run $8.35 million or more
(FYI, a 12-stall horse shelter is $98,500).

Adds Mike Peters, owner of Utah-based Ultimate Bunker, which builds
high-end versions in California, Texas and Minnesota: “People are going
for luxury [to] live underground because they see the future is going to
be rough.

Everyone I’ve talked to thinks we are doomed, no matter who is
elected.” Robert Vicino, founder of Del Mar, Calif.-based Vivos, which
constructs upscale community bunkers in Indiana (he believes coastal
flooding scenarios preclude bunkers being safely built west of the
Rockies), says, “Bill Gates has huge shelters under every one of his
homes, in Rancho Santa Fe and Washington.

His head of security visited with us a couple years ago, and for
these multibillionaires, a few million is nothing. It’s really just the
newest form of insurance.”

Rising S Bunkers installed a 37-room, 9,000-square-foot complex in
Napa Valley for an Academy Award-winning client that rang in at $10.28
million, with a bowling alley, sauna, jacuzzi, shooting range and an
ultra-large home theater.

Swimming pools, greenhouses, game rooms and gyms are other amenities
offered. This year, on another Napa Valley property, the company
constructed a $9 million, 7,600-square-foot compound with horse stables
and accommodations for 12, along with four escape tunnels leading to
outlets on the estate, multiple hidden rooms — in case “you let someone
in whom you do not fully trust,” says Lynch — and an aboveground safe
house “disguised as a horse barn.” The company also is designing a $3
million bunker for “a major sports figure from Southern California.”

The company’s best-selling bunkers for L.A. are 10 by 50 feet, start
at $112,000 and have their own power sources, water supplies and
air-filtration systems: “These complexes accommodate families of four or
five and are self-sustaining,” says Roberson, adding: “You can pretty
much put a palace underground anywhere there is physically enough room.”

Regardless, Ellia Thompson, chair of land use practice at Ervin Cohen
& Jessup in Beverly Hills, notes that zoning guidelines vary
throughout L.A., so one should check with the city department of
building and safety about permits: “A special permit may be required if
you are digging out more dirt than certain basement quantities.”

Business has doubled in the past year at Ultimate Bunker, which just
built a $10 million complex on a 700-acre property a few hours north of
Minneapolis for a client “known for television, who has his own show,”
says Peters. Two 1,000-square-foot bunkers (one for storage) are
connected by 300 feet of tunnels to the main 6,800-square-foot home as
well as three guesthouses that each boast a $200,000 bunker “to take
care of his family and friends,” says Peters. “It’s like an underground
mansion with more mansions on top of it.”

Al Corbi, president and founder of S.A.F.E. (Strategically Armored
& Fortified Environments), with offices in West Hollywood, says that
his most spectacular projects were $100 million subterranean
residences, one for a global venture capitalist and the other for an
East Coast developer to mimic the Universal CityWalk promenade, with a
pizzeria and wellness outpost that, he says, “resembles a Burke Williams
day spa.”

Corbi says both bunkers protect from nuclear holocaust (8 feet of
soil blocks radioactive fallout), pandemic (a positive-pressure air
system with HEPA filters keeps contaminants out), electromagnetic pulses
and solar flares (using a metal encasement), among other threats.
“Power technology has improved tremendously thanks in part to Tesla and
lithium-ion batteries that only degrade a maximum of 10 percent after 30
years,” says Corbi. “And now there is food with a 25-year minimum shelf
life. [The owners] could be the next Adam and Eve.”

When it comes to the details of secret passageways and hidden doors,
many in Hollywood turn to Arizona-based Creative Home Engineering.
“We’ve seen year-over-year growth of about 20 percent, but perhaps more
telling is an increasing percentage of clientele who need their secret
door to employ high-security features,” notes president Steve Humble,
who says before, 60 percent of secret doors in cigar rooms, home
theaters, children’s bedrooms and the like were for novelty value.
“Nowadays, 80 percent are used for security. In the past year, I have
performed installations inside two nuclear-protected complexes with more
than 10 secret doors each, one in the L.A. area owned by a plastic
surgeon.”

Film fantasies play a part in the choice of secret entrances. “Many
of my clients come to me knowing what movie secret door they would like
duplicated,” says Humble, who cites as top inspirations Indiana Jones
and the Last Crusade, the Batman and James Bond franchises, Mr. &
Mrs. Smith and Goonies, on which a popular access control device that
“requires that a certain sequence of notes be played on the piano to get
the door to open” is based. There’s also Get Smart: “At this moment, we
are converting a phone booth [inside a private residence] so that when
the user dials the correct number, the back panel opens to grant access
to a secure area.” He adds: “I can tell you that we’ve built secret
doors for many of the most recognizable and highly awarded directors and
celebrities in Hollywood. There are a lot of Oscars and Emmys tucked
away safely behind my secret doors.”

We are definitely living in scary but amazing times, and even though the media would have us believe the world is about to end, it may actually just be beginning!



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