These renders for the Terra Vivos community showcase a nicely appointed entertainment room with 42-50" flat panel, a washing room and other amenities you might expect from a resort. Looks relaxing, huh? But Terra Vivos is not your typical community development, nor are the plans designed for rest and relaxation. No, this underground shelter network was originally designed as a bomb shelter and is now being offered as a safe haven in the case of a catastrophic emergency for $50,000 per person (kids half price!).
The Barstow bunker was built to withstand a 50-megaton nuclear blast 10 miles away, 450mph winds, a magnitude-10 earthquake, 10 days of 1,250°F surface fires, and three weeks beneath any flood. Vicino says that a soon-to-be-installed air-filtration system will also neutralize any biological, chemical or nuclear attacks. The Barstow branch will stock enough food and clothing to sustain 135 people for at least a year, and in a lifestyle that Vicino describes as compact but luxurious, like being on a cruise ship. Getting on board requires a $5,000 deposit, he says, to be held in escrow until the bunker is ready to move into, at which point the remainder is due. As of August, several hundred people had put their money down for a spot in one of his bunkers, he says; 75 for Barstow thus far.
Interestingly enough, the developer is less worried about warfare than predicted solar activity in 2013; electromagnetic pulses caused by solar storms could knock out modern power grids and bring bedlam and chaos across the country. Sound like pessimistic, the-sky-is-falling balderdash? Perhaps, but it's still a fascinating real estate proposition.
More images and details about the plans for Terra Vivos over at Pop-Sci.