Luxury condos promise more than mere survival

Luxury Survival Condos: The 15-storey buildings  include 'parks' and gyms, swimming pools and surgery centres. Pictures:

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

But you’ll be fine.

That’s the implicit message of the Luxury Survival Condo, which offers a “life assurance” policy to those who can afford it.

That policy comes in the form of a living unit in a decommissioned Kansas missile silo, along with survival training (mandatory), a five-year food supply per occupant, two floors of hydroponic gardens and an aquaculture system to farm fish, a swimming pool, an indoor shooting range, a dog “park”, a gym, a game arcade and a “minor surgery centre”, among other features.

It’s all encased in up to nearly three metres of special concrete, a “nuclear-hardened” space that plunges 14 stories underground.

A full-floor unit has about 170 square metres of living space, costs $3m (€2.4m) and can accommodate six to 10 people, according to the company.

A half-floor unit has about 80 square metres, costs $1.5m (€1.2m) and houses three to five people.

Don’t bother asking about a mortgage, though; you’ll need cash, because most banks won’t extend a loan “due to the nature of the project,” the company says.

The main condo complex is already sold out, but more than half of a second, under-construction complex is still available, including penthouse units that start at $4.5m (€3.6m).

“These units will be sold out well before they are completed,” the company warns, “so do not hesitate to get a unit under contract.”


We know porridge is one of the best ways to start the day but being virtuous day in, day out can be boring.The Shape I'm In: Food blogger Indy Power

Sheila O’Flanagan can’t pin down an exact number of books she has written.First lady of fiction: Sheila O'Flanagan is happy to be accessible

This might not be the most entertaining topic but it is that time of year when colds, flus and nasty bugs enter classrooms and homes.Mum's the Word: Top tips for keeping nasty bugs and illnesses at bay

Laura Whalen is a Munster-based dollmaker and mother-of-five, and the founder of the Bábóg project, a community crafting drive to make a commemorative doll for all the babies born in Irish mother and baby homes.Made in Munster: Meet the West Cork dollmaker who uses bio-degradable materials for her craft

More From The Irish Examiner