Vicino, who launched the Vivos project last December, says he seeks buyers willing to pay $50,000 for adults and $25,000 for children.
The company is starting with a 13,000-square-foot refurbished underground shelter formerly operated by the U.S. government at an undisclosed location near Barstow, Calif., that will have room for 134 people, he says.
Vicino puts the average cost for a shelter at $10 million.
Vivos plans for facilities as large as 100,000 square feet, says real estate broker Dan Hotes of Seattle, who over the past four years has collaborated with Vicino on a project involving partial ownership of high-priced luxury homes and is now involved with Vivos.
Philip K. Dick obviously did not invent the bomb shelter, but he did think of some unique threat/counter-threat scenarios for even the most technologically advanced shelter, like Bore-Pellets and the Grill-Screen Adaptor . In his snarky 1955 short story Foster, You're Dead, he describes a keep-up-with-the-Jones' kind of arms race, the consumerist version of shelter purchasing:
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