One key aspect of any survival plan is to have an idea of where you intend to live out your survival strategies. Where is all the preparation, planning, skill gathering, and good gathering leading you? Those who prefer the “bug out” model may focus more of their energies on skill gathering with the intention of living out their lives in a mountainous wilderness on the outskirts of what is currently considered society. Those interested in this model, no matter where they live now, don’t really need to focus on the details of where they’ll live once disaster strikes – they’ll probably be migratory, in flux, wanderers. This is a great strategy for individuals and small groups, those without close family ties, and the physically exceptionally-fit.
Others adhere to the “bug in” or “bunkering” methodology and may focus more on collecting sufficient goods and technologies for immediate living at a particular, typically rural location. While these preppers must also gather sufficient survival skills for long-term living their immediate survival does not depend on them. Such a situation offers family and friends who may live far away from the survival hub a chance to get to safety after the apocalypse and therefore greatly increases the chance of families being united or large communities cropping up.
While everyone who survives the apocalypse will need be somewhere (and many will stay in the cities, succumbing to the possibilities of large-scale gang warfare and resource scarcity) only those who plan on bunkering in rural areas need to worry about their post-apocalypal property in detailed terms now. While this is by no means a complete list or assessment the below highlights a few properties in the United States that are particularly well suited for bunker preppers. If you are looking into this form of survivalist preparation looking into a property in your area with similar features in the first step. From there: STOCK UP!
Rural NY, Just minutes from the PA border ($70,000): This 4 bedroom farmhouse features its own orchard and a private, deadened access road. Pros include the arable land, deep well, currently available food source, easy forest access, ultra-rural location, and price. Cons include the age of the house (it’ll need some repairs and conversions). Overall this is a GREAT property for any prepper in the area – it’s nearly ideal, actually. A few repairs, pour some cement, and you’ve got survivalist gold here.
Sedan, NM ($399,900): Sweet deals like the property above just don’t come around everyday. It’s more likely that you’ll be looking at something like this beautiful Log Cabin in New Mexico. Pros: 4 bedrooms, 80 acres, barn, two sheds, and a pioneer cabin included. This property is situated in a wooded area with its own orchard and gardens as well as great hunting. Cons: no mention of water access other than a stream. The buyer may also have to look into building a cellar. Overall this is also a great property – my favorite features are the additional buildings that will make it possible for the buyer to keep livestock. Even just having a few animals – goats, a horse or two, chickens – can be the difference between starvation and survival.
Historical Farm in Savannah, TN ($400,000): Why not take some history with you into the next era of humanity? This beautiful 4 bedroom farmhouse sits on 86 acres. Also included in the purchase are several barns and out buildings, two ponds and four streams, and 4 fireplaces. Pros: historic charm, extensive living spaces (multiple residences on the land), forest as well as aerated land, grazing spaces, storage, plenty of water, and manual heat. Cons: only 7 miles from “town”, may need some insulation. Overall there’s little wrong with the property itself. My only concern is the proximity to town, 7 miles is any easy walk for desperate neighbors, the final verdict would depend on the size of the town – the smaller the better.
Luxury in Western MT ($705,000): Not only are these 55 acres of Montana land useful, they’re downright luxurious. Stunning views, a golf course, hot springs, and a downhill skiing area are all nearby (and fair game once traditional property laws collapse). The property itself offers (again) 4 bedrooms, a stream, spring, pond, AND well, fenced pastures, plenty of forest access, and numerous outbuildings. Pros: the amazing water availability, food production capabilities, buildings, amenity access, hunting, and view. Cons: no mention of currently existing agriculture. This property is beautiful, rural, functional, and luxurious – if you can confirm that the land is arable and can start growing a veggie garden and orchard (and a vineyard?) this will be a phenomenal place to spend the end of the world.
While these are only a few examples of properties at various price-points do note that each property comes with some common elements: Arable land, forest, water access, storage space, a solid home. These features are necessary to success whether you’re traveling to some as-yet-undetermined location to find them or if you’re planning to hunker down in a single location and grow a new life. If you’re considering buying a property in preparation for the apocalypse please be sure to consider these features in your choice – and remember, the more rural the better.