There seems to be a new trend for ultra-rich homeowners and it has nothing to do with pools or garages. Wealthy people, like Mark Zuckerberg and Gwyneth Paltrow, are reported to be among those looking for spots to ride out anything from an ISIS attack to a natural disaster in state-of-the art panic rooms, reports Adrienne Gaffney for Town & Country Magazine.
These spaces aren’t just lead-lined rooms anymore, they’re “more five-star retreat than cinder block fallout shelter.” "They may want a facility that's nuclear-proof, but they also want it to look like a Ritz-Carlton," says Lana Corbi, who, with her husband Al, runs the security firm Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments.
Tom Gaffney, the founder of Gaffco Ballistics, said panic rooms used to be built separately, but now the entire bedroom is made into a safe room. “In the high-end residential market, they don't expect to see a Jodie Foster–style safe room," he says. Instead, a bedroom is outfitted with bulletproof windows, ballistic fiberglass to secure doors against explosions, an air filtration unit to protect against a gas attack, and a panic button, all of which creates an area that's as impenetrable as a traditional safe room but considerably more comfortable.