This humble abode aptly named “Cliff House” is a five-storey home that clings precariously to the edge of the cliff at a coast in Australia. This modern house is not for the faint of heart, but if you are daring enough to step inside it, you will be rewarded with stunning ocean views.
Among the most famous cliff or mountain homes is the “Hanging Houses of Cuenca” or Casas Colgadas (“Hanged Houses”), a complex of houses located in the city of Cuenca in central Spain. Although their origins are uncertain, it is thought that these houses have been existing since the 15th century. They stand precariously high above a ravine of the Huecar river.
Manarola is a frazione (small town) in the province of La Spezia, northern Italy. The town is the second smallest of the popular line of Cinque Terre towns. It is known for its picturesque seaside villages that stand atop a cliff.
Another modern cliff house in Australia is the “House Holman,” designed by the architecture firm Durbach Block Jaggers. It sits atop the 70-meter cliff at Dover Heights, New South Wales. The living and dining rooms jut out above the ocean, which gives breathtaking views of the coast.
Dover Heights has a lot of seaside residential buildings located on top of the cliffs, but none of them looks as quite dangerous as “House Holman.”
One of the popular tourist sights in Bonifacio, in the French island of Corsica, is the line of houses standing precariously on top of the limestone cliffs. These houses look like they’re on the brink of falling. However, they still stand strong despite the constant beatings by the Mediterranean Sea waves.
Although not exactly residential in nature, the Phuktal (or Phugtal) Monastery is what the Buddhist monks call home. Located in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, Northern India, this monastery is quite remote that it is only accessible by foot. The word “Phuktal” is derived from the word phuk which means “cave,” as the monastery is built on the mouth of a natural cave present in the cliff. The cave also features a natural spring which the monks consider as sacred.
If you want to see out-of-this-world rock formations, then you should put “The Meteora” in your bucket list. The Meteora (which means “suspended in the air” in Greek) is a group of high monolithic rock pillars. On top of some of these pillars and cliffs are a number of ancient Greek Orthodox monasteries.
One of these monasteries is the Monastery of the Holy Trinity (pictured), which was built in the 15th century.
The small municipality of Castellfollit de la Roca (population: 1,1013 as of 2013) in Catalonia, Spain is situated on top of the basalt crag which is as high as 50 meters (164 feet)!
The “Cliff House” is a restaurant in California, sitting on top of the cliff that overlooks the Ocean Beach. In 1896 the house was rebuilt as a grand Victorian-style palace. However, it was burned to the ground in 1907. The “Cliff House” was soon rebuilt, but this time in a Neo-Classical architecture which is the basis of the building’s current style.
Robert Bruno was an American sculptor and inventor who moved to Lubbock, Texas to teach at a local tech university. In 1973 he started building his unusual-shaped house which took after the style of one of his art pieces. The house is constructed with weathering steel. Sadly, Bruno died in 2008, leaving the house incomplete.
The house overlooks the rim of the Ransom Canyon, a town 15 miles east of Lubbock. It is often the favorite site of professional photographers who do photo-shoots with their models.