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Cliff Haven / Monticello, Utah


Located in South Eastern Utah, the three-bedroom, two-bath Cliff Haven sits on 12 acres and comes with all the modern amenities you’d expect—WiFi, a detached 2-car garage, and Amazon delivery, for example.

But that’s where the similarities to urban life stop. Unlike your average tract home, the 195-square-metre, energy-efficient house was built inside a cliff. Similar in colour to the stunning red rock formations in nearby Arches National Park, the cliff house lets nature take centre stage. Even the master bedroom features the red rocks as backdrop.

The property is also self-sufficient. Solar panels power the entire house, while a private well provides fresh water and a 12,000-gallon cistern collects rainwater and run off. There’s a backup diesel generator to ensure power as well.

When the original home owner built the property in 1986, they created a tunnel behind the house to help with water run off and create a natural fresh air circulation system. Throw in a vineyard, vegetable garden, and a mature orchard—think apples, peaches, cherries, and more—and you’ve got the makings of a complete off-the-grid cave castle — via Curbed

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