The idea of living in a cave isn't usually synonymous with luxury, but homeowner Martin Rawlings may just change your mind. He turned a rustic mountainside dwelling in Caniles, Spain into a sprawling and stylish six-bedroom, six-bathroom residence.
When he first came upon this rocky shelter, it had been used to house donkeys and chickens. But of course, it wasn't the thought of living in a subterranean den that he originally fell in love with -- it was the stunning view from the cliffs that he had to have.
The coolest parts about living in a cave? If Rawlings starts to outgrow it, no problem. He can always begin carving out another room. And, the costs to keep it comfortable are minimal. The underground space offers natural insulation so the temperature stays at an even 74 degrees without air conditioning or heat. Still unsure? Watch the video above and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Click through the slideshow of other lived-in caves below.
Our first stop is in Gerome, Turkey, where the cave dwellings of antiquity still serve as modern-day homes. A natural wonder rich with history and tradition, the Cappadocia region continues to use these cavernous structures for day-to-day living and even offers hotels for tourists to live the experience.
In Santorini, Greece, the village homes are called "yposkafa", or "incave homes," structures that were literally built into large boulders. These sprawling cave homes (which are still lived-in today) are more than impressive. Hotels such as the Aris Caves can even accommodate a stay in one of these beautiful spaces.
Loire Valley has had cave dwellings for quite some time. Referred to as "troglodytes", these carved out spaces continue to serve as modern-day homes. For a full tour of one of these caverns, be sure to follow this man as he walks you through his humble abode in the accompanying video.
You'll probably be surprised to learn that Spain's Canary Islands have some of the most well-preserved cave dwellings. Found in the Guayadeque Ravine, these cave communities (yes, these caverns are used as churches and restaurants as well as homes) serve as major tourist attractions.
An estimated 30 million people live in cave dwellings in Yanan, China--and they're quite happy with their lot. Some spaces are even equipped with modern utilities such as electricity. For more information, watch the accompanying video and be sure to check out the LA Times' coverage on these fascinating communities.
This magnificent, earthy residence wasn't originally suitable for building a home. But when owner Catherine Clark found out her neighbor could start construction on the site, she took advantage of the opportunity and made the Bisbee Cave Home possible.
And of course, we could never leave out Fred and Wilma's Stone Age digs! Dick Clark's "Flintstones Home" is certainly one of the most unique living spaces we've seen, and if you're interested in the residence you'll be happy to know that it's up for grabs!
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