Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

One of the ultimate desires of humankind: living on the solitary edge between urban luxury and the embrace of nature. Houses on cliffs and rocks reflect this desire well. You might find your dream house among the next 27 buildings; many of them are true examples of exceptional architectural design and outstanding engineering.

The Cliff House, San Francisco, California (1896-1907).

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library


The Cliff House, San Francisco, California, 2008.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Eric Risberg/AP


Old house on the cliff on the left bank of Kura River, Tbilisi, Georgia, c1910.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky/Library of Congress


The Kittatinny Hotel, overlooking the Delaware River, Pennsylvania, c1900.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Library of Congress


House on a cliff on Hierro Island (Canary Islands, Spain).

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: JMN/Cover/Getty Images


The Mushroom House, designed by Dale Naegle in the 1960s. La Jolla, California.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: OaklandNative


The Holman House by Durbach Block. Dover Heights, Sydney.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Durbach Block


Robert Bruno's Steel House near Lubbock, Texas

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Robert Bruno


Town of Manarola, province of La Spezia, Liguria, Italy.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: tonyduckles


Dogon Cliff Houses, Southeastern Mali.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: David Holt London


Castellfollit de la Roca (Catalonia, Spain), a village perched atop a fifty meter-high basalt crag

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Wiros


Hanging Houses of Cuenca, Spain.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: G Travels


Meteora monasteries in Greece.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Davide78


House On The Rocks by Fran Silvestre Architects. Ayora, Valencia, Spain.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Fernando Alda/fransilvestrenavarro.com


The Leonard J. Malin Residence, aka Chemosphere, Los Angeles, California. Architect: John Lautner.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Jeremy Sternberg


The Stahl House, Los Angeles, California. Architect: Pierre Koenig.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: rward2008


The Villa Amanzi by Original Vision Studio. Cape Sol, Phuket, Thailand.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Original Vision Studio


The Michael Gantert Residence, the last Pierre Koenig design. Hollywood, California.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Jeremy Sternberg


The Monte Rosa Hut near Zermatt at the foot of Monte Rosa, at an altitude of 2,795 metres, owned by the Swiss Alpine Club, inaugurated in 2009.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: twiga269


The Cliff House by Fearon Hay Architects, overlooking Rangitoto island and the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Patrick Reynolds/fearonhay.com


The Headland House by Fearon Hay Architects, Waiheke Island, New Zealand.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Patrick Reynolds/fearonhay.com


The Sandy Bay Farm House by Fearon Hay Architects, Tututkaka coast. New Zealand.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Patrick Reynolds/fearonhay.com


House on the Cliff by Fran Silvestre Architects, Calp, Spain.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Diego Opazo/fransilvestrenavarro.com


Cliff House by Altius Architecture. Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada, 2009.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Altius


Skeleton bay Cottage by Altius Architecture. Ontario, Canada.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Altius


The Cove 3 by Saota and Antoni Associates. Near Knysna, Western Cape Province, South Africa, 2010.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Saota


Vame by SAOTA. Yzerfontein, South Africa.

Amazing Cliff Houses: Literally Living on the Edge

Photo: Saota