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).
Photo: Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library The Cliff House, San Francisco, California, 2008.
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Photo: Eric Risberg/AP Old house on the cliff on the left bank of Kura River, Tbilisi, Georgia, c1910.
Photo: Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky/ Library of Congress The Kittatinny Hotel, overlooking the Delaware River, Pennsylvania, c1900.
Photo: Library of Congress House on a cliff on Hierro Island (Canary Islands, Spain).
Photo: JMN/Cover/Getty Images The Mushroom House, designed by Dale Naegle in the 1960s. La Jolla, California.
Photo: OaklandNative The Holman House by Durbach Block. Dover Heights, Sydney.
Photo: Durbach Block Robert Bruno's Steel House near Lubbock, Texas
Photo: Robert Bruno Town of Manarola, province of La Spezia, Liguria, Italy.
Photo: tonyduckles Dogon Cliff Houses, Southeastern Mali.
Photo: David Holt London Castellfollit de la Roca (Catalonia, Spain), a village perched atop a fifty meter-high basalt crag
Photo: Wiros Hanging Houses of Cuenca, Spain.
Photo: G Travels Meteora monasteries in Greece.
Photo: Davide78 House On The Rocks by Fran Silvestre Architects. Ayora, Valencia, Spain.
Photo: Fernando Alda / fransilvestrenavarro.com The Leonard J. Malin Residence, aka Chemosphere, Los Angeles, California. Architect: John Lautner.
Photo: Jeremy Sternberg The Stahl House, Los Angeles, California. Architect: Pierre Koenig.
Photo: rward2008 The by Original Vision Studio. Cape Sol, Phuket, Thailand. Villa Amanzi
Photo: Original Vision Studio The Michael Gantert Residence, the last Pierre Koenig design. Hollywood, California.
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.
Photo: twiga269 The Cliff House by Fearon Hay Architects, overlooking Rangitoto island and the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand.
Photo: Patrick Reynolds/fearonhay.com The Headland House by Fearon Hay Architects, Waiheke Island, New Zealand.
Photo: Patrick Reynolds/fearonhay.com The Sandy Bay Farm House by Fearon Hay Architects, Tututkaka coast. New Zealand.
Photo: Patrick Reynolds/fearonhay.com House on the Cliff by Fran Silvestre Architects, Calp, Spain.
Photo: Diego Opazo/fransilvestrenavarro.com Cliff House by Altius Architecture. Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada, 2009.
Photo: Altius Skeleton bay Cottage by Altius Architecture. Ontario, Canada.
Photo: Altius The Cove 3 by Saota and Antoni Associates. Near Knysna, Western Cape Province, South Africa, 2010.
Photo: Saota Vame by SAOTA. Yzerfontein, South Africa.