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House in a cliff serves as a self-sufficient bolthole

House in a cliff serves as a s...
Cliff Haven features a total floorspace of 2,100 sq ft (195 sq m), spread over nine rooms
Cliff Haven features a total floorspace of 2,100 sq ft (195 sq m), spread over nine rooms
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Cliff Haven includes three bedrooms
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Cliff Haven includes three bedrooms
The interior of Cliff Haven measures a total floorspace of 2,100 sq ft (195 sq m)
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The interior of Cliff Haven measures a total floorspace of 2,100 sq ft (195 sq m)
Cliff Haven operates off-the-grid with its own well, solar power, and rainwater collection system
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Cliff Haven operates off-the-grid with its own well, solar power, and rainwater collection system
Cliff Haven comes with 12 acres (4.85 hectares) of land
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Cliff Haven comes with 12 acres (4.85 hectares) of land
Cliff Haven also has a 900-sq ft (83-sq m) two-car garage
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Cliff Haven also has a 900-sq ft (83-sq m) two-car garage
Cliff Haven features a total floorspace of 2,100 sq ft (195 sq m), spread over nine rooms
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Cliff Haven features a total floorspace of 2,100 sq ft (195 sq m), spread over nine rooms
Cliff Haven is heated by a wood burner
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Cliff Haven is heated by a wood burner
Cliff Haven features a total of nine rooms
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Cliff Haven features a total of nine rooms
Cliff Haven features a large outdoor patio area
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Cliff Haven features a large outdoor patio area
Cliff Haven's nearest neighbour is 1 mile (1.6 km) away
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Cliff Haven's nearest neighbour is 1 mile (1.6 km) away
A tunnel has been dug directly behind Cliff Haven
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A tunnel has been dug directly behind Cliff Haven
Cliff Haven was built in the mid-1980's 
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Cliff Haven was built in the mid-1980's 
Cliff Haven has its own orchard and vineyard 
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Cliff Haven has its own orchard and vineyard 
Cliff Haven is located in Montezuma Canyon, Monticello, Utah
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Cliff Haven is located in Montezuma Canyon, Monticello, Utah
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If recent geopolitical events have you wanting to run for the hills, or you'd simply like to escape the trappings of civilization, Utah's remarkable Cliff Haven looks like an ideal place to escape from it all. Built into a cliff back in the mid-1980's, the self-sufficient off-grid home is currently up for sale in a closed auction.

Located in Montezuma Canyon, Monticello, Utah, Cliff Haven comes with 12 acres (4.85 hectares) of land and takes its place very well indeed amongst the rock.

It's promoted as perfect for escaping the prying eyes of "Big Brother" and has something of a post-apocalyptic feel to it, though hardcore survivalists would perhaps be more interested in the Luxury Survival Condos which were designed to withstand a nuclear strike.

The rectangular home features a total floorspace of 2,100 sq ft (195 sq m), spread over nine rooms, including three bedrooms, a couple of bathrooms, and a 900-sq ft (83-sq m) two-car garage. A tunnel has been dug directly behind the home, which allows water runoff to escape, circulates cool air, and also serves as a fire escape.

Cliff Haven features a total of nine rooms
Cliff Haven features a total of nine rooms

Significant thought has obviously been put into ensuring Cliff Haven is self-sufficient. The home includes its own private well and a mature orchard that should keep you supplied with apples, peaches, cherries, etc. There's even a vineyard in the grounds.

A pair of 2,000-gallon (7,570-l) collection tanks store rainwater, while a solar panel array is attached to a battery bank for electricity needs (a diesel generator is on standby in case that fails). Internet and phone connections are also installed.

Cliff Haven is being sold in a closed auction on January 21. Viewings are available and there's more information on the source link below, including a tour video.

Source: Utah Cliff House via Curbed

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2 comments
Milton
you would think that those beams were holding up the rock. I don't understand why you wouldn't just run the walls all the way up to the rock and skip on the roof.
Milton
very cool house non-the-less. I'd be curious to see what it sells for.