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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 Sydney 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)

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


The Cliff House, San Francisco, California, 2008

Picture: Eric Risberg/AP


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

Picture: Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky/Library of Congress


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

Picture: Library of Congress


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

Picture: JMN/Cover/Getty Images


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

Picture: OaklandNative


The Holman House by Durbach Block (Dover Heights, Sydney)

Picture: Durbach Block


Robert Bruno’s Steel House near Lubbock, Texas

Picture: Robert Bruno


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

Picture: tonyduckles


Dogon Cliff Houses, Southeastern Mali.

Picture: David Holt London


Castellfollit de la Roca (Catalonia, Spain), a village perched atop a 50m high basalt crag

Picture: Wiros


Hanging Houses of Cuenca, Spain

Picture: G Travels


Meteora monasteries in Greece

Picture: Davide78


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

Picture: Fernando Alda/fransilvestrenavarro.com


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

Picture: jrmyst


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

Picture: rward2008


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

Picture: Original Vision Studio


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

Picture: jrmyst


The Monte Rosa Hut near Zermatt at the foot of Monte Rosa, at an altitude of 2795 metres, owned by the Swiss Alpine Club, inaugurated in 2009.

Picture: twiga269


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

Picture: Patrick Reynolds/fearonhay.com


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

Picture: Patrick Reynolds/fearonhay.com


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

Picture: Patrick Reynolds/fearonhay.com


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

Picture: Diego Opazo/fransilvestrenavarro.com


Cliff House by Altius Architecture (Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada)

Picture: Altius


Skeleton bay Cottage by Altius Architecture (Ontario, Canada)

Picture: Altius


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

Picture: Saota


Vame by SAOTA (Yzerfontein, South Africa)

Picture: Saota