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House of the week: Arizona cave home (VIDEO)


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comp:00005039d788:0000000ccd:3dae 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"> <span class="vvqbox vvqyoutube" style="width:425px;height:344px;"><span id="vvq-95505-youtube-1"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDYHfclReXQ"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/GDYHfclReXQ/0.jpg" alt="YouTube Preview Image" /></a></span></span> <p><a href="http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3204-W-Highway-80-Bisbee-AZ-85603/7408491_zpid/">3204 W Highway 80, Bisbee AZ</a><br /> For sale: $1.5 million</p> <p>When Randy and Cathy Clark were first touring their new 37-acre parcel in <a href="http://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Bisbee-AZ/">Bisbee, AZ</a>, they heard a blasting sound. Curious, they went up the road to investigate.</p> <p>&#8220;We met our neighbor, a Swedish mining engineer, who was blasting into the side of the mountain,&#8221; explained Cathy Clark.&#8221;It was a happy accident that he happened to be building a cave at the same time that we were moving in.&#8221;</p> <p>The neighbor took a look at the rock formation on the Clarks&#8217; property and determined that it would work for a cave home.</p> <p>&#8220;The blasting took a year and half,&#8221; Clark said. &#8220;And the finishes took 15 years, so we built a guest house in the meantime.&#8221;</p> <p>The years of carving and building gave way to a cave home that is filled with custom finishes and touches. But this isn&#8217;t rustic living, notes Clark.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s very comfortable, and it feels very normal [to live in a cave],&#8221; she said. &#8220;I don&#8217;t know if that goes back to some ancestral DNA.&#8221;</p> <p>One of the best features of the property, says <a href="http://thecavehouse.com/">listing agent Jean Noreen</a>, is the oasis-like quality of the land.</p> <p>Not only does the property have a spring, but it naturally fills several pools and the Clarks have built patios and stairs throughout to provide access. A hot tub is even built into the stone to mimic the natural pools.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s like your own national park,&#8221; Noreen said.</p> <p>The cave home measures 2,980 square feet with 3 bedrooms — one of which is a loft — and 3 baths. High ceilings, a gourmet kitchen and natural light at the front and back of the cave keep the home from ever feeling dank or prehistoric.</p> <p>And of course, like any cave home, the temperature remains consistent all year round.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator/">Zillow&#8217;s mortgage calculator</a>, a monthly payment on the home would be $5,314, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/30_Year_Fixed_Mortgage_Rates/">30-year mortgage</a>.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-08-21/house-of-the-week-al-capones-estate/">House of the Week: Al Capone Estate (VIDEO)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-07-03/house-of-the-week-portlandia-eyebrow-house-video/">House of the Week: &#8216;Portlandia&#8217; Eyebrow Home (VIDEO)</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-08-15/house-of-the-week-new-mexico-home-for-viewing-the-stars/">House of the Week: New Mexico Home for Viewing the Stars</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <script type="text/javascript"> swfobject.embedSWF("http://www.youtube.com/v/GDYHfclReXQ&amp;rel=0&amp;fs=1&amp;showsearch=0&amp;showinfo=0", "vvq-95505-youtube-1", "425", "344", "10", vvqexpressinstall, vvqflashvars, vvqparams, vvqattributes); </script> </div>
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