Extreme Real Estate: Cave Cribs

Humans have been seeking shelter in caves since the dawn of time. However, cave living isn’t just for cave men (or women) anymore.

These stone domiciles aren’t exactly easy to find – at least not in the U.S. – so we started our search across the Atlantic, where you might find yourself preparing a nice selection of tapas in your cavernous kitchen.

A Cave Casa in Los Carriones

In the sleepy, rural villages outside Granada in southern Spain, cave dwellings are about as common as tract houses in suburban Los Angeles. For many hundreds of years, Spanish families dug out or closed off caves for use as personal residences because the caves remained cool in the scorching summer months. Over the years many fell into disrepair as cave dwellers sought more traditional housing.

More recently, the cave casas have been restored and upgraded such as ‘Cueva Margarita’ in the tiny Andalucian village of Los Carriones, currently listed with an asking price of €126,000, or about $180,000 US at current rates.

In addition to the three bedrooms and one full bathroom, the recently-rehabilitated cave includes a sitting room with a high ceiling and fireplace, and a large, modern eat-in kitchen with all the comforts of a traditional house, including a built-in washer/dryer. At the front is a large gravel patio for outdoor dining and sunbathing and the property includes an unrestored outbuilding that can be converted into a garage or additional living space.

For additional information, contact 1 Casa in Malaga, Spain by phone (011 34 95 249 5509) or by e-mail at info@1casa.com.


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