3204 W Highway 80, Bisbee AZ
For sale: $1.5 million
When Randy and Cathy Clark were first touring their new 37-acre parcel in Bisbee, AZ, they heard a blasting sound. Curious, they went up the road to investigate.
“We met our neighbor, a Swedish mining engineer, who was blasting into the side of the mountain,” explained Cathy Clark.”It was a happy accident that he happened to be building a cave at the same time that we were moving in.”
The neighbor took a look at the rock formation on the Clarks’ property and determined that it would work for a cave home.
“The blasting took a year and half,” Clark said. “And the finishes took 15 years, so we built a guest house in the meantime.”
The years of carving and building gave way to a cave home that is filled with custom finishes and touches. But this isn’t rustic living, notes Clark.
“It’s very comfortable, and it feels very normal [to live in a cave],” she said. “I don’t know if that goes back to some ancestral DNA.”
One of the best features of the property, says listing agent Jean Noreen, is the oasis-like quality of the land.
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.
“It’s like your own national park,” Noreen said.
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.