Arizona Cave Home Carved Into a Mountain Beckons Intrepid Buyers


In the mid-’80s a couple who owned 37 acres in the high Arizona desert wanted to build something a little different.

Employing a Swedish mining technique, they carved a comfortable modern home into a mountainside in the former mining town of Bisbee. Their ingenious idea created a weatherproof home unlike any other in the world.

Now, the one-of-a-kind cave house is on the market for $998,500. It awaits new owners who totally dig adventurous, beautiful, underground living.

The cave dwelling has been featured on HGTV and Forbes, and we even covered it way back in 2013.

The current owner purchased the three-bedroom, four-bathroom, 2,500-square-foot home in 2018 for $987,000. But after just a couple of months of ownership, he decided to sell the property so he could travel the world, according to listing agent Krystal Winters.

The main house includes a jaw-dropping tropical bathroom, a kitchen, dining area, spiral staircase, and loft bedroom.

The property is fed by natural hot springs, which fill pools and a hot tub located throughout the property. The boulders surrounding the home keep temperatures constant throughout long, hot desert summers and chilly winters.

Above ground is a detached two-story guesthouse with an office, library, workshop, and carport.

Living space
Living space

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Kitchen
Kitchen

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Dining room
Dining room

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Tropical bath
Tropical bath

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Hallway
Hallway

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Loft bedroom
Loft bedroom

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Another bedroom
Another bedroom

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Patio
Patio

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Guesthouse
Guesthouse

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Springs
Springs

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Bisbee sits in Southern Arizona among the Mule Mountains. During the early 1900s, it was a booming mining town. After the mine closed in the 1970s, the town was reinvented as a haven for artists looking for an inexpensive place to settle down.

The cave home is an ideal representation of the area—rugged and fiercely individual. And considering the home was listed for $1.5 million in 2013, the current list price makes this quirky abode a bargain to boot.



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Seahawks’ Mike Iupati Sells Arizona Home With Pro Sports Pedigree


Former Arizona Cardinals guard Mike Iupati recently unloaded his Tuscan-style resort home in Phoenix for $1.45 million, about $50,000 shy of his original asking price.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the hulking offensive lineman was the fourth professional athlete to own the home over the last decade or so. Given the number of pro athletes the home has attracted, chances are that the recent buyer is a baller of some sort.

The roster of owners of the 5,570-square-foot home includes former NFL quarterback Matt Leinart, NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire, and former NFL guard Daryn Colledge.

Now playing for the Seattle Seahawks, Iupati purchased the home in 2015 for $1.365 million.

Wrought-iron accents adorn the staircase.
Wrought-iron accents adorn the staircase.

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Greek columns add drama to the dining and living space.
Greek columns add drama to the dining and living space.

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The lush landscape gives the home the feel of a resort.
The lush landscape gives the home the feel of a resort.

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The backyard features a patio, pool, and boulder slide.
The backyard features a patio, pool, and boulder slide.

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The five-bedroom home sits on an acre of land and is located about 30 miles from the stadium of the University of Phoenix. It features many custom finishes, including tile floors, dramatic pillars, a sweeping staircase, a two-story great room, wrought-iron accents, a dining room under a tray ceiling, and a family room with a fireplace.

The outside of the home resembles a luxe resort, with its lush landscaping, dining patio, and a pool with a spa, grotto, and boulder slide.

Iupati is from American Samoa, and his family had moved to California by the time he entered high school. He later attended the University of Idaho, where he was an All-American before being drafted by the 49ers in 2010. He played five seasons with the 49ers and four with the Arizona Cardinals, and has racked up four Pro Bowl appearances in 10 seasons.



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