Humans have been seeking out caves as a source of shelter for millennia. But long gone are the days of dusty floors and dark, uninviting crannies filled with unknown specters.
In fact, a house in Lamy, N.M. turns the whole idea of the dark cave dwelling on its head. Seriously. The real estate listing says, “It’s the definition of light and bright.”
The one bed and one and a half bath house sits inside an impressive, rural limestone rock formation that looks completely unassuming from just a few hundred yards away.
Everything changes once you get a little closer look.
The structure looks relatively small, but the house inside actually boasts 2,300 square feet with heaps of natural New Mexico sunlight streaming in. A loft space greets you as you walk through the door. It would be the perfect space for stargazing.
Just down the stairs the living room shows off faux adobe walls and includes a beautiful fireplace for those chilly high desert winter evenings.
The open floor plan continues the feeling of bright, light-filled space.
The house was built in 1987 but the kitchen looks bright, modern, and timeless. Plus, it comes with another little fireplace and a cozy breakfast nook.
Just wait until you see the outdoor spaces. An upstairs patio overlooks the scrub and junipers that dot the hills just south of Santa Fe.
The lower living room patio is an enclosed oasis from the world where you can look up at the colossal limestone formations surrounding the house.
You can catch a glimpse of the five acres of beautiful land that comes with the house out of this funky upstairs bedroom window.
And just when you thought this little one-bedroom cave home was snug, it comes with more. A lot more. A gigantic studio complete with a huge fireplace and plenty of space to hold parties or start an artistic venture.
Turns out this cave has all the fixings to create the perfect artist’s retreat with plenty of breathtaking vistas, impeccable light and Santa Fe just down the road.