I'll be the first to admit that it's a little sad that this beautiful natural cave that used to host performers such as Bob Seger and Tina Turner is now a private residence but from a green building perspective, this cave-home is an amazing residence with natural rock walls and unbeatable geothermal and passive solar properties.
And the house has quite a story (as if being located in a cave wasn't enough!): In 2003, the owners found the cave for sale on Ebay. Five months later, they purchased the property and began construction of their home. Unfortunately, they've hit some financial constraints due to the turbulent economic times and will be forced to potentially sell the property and house (it's listed on eBay here).
There are great photos from the beginning to end of their construction located on their Web site.
- The front chamber houses the main part of the 3-bedroom finished house.
- The middle chamber holds the laundry room, storage, and a spare bath. and also opens into the cave creating an approximately 80 foot by 80 foot space.
- The back chamber still has the stage where Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, Ike and Tina Turner, the MC5 and many other bands performed.
About the Property: 2.8 scenic, partially wooded acres provide excellent privacy and the feel of the country right in the middle of town, just several blocks from shopping, dining, and other conveniences.
Energy efficiency: Geothermal and passive solar keep the home comfortable year-round without a furnace or air conditioning. In spite of the vast size of the home, the energy costs run about the same as they did in their 800 square-foot starter home.
Kitchen: The kitchen is the crowning jewel of the house, with nearly 400 square feet and a floor plan that lends itself well to cooking for one person, two, or parties of a hundred guests! Some of the features include a customizable Jenn-Air cook top, two convection ovens, Kitchen-Aid triple sink, large island with secondary sink and breakfast bar, and granite tile counter tops.
Occupancy: The house is still in need of trim and finish in several key areas. Trim is not a safety feature and not required by code.
Water features: The property has at least three groundwater springs, one accessible via a cistern in the middle chamber of the cave, one that yields an average of 100 gallons a day that drips into an indoor pond in the front chamber, and one near the woods that creates a shallow pond. During heavy rain, the property gets as many as fourteen beautiful waterfalls from the cliffs.