Imagine waking up in your humble abode sitting pretty elevated atop some trees. Or coming home from work to unwind in your cozy living room inside a cave. Take a gander at some of these stellar structures across the globe, from island retreats to houses made of rock—all places people actually call “home.”
Block Island Family Retreat: This A-framed family retreat on the northern part of Rhode Island's Block Island is bordered by low stonewalls, which also appear throughout the island. Inside is adorned with mostly vintage furnishings framed by a wall of glass.
Rawhiti Bach: Di and John Struthers replaced their Auckland villa with one that caters to anything from an intimate couple to a large celebratory crowd, with a main building that boasts primary gathering spaces, a main bedroom, an informal loft space and boat storage.
The Minister's Tree House: This is the world's biggest tree house, standing at 97-feet-tall on top of six trees in Crossville, Tennessee. It took builder Horace Burgess 11 years to build the 10-story building, where he now lives.
Cave Home: This three-story home of Curt and Deborah Sleeper was built inside a cave in Festus, Missouri—a cave they found on Ebay… It took them nearly five months to complete the purchase and just over four years to reconstruct their home.
NYC’s Narrowest House: Manhattan isn’t known for its space, but this 1873 three-bedroom home is the skinniest of them all. The newest owner of the property at 75 1/2 Bedford Street is George Gund, who paid $3.25 million for it. That’s a lot more than its former famous residents—from Cary Grant to Edna St. Vincent Millay.
L.A. Villa: Filmmaker Michael Bay’s Los Angeles villa is set into the hills with panoramic views of both LA and the Santa Monica mountain range. Inside there are two master bedrooms, a theater, a movie prop museum and a spa, and outside is a cliffside pool.
H3 House: Set in the midst of the tranquil beach town of Mar Azul, this tread house owned by three sisters and their families is just eight blocks from the sea. Built on a 210-square-meter plot of land, it boasts two bedrooms, a common bathroom, a kitchen, dining room and living room, all of which open up to the nature surrounding the house.