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Have you been living under a rock? Mexican family converts 131-foot stone in desert into a home
The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 24, 2013 | Helen Pow

Posted on 01/24/2013 7:20:51 AM PST by Uncle Chip

Most people think living under a rock is something to avoid.

But for one Mexican family, it's a dream come true. Farmer Benito Hernandez knew since the age of eight that he wanted to make a 131-foot rock formation in Coahuila, Mexico, his home.

It took him 20 years to buy the land but as soon as he was able, Hernandez and his wife Santa Martha constructed a sun-dried brick house beneath the awe-inspiring formation.

Located about 50 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border near the remote community of San Jose de Piedras, the home is small.

But it was large enough for the couple to raise seven children over the 30 years they've inhabited the cave-like property.

'I started coming here when I was 8 years old to visit the Candelilla fields and I liked it here,' Hernandez said.

'I wasn't married and I didn't have a family yet, but I liked it and I had to keep coming to put my foot in because lands here are won through claiming them.'

Though Hernandez installed a wood-burning stove, electricity is unreliable in the dwelling, which in located in the arid desert.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: rockhome
Quite nifty -- I want one.
1 posted on 01/24/2013 7:21:05 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
That's the same kind of lawn chair used by the illegals in the section-8 housing in our city.


2 posted on 01/24/2013 7:25:32 AM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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To: Uncle Chip

It would scare the heck out of me, but then, when you think of it, it’s no different from being on the ground floor of a skyscraper.


3 posted on 01/24/2013 7:28:27 AM PST by livius
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To: Iron Munro

Well the roof won’t leak.


4 posted on 01/24/2013 7:29:21 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Iron Munro

I know, couldn’t he have dragged that off just for the shot?

Must be amazing living under that rock. I’d love it.


5 posted on 01/24/2013 7:31:08 AM PST by txhurl
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To: Iron Munro

Nice patio bench.


6 posted on 01/24/2013 7:31:23 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Uncle Chip

Years ago I saw similar cave dwellings in the cliffs around Acapulco. It was quite a contrast with the mansions not far away.


7 posted on 01/24/2013 7:31:23 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: livius

It’s a home that would make Frank Lloyd Wright jealous.

Note the architectural style windows.


8 posted on 01/24/2013 7:33:24 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

bttt


9 posted on 01/24/2013 7:35:51 AM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: Uncle Chip

This one is a little nicer.

http://theholeintherock.com/index.html


10 posted on 01/24/2013 7:39:26 AM PST by Yogafist
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To: Uncle Chip

I admire this family’s tenacity and hard work to eke out a living.

More power to them!


11 posted on 01/24/2013 7:43:21 AM PST by basil (basil)
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To: Uncle Chip

I live in Carefree, AZ. On Black Mountain, a lot of $10 mil+ homes look like this.

No, not kidding.

Living in AZ, a lot of us appreciate this stuff.


12 posted on 01/24/2013 7:44:26 AM PST by Pigsley (ne)
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To: Yogafist

13 posted on 01/24/2013 7:48:47 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: basil

You bet — maybe someone from Window World will see this and bring them a couple of windows to make their lives a little easier.


14 posted on 01/24/2013 7:48:50 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

nice lawn furniture get it a Home depot??


15 posted on 01/24/2013 7:50:26 AM PST by bikerman (Gun control does nothing to stop gun violence. But then, Washington specializes in the art of doing)
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To: Uncle Chip

Have you been following the drama of the FLW home that he built for his son...in Paradise Valley, AZ? Fascinating.

I grew up in this area, but never knew of the house. My husband and I heard it was up to be demolished and sneaked in to look (even though there was a guard...dumb of us...but a lot of architecture nuts were all doing the same...and the guard was kind...and I think given orders to be rational at us lookie-lou/student/FLW fan types).

The good news: This fantastic, odd little house, was bought by a wonderful person and donated to the FLW Society.

It really is a wonder....a small house on a barren 2 acre lot in a once lovely neighborhood...now turned into fancy-ville....But it has survived and I’m thrilled. I love it!


16 posted on 01/24/2013 7:55:22 AM PST by Pigsley (ne)
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To: Iron Munro

“Over-stuffed patio chaise-lounge”, not a lawn chair.


17 posted on 01/24/2013 8:00:18 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Bread and Circuses; Everyone to the Coliseum!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Go South of Moab, Utah and you will see a home blasted out of solid rock.

It is now a tourist attraction called HOLE IN THE ROCK.


18 posted on 01/24/2013 8:12:46 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Iron Munro

Love that front porch decor...IKEA, right? Or maybe Studebaker...


19 posted on 01/24/2013 8:13:26 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Iron Munro

Dude....”lawn chair”, LOL!!!!


20 posted on 01/24/2013 8:19:29 AM PST by dannibp (I must remind myself daily that God is in control.)
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To: Yogafist

Dadburn it! You beat me to it!


21 posted on 01/24/2013 8:19:44 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Love that lawn furniture. All it needs to really set the style is a Virgin Mary shrine made of a bathtub buried vertically with about 3 ft of it above ground, surrounded by a border of beer bottles buried upside down with about 2-3 inches showing above ground.


22 posted on 01/24/2013 8:23:00 AM PST by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: Iron Munro

Yabba dabba doo!


23 posted on 01/24/2013 8:26:07 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Noumenon
Love that lawn furniture. All it needs to really set the style is a Virgin Mary shrine made of a bathtub buried vertically with about 3 ft of it above ground, surrounded by a border of beer bottles buried upside down with about 2-3 inches showing above ground.

Don't forget the plastic Flamingos!

24 posted on 01/24/2013 8:32:08 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Uncle Chip

Not exactly a new concept. This dwelling is at least 900 years old

25 posted on 01/24/2013 8:32:36 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: GreenHornet

Of course - the flamingos.


26 posted on 01/24/2013 8:34:07 AM PST by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: diverteach

What is the location of your house between 2 rocks? Is it Horse Heaven Hills?


27 posted on 01/24/2013 8:39:50 AM PST by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: Noumenon

It needs the beer bottles. For the record I have the pink flamingos but they are so retro-tacky that they are now cool. Next on my list is Dashboard-Jesus.

28 posted on 01/24/2013 8:45:35 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: bert
This dwelling is at least 900 years old

Oooh, is that in Arizona near Camp Verde? looks familiar.

29 posted on 01/24/2013 8:52:20 AM PST by no-s (when democracy is displaced by tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote)
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To: no-s
You are probably thinking of Montezuma's Castle. I remember the day when you could climb up and into it without a guide. Used to find all kinds of little Treasures. :-) Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

30 posted on 01/24/2013 9:12:30 AM PST by Chance Hart
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To: Chance Hart

Visited Hovenweep years ago before it became controlled. A fabulous ancient ruins.


31 posted on 01/24/2013 9:57:33 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Uncle Chip

And then there is Petra in Jordan.


32 posted on 01/24/2013 10:03:39 AM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Uncle Chip

33 posted on 01/24/2013 10:10:38 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Parley Baer
Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky have thousands of caves. Folks don't live in them but they like to live on top of one so they can put their outside unit of their heat pump system in the 58 degree year round atmosphere. It's almost free HVAC.

Many people who have a large enough cave, again, if it's dry, will use it for supplemental storage.

Around Bloomington and Bedford where they mine limestone there are numerous abandoned limestone pits cut mostly into the side of hills.

Almost bought an 11,000 sq. ft. concrete and steel house that looked like a medieval castle snuggled into one of those sites. It had a serious rattlesnake problem so it was quite affordable. They lived in the prairie on the roof ~ they ate a lot of bunnies. Otherwise it was a fantastic place.

34 posted on 01/24/2013 10:18:32 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Parley Baer

http://www.trulia.com/property/3049038599-3390-S-Snoddy-Rd-Bloomington-IN-47401#photo-1 It’s for sale again at $1.4 million ~ ten acre lot, 4 acres consisting of a lake ~ see pictures ~ plus there are two smaller ponds on the back of the lot. Do not be fooled by the claim this has only 2 parking spaces! Also, looks like they took my advise and put in a manufactured home ON TOP so there was someplace to retreat in winter. You can imagine the heating costs for this turkey, but at 110 degrees in summer heat it stayed in the 70s ~ while I was there. We have a great video clip about the snake skins hanging from the ceilings.


35 posted on 01/24/2013 10:26:13 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: no-s

It is on the reservation of the the Ute Mountain tribe.

It is in extreme south west Colorado. It is adjacent to Mesa Verde NP. The tribe gives a guided tour in a small van. The ruins are spectacular, ruins not a picked over archeological site, untouched by people. The ruin photo has stuff left there 900 or so years ago. Truly amazing.Most structures in this pueblo are intact. the kiva has artwork on whitewashed walls but the roof is caved in.

They pick you up at the Casino and drive you back into the reservation. It is the best tour we have seen and we have been on many. We have seen lots and lots of ruins. these are perhaps the best. They are small but you get a very spooky feeling of trespassing. You can feel the presence of those who were there.

It’s on the road from Ship Rock (home of Sgt Jim Chee) to Cortez

http://www.utemountainute.com/tribalpark.htm


36 posted on 01/24/2013 12:23:21 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: Chance Hart
You are probably thinking of Montezuma's Castle

Ah, yes, that's right. For those structures made of mud to have survived for so long they need to have remarkably similar siting, and other properties. "Other properties", haha, yeah they need to be next to river valleys for conveniently growing crops nearby. Hence the canyon wall siting.

Actually when I visited Montezuma's Castle 30+ years ago the guide only warned us against entering the upper structure, but we did accidentally wander into into the off-limits area as we were chatting with some cute archeologists.

37 posted on 01/24/2013 1:20:26 PM PST by no-s (when democracy is displaced by tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote)
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To: Uncle Chip

I also admire that they are a married couple with 7 children—who apparently are taking care of their own.........


38 posted on 01/24/2013 5:00:03 PM PST by basil (basil)
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To: Iron Munro

I’m thinking rear bench from an early ‘80s Ford Econoline van.

But I agree that 7 kids and 1 wife is pretty good stats, so hats off to them.


39 posted on 01/24/2013 5:19:39 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: basil

I like it, with a little work it could be defensible.
Needs a berm though, gotta have a berm.


40 posted on 01/24/2013 5:23:00 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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