10 Mountain Houses That Take Style to New Heights

If you're afraid of heights, you might want to look away.

cliffside houses
Courtesy of Fougeron Architecture

This design trend is not for scaredy cats. Architects and brave homeowners alike are taking advantage of incredible mountain views by constructing houses and restaurants on the side of cliffs. Prepare to fall head over heels for these jaw-dropping pads.

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cliffside house granada spain
Jesus Granada
The House on the Cliff

, a young couple commissioned to build this futuristic-looking pad, which they've nicknamed "The House on the Cliff." Perched on a 42-degree incline, the two-story home in Granada, Spain, boasts a swimming pool, terraced living room, several balconies and an auditorium that can host up to 70 people.

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cliffside house: modscape concept
Courtesy of Modscape
Modscape's Conceptual Design

This conceptual design – literally. Inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship, Australian architecture firm designed a modern home that could hang off the side of a cliff rather than sit on top of it. Owners would be able to enter the home via a carport on the top floor; while an elevator lift allows them to navigate through each of the descending living spaces.

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cliffside house: cabrils, spain
Iwan Baan
The "X House"

Located in Cabrils on the outskirts of Barcelona, the so-called "X House," designed by , allows for the owners to enjoy views of the sea and mountains on either side of the home. According to , the first floor of the futuristic pad includes parking space and a private suite for the owners, while the lower floor has a completely open floor plan.

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cliffside house: triangle cliff house concept
Courtesy of Matthias Arndt
Triangle Cliff House Concept

German architect Matthias Arndt drew up the Triangle Cliff House for a at his architecture firm, Lichtect. Designed to rest on the edge of a cliff, it's the perfect retreat for those who want to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings – that is, if you're not acrophobic.

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cliffside house: beirut, lebanon
Courtesy of Open Platform for Architecture (OPA)
Casa Brutale

Dutch architecture firm OPA reportedly began construction on Casa Brutale – this minimalist home which nests inside of a cliff – in Beirut, Lebanon, earlier this summer. The home features a pool and underground parking for up to three cars. As points out, this place looks like a Bond villain's pad – doesn't it?

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cliffside house: seattle
Olson Kundig
The Pierre House

According to Seattle-based architecture firm , the Pierre house was created because the owner loved the stone outcropping on her property. (In fact, Pierre is the French word for stone.) Rock protrudes into the space throughout the house, and its rough materials – mild steel, smooth concrete and drywall – highlight the incredible bay views.

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cliffside house: big sur, california
Courtesy of Fougeron Architecture
Big Sur Vacation House

This three-bedroom vacation house in Big Sur, California, is cantilevered over a 250-foot drop to the Pacific Ocean. Designed by , the home is composed of two rectangular boxes and connected by an all-glass library.

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cliffside house: hudson heights, manhattan
Courtesy of Simone Song Properties
The Pumpkin House

Dubbed "The Pumpkin House" because its windows resemble the face of a jack-o'-lantern, this three-story townhouse in Manhattan's Hudson Heights neighborhood for $5.25 million this week.

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cliffside house: justin bieber's hawaiian getaway
Courtesy of Hilo Brokers, Ltd.
Justin Bieber's Hawaiian Getaway

If this $6.8 million Hawaiian getaway looks familiar, that's because rented it out earlier this month while on a break from his Purpose World Tour. Apart from the cliffside views, this place boasts a two-story waterslide, private chef, high dive and rooftop helipad. Not too shabby.

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cliffside house: gig harbor, washington
Tim Bies
Gig Harbor Guest House

renovated an old guest house and boat house in Gig Harbor, Washington, converting it into this exceptional home, which is nestled against a cliff. A glass-enclosed elevator, outdoor fireplace and pizza oven make this swanky place ideal for entertaining.

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