Unique red rock cave home located in secluded canyon 9 miles outside of Monticello, Utah, on 110 acres, rich in history. Only 1 1/2 hours to popular Moab and national parks areas.
Listing ID: 19198
|Annual Property Tax||$1,706|
|Annual Utility Cost||$0|
|Home Area||0 sq ft|
|Total Property Area||23 acres|
Cave Palace Ranch is a unique home located on 110 acres, rich in history. A natural red rock cave has been transformed into this spectacular home. Gorgeous Master Suite and open floor plan, high ceilings, and over-sized windows allow natural light. All the amenities you are accustomed to.
Seller financing available.
Home has a 12' by 20' bunk house with a 6' loft and front porch, a 50' by 30' metal shop with a 10' ceiling and large sliding doors. Includes a 12' by 20' shed. The well has a top -of-the-line pump, which can be set to AC, DC or strictly solar.
Well produces 120 gallons of water per minute at the well head, and multiple other well permits which go with the property. Underground 1,000 gallon propane tank.
School grades 7 to 12 attend MHS, which is rated very highly (top 10% of high schools in Utah).
The front exterior of the home is stucco. The home consists of 4 naturally occurring alcoves. The left hand (southern-most alcove) is a stick built portion in the alcove which consists of 2 smaller bedrooms, a Jack and Jill bathroom, hallway, and kitchen. The construction is 2X6 walls. The interior walls are dry wall. The exterior of this portion is "cement board". Behind this alcove is natural cave wall. It is also where the pressure tank, hot water heater and pantry are located. On the top of this structure is a sleeping loft for overflow guests.
The dining room alcove and family room alcoves have natural interior walls with the exterior facing wall made of rough cut blue pine. Windows are double pane, and insulation is of the highest grade.
The master bedroom alcove has a painted interior wall. The seal against the cave (between the natural rock and the man-made structure is excellent.
There are no insects at all, and no rodents. There are also no air leaks. Occasional minimal dust from the ceiling (a few grains, maybe) and they dust the interior like a normal house. There is not much airborne dust from the road either. The alcoves have some humidity, which is naturally occurring.
The canyon is usually around 0-20% during the summer months, so a little moisture is nice! They compensate for this sometimes by cracking the exterior windows. No problem with mold, although they do crack the windows to keep a circulation of air current.
The house is a living home, because it is naturally occurring. In the summertime, even if the outside temperature exceeds 100 degrees the interior remains at between 67-70 degrees without air conditioning. In the winter, the natural cave temperature remains at between 52-55 degrees on the coldest days without heat, due to the thermo-temperature of the earth.
There are direct vented propane furnaces in each alcove to supplement the temperature and a wood burning stove in the dining alcove.
A solar system provides power (no electric bills!) A state of the art inverter, solar panels, and 24 batteries, also have a generator. They live quite a normal life--electric refrigerator, microwave, TV, hairdryer, etc.
The elevation in the canyon is 5,690 feet, while in town, the elevation is 7,300 feet. The summer temps are about 85 degrees average, but can reach 101 degrees. The winter temp is about 40 degrees average, but can get as cold as 10-15 degrees. The climate is similar to Moab. The climate in town is cooler in summer and colder by 10-15 degrees in winter.
Montezuma Creek runs through the entire length of the property. The property is located on a county maintained road with very little traffic, mostly locals. There are 5 other families who live or run cattle in the canyon, over a stretch of many miles. An average of maybe 6 cars a day drive past the house.
Monticello area is a Mecca for hunters. There is a huge mule deer population, many elk (the world record elk was taken in this county) bear, lions, and all the other smaller critters. This is a very unique area.
Secluded Montezuma Canyon area. 110 acres. A year around stream runs through it. Rich in Anasazi history. Parcel is surrounded on 3 sides by BLM land. Closest neighbor 3/4 mile away. Abundance of wildlife.
Nearest town is Monticello, Utah--14 miles away. Located 1 1/2 hours from the popular and scenic Moab area. Arches National Park and Canyonlands.
|Agriculture in Area||Yes|
|Industry in Area||No|
|Air Pollution in Area||No|
|Cleaned with Green Products|
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