Alternative Housing - Chinese Style
Alternative housing choices during these tough economic times has become a reality all across the globe. In North America more and more homeowners are downsizing, and developers are building smaller homes as the old days of the McMansions goes by the wayside. In China, people are heading for the hills, with over 30 million residents making their homes in caves in the Shanxi, Henan and Gansu regions.
Not just a "hole in the wall," these caves have been fashioned out of cliff sides, have arched ceilings, large windows, skylights, and in some cases over 40 rooms. Some of these larger models are rented out as apartments. They have natural air conditioning in the summer, are warm in the winter, and have no stairs to climb. As long as the builder chooses an area where the soil consists of loess (ideal for cave construction), the job is fairly straightforward. Just as with regular western houses, these caves can be as simple or complex as the owner chooses. Some are enhanced with brick masonry, have electricity and running water.
According to recent article in the Calgary Herald, a 750 square foot 3-bedroom cave will sell for about $46,000. Rentals are hard to find, but a simple 1-bedroom, minus any plumbing, runs about $30/month.
Cave dwelling has been going on for centuries, and many people who have lived in the city, return to the caves of their youth when they get older. It's that simple, comfortable way of life that draws them back.
We'd love to help you find the "cave of your dreams." Feel free to email, or call (403) 519-9102 at any time if you have questions, or would like discuss your home options.
Ryan MacDonald, B.Sc. Real Estate Professional
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