Luxury Home Dangles Off Texas Cliff
Homeowner discovered limestone crack in April
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2014 3:13 AM CDT
A luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas.    (AP Photo/

(Newser) – A $700,000 luxury home with stunning views of Lake Whitney is on the verge of getting a view of the bottom of the Texas lake. A large part of the limestone bluff beneath the home has given way, leaving part of it dangling over a cliff, CBS reports. Army Corps of Engineers experts are keeping an eye on the situation but are expected to let the house fall into the lake instead of intervening. Drought has caused the lake to fall to 11 feet below normal levels, but it's not clear if that played a role in the collapse.

The family that lived in the home moved out weeks ago after discovering a stress crack on the property and having an inspection carried out. "The homeowner did have a geological study done—I guess it was back in April—and had an engineer look at it," a spokesman for the company that developed the lot tells WFAA. "Of course, they advised them that they had to go ahead and move out." He says when the house was built in 2008, the proximity of the cliff wasn't seen as a problem.

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Jun 12, 2014 11:02 AM CDT
Built it on the edge, right? Way to go! I say the owners pick up the trash in the lake. Their home, their trash.
Jun 12, 2014 10:33 AM CDT
"but it's not clear if that played a role in the collapse." rrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggggggghhhhhhhhtttttttttttt cause the one year that HAPPENS to have an 11 foot drop in lake level due to drought just HAPPENS to be the year that the bluff falls out from under a house on the lake side?!? there is NO coincidence here. The water keeping much of the ground intact is GONE, and so the soil is loose, and it WILL give way. Other home owners should take SERIOUS note of this and move their shit out of their houses NOW!!
Jun 12, 2014 10:10 AM CDT
Probably designed and built by the same companies with the stellar High School football stadium in Allen, Tx