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

(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.

A luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas.
A luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas.   (AP Photo/WFAA.com)
A luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas.
A luxury house teeters on a cliff about 75 feet above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas.   (AP Photo/WFAA.com)
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