Your new Hawaiian holiday house

And it’s only $120,000 USD:

Located in sunny Kalapana, some of the best weather on Big Island. New and unique, nautical ocean view home. Two story with 1 bedroom loft, cathedral ceilings, spiral staircases, 3 decks, with marble and maple laminate flooring. Strategically placed windows bathe sunlight throughout this house with an open floor plan. Property is close to ocean with fabulous unobstructed views.

Now, you’re probably wondering what the catch is. There’s no catch – just a few… erm… unique features! A couple from the sales pitch:

  • Off grid, with wind turbine and generator included. Because some people like that sort of thing.
  • Unpermitted home with over 500 sq ft of living space. Wait, what?

But that’s not the best bit. This is the best bit. Here’s the view out the back window:

No, you’re not seeing things – the house is built on a fresh lava flow. Probably only about fifteen or twenty years old, going by the little plants that are just establishing a foothold. And if you don’t believe me, here’s another view of the house:

$120k for a possibly-illegal shoebox-sized house, with a backyard made of heat-absorbing black rock, and in extreme danger of being inundated by lava. Where do I sign?

Update: the Kalapana lava flow (where this house sits) was deposited in 1990. Photos of Kalapana town being inundated by lava are right here.

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