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America's Coolest Houses

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No, you won’t be trespassing: America’s coolest houses welcome visitors.

Earthship, Taos, NM

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From the back, Earthships, built primarily out of dirt and old tires, look like giant anthills.  From the front, they appear more normal, with glass walls, gardens, and major appliances. Renegade architect Mike Reynolds has been building these solar-powered, rainwater-harvesting, sewage-treating houses for decades.

Get a Room: You can get intensely self-sufficient—and surprisingly cozy—in one of these for upwards of $120 a night in the Greater World Community just west of Taos. —Karrie Jacobs

America's Coolest Houses

Earthship, Taos, NM

From the back, Earthships, built primarily out of dirt and old tires, look like giant anthills.  From the front, they appear more normal, with glass walls, gardens, and major appliances. Renegade architect Mike Reynolds has been building these solar-powered, rainwater-harvesting, sewage-treating houses for decades.

Get a Room: You can get intensely self-sufficient—and surprisingly cozy—in one of these for upwards of $120 a night in the Greater World Community just west of Taos. —Karrie Jacobs

Courtesy of Earthship Biotecture
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