Texas cliffhanger: Luxury home left dangling after landslide

After a bluff collapsed, an $800,000 luxury house was left teetering on a cliff about 23 metres above Lake Whitney in Whitney, Texas. According to TV station WFAA, which provided the image, the house has been condemned and the owners were evacuated about two weeks ago. (AP)

A luxury $800,000 (U.S.) Texas home perched on a lakeside bluff was poised to plunge into the water below on Wednesday after the ground under its foundation eroded and left it precariously balanced on a decaying cliff.

The house on Lake Whitney, about 120 kilometers southwest of Dallas, is perched about 23 meters in the air and being circled by a local TV news helicopter waiting to record its plunge into the water below.

A massive piece of land under the house fell into the lake on Tuesday night, neighbors told local media. Video footage shows about half of the house on the ground and half in the air, with a dangling air conditioning unit tethered to the structure.

The land started to give way in February, and since then about 50 meters of territory that separated it from the water’s edge has eroded, said Mark Wilson, the chief deputy for the Hill County Sheriff’s Department.

The owners, who use it as a second home, have abandoned the property while people are being kept away from it on land and in the lake below.

“When they built the house, it looked like a safe area, away from the bluff. There is just a lot of the bluff that gave way,” Wilson said.

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