Hermit may be living in mysterious house made of driftwood perched precariously on side of Devil’s Slide cliff on the Pacific Coast Highway – as officials say ‘we know someone is there but we don’t know who it is’
- The ramshackle three-story structure was first spotted on a treacherous cliff edge at Devil’s Slide by a drone in December 2022
- One local land expert has now said he believes a man lives on the property, and has done for at least ten years
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A hermit may be living in a mysterious house made of driftwood perched precariously on the side of rocky cliffs near California’s bay area.
The ramshackle three-story structure was first spotted on a treacherous cliff edge at Devil’s Slide, Pacifica, a 30 minute drive from San Francisco, by a drone in December 2022 – but is alleged to have been there for at least ten years.
The property appears to have been constructed out of driftwood and has several rooms perched precariously on the rock face which offers stunning – but very dangerous – Pacific Ocean views.
Speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle, one local land expert has said the structure has existed for at least ten years, and may contain a hermit.
Samuel Casillas, president of the Pacifica Land Trust, told the outlet he has never met the occupant, but believes a man still lives on the site.
The ramshackle three-story structure was first spotted on a treacherous cliff edge at Devil’s Slide, Pacifica by a drone in December 2022
Samuel Casillas, president of the Pacifica Land Trust, said he knew someone was living on the cliff but had never seen them
He said: ‘We were aware there was something down there, but we didn’t know whose it was or whose property it was on. It’s in a dangerous location that is really not accessible.’
According to Casillas, a few years ago the trust asked the State Lands Commission, to clarify who owned the site but they never responded.
Since then, Casillas has said they have left the person alone, telling the outlet: ‘We weren’t bothering a person who wants to be a hermit.
‘We know someone’s been there but we just don’t know who it is. The dude should just be left alone.’
Drone operator @ParallaxEffect said of their footage: ”We were hiking along the California coast in a spot familiar to us and I noticed something odd down on the cliffs.
‘Flying out to investigate revealed one of the most incredible human structures I’ve ever seen.
The drone footage shows waves lapping just meters away from the structure’s base.
The tarpaulin’s covering its bare poles can be seen blowing in the strong coastal wind.
The dwelling shows signs of life include a punching bag, a solitary wooden chair and a fully enclosed room
The drone footage shows waves lapping just meters away from the structure’s base
Several road signs and buoys appear strewn around the property.
Devil’s Slide is notorious for landslides – with a road that used to run nearby since destroyed.
Images from Google Earth also reveal a rope linking the structure to the Devil’s Slide Trail offering an entry and exit point.
A spokesperson from San Mateo County told SFGATE that since the structure is on the ocean bluffs it ‘is not located on County lands,’.
The authority said they are reviewing records to see if any more information is available.
Devil’s Slide, named after its deadly descent into the sea, carried Highway 1 on its cliff top until several major landslides made the route unsafe.
Tunnels were instead dug through the rocks further inland and the new section of the Pacific coast Highway opened in 2013.
The former highway was then developed into the Devil’s Slide hiking trail, which runs just above the curious house.
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