Abandoned ‘house of rock’ with large stone waterfall, bird floor, and Japanese gardens
Look inside the abandoned ‘House of Rock’ that boasts a large stone waterfall, bird floor, and a Japanese garden that rivalled the botanical gardens.
This once lavish mansion in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, was tailored to look like a tropical paradise, fit with elaborate and impressive features.
Built in 1963, it has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two kitchens, multiple living areas, an entire room dedicated to the owner’s pet birds, and more.
It was also fitted with open skylights to allow his feathered friends to fly through the floors into and around the atrium.
The site was dubbed the ‘House of Rock’ by urban explorer Abandoned Southeast, who was in awe of the 1970s design and rock walls, waterfall and grotto shower.
Following the owner’s death in 2008 and then his wife four-years later, the former single-family home has remained uninhabited.
Abandoned Southeast said: “It’s been abandoned for about seven or eight years now, it has massive windows, outside plants and inside some are still living, there are one or two palm trees still alive too.
“At one time someone really took care of that place, and I bet for parties that was the place to be.
“The waterfall is made so you could jump off into the pool and behind there is a grotto shower.
“It was custom-made which shows in how unique it is and due to the value spent making it different.
“There is even one room dedicated to housing the owner’s pet birds, complete with large windows and a dirt floor.
“The home has an incredibly unique feeling in the birdcage, it has fluorescent hanging lights like clouds, then a drop-down ceiling to mimic the outdoors.
“The place is very retro with orange and green carpets and has a 70s look.
“I’ve never seen anything like this place.”
Abandoned Southeast discovered the site after the death of the owners and visited intrigued by rumours about their Japanese garden.
He said: “According to neighbours, the owners had many visitors who would come to just enjoy the garden, which is said to have rivalled the Botanical Gardens
“It was so beautiful, there were five koi ponds, a bridge, a red gazebo and more.
“At one time the grounds were meticulously landscaped with a Japanese-style garden in the backyard.”
The urban explorer believes the home would be been redeveloped and extended after the 9,000sq-ft home was built on five acres of land.
He said: “They must have added onto this house quite a bit, original exterior window court out.”
Now it’s believed the home has been purchased and the new owner plans to renovate the site.
He added: “After the owner died and his wife passed away, the home was put up for sale and auctioned off the contents of the house, so it’s currently sat vacant.
“It’s so big and unique to the area and neighbourhood.
“Other homes in the area are probably a third of the size and price, eventually it sold here and recently I think someone is trying to undertake to renovate it.”