Forever romp in the woods with this fantasy home in the Wisconsin woods.
This ‘hobbit house’ looks like something out of a fantasy novel, but not only is it real – it’s also for sale. Now, however, it seems pretty close to having a new owner. After just eight days on the market, it’s reportedly under contract and no longer accepting screenings.
“There are a lot of split levels in the Midwest, but nothing quite like it,” real estate agent Sara Cappechi told ABC7 of the River Falls property, which was listed for $315,000. “What’s really cool about the walls is that [it’s] Spray foam insulation that they painted white.”
The two bedroom, two bath dome home is sunk into a hillside and sits on 3 acres of private wooded land. It features three wood-burning fireplaces, five skylights, two Google Nest-controlled stoves, and a striking resemblance to Bilbo Baggins’ address in The Lord of the Rings.
Its cottage-core look has made it an online hit, where its popularity has drawn interested buyers from far beyond the Shire. “Agents from Kansas were out this morning. Someone from Milwaukee. We had someone from Oklahoma,” said Cappechi, who admitted she’s never actually seen Lord of the Rings, while admitting that she “probably should have done before listing this property.”
Built in 1972, the “earth-protected” home has a two-car garage, is “surrounded by nature and privacy,” and according to its listing, is particularly energy efficient.
Though unique to the area, the facility is far from the only property that looks like something straight out of a “hobbit” soundstage: In 2020, a similarly earth-preserved building in central Vermont went on sale for $220,000.
“Our country is so closely associated with studs, sheetrock, plywood and drywall,” the estate’s architect, Bob Chappelle, told a local news outlet. “All you get is a box.”
In his apartment, residents enjoy a “fairytale home with multiple open spaces, skylights, a huge wooden bathtub, a cherrywood dining table, cherrywood kitchen wall, a beautiful cherrywood headboard, and roughly hewn granite floors and walls,” according to the listing at the time .