Dan lives in a pine-paneled hole in the ground in the Northwest United States

December 23 |

I really love imagining what it would be like to live in completely different ways. When I was a kid, many of my favorite books had vivid descriptions of offbeat homes; my favorite comes from My Side of the Mountain, in which a boy runs away from home and builds a life living in a hollowed-out oak tree with a pet hawk.

This is the book I thought of when I learned about Dan Price, an artist who lives in a hole he dug.

hobbit house

That room. That miniscule place of peace. That circle filled with heavenly light, is only 8 feet from side to side. The golden pine ceiling is 4 feet off the carpet near the door and rises like a miniature amphitheater on the back side to 5 feet. On the roof lies 2 feet of soil where weeds, wild grasses and deer hang out. Being underground it's a cinch to heat. On hot summer days the room stays at a crisp 58 degrees.

Dan dug out his Hobbit hole and spends half the year there — the other half he's in Hawaii surfing.

hobbit house 2

He is an ascetic, interested mainly in living life simply. He also draws journals about his life and sells them as zines and books.

hobbit house 4

hobbit house 3

I cannot tell you how much I want to go to there.

hobbit house 5

Thank you for joining me on today's fantasy daydream home.

Learn more about Dan, his art and his home at Moonlight Chronicles.

  1. how do you prevent mold without windows, airflow, & light?

    i love the innocence of this design

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    • Window in the roof, other sites show it more clearly. A skylight similar to that of an RV.

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  2. Is there electric? I see what looks like a hot plate. How does that work? This is exactly what I tried to build in my backyard as a kid. So Cool!

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    • It looks like he has a small solar panel. Nice!

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  3. I loved that interior until I saw the bed laid down in it. Then it seemed just a little bit too small for my taste. I still like it a lot. It reminds me of camping with my dad, and his aesthetic. Put this on the back of a truck, and my dad would be there! :) Wonderful.

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  4. I also fell in love with "My side of the Mountian" when I was a kid. I wanted to go run away to the woods and live in a tree. Instead I ending up camping in our backyard a lot that the summer.

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  5. It's cool and all, but I'm primarily concerned with radon….

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    • It's unclear where exactly this is, but in general, the Northwest has very low radon levels/occurrence; it's just not something we deal with here.

      This place is awesome sauce!

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  6. Love it, but I have to wonder, what is the toilet/bathing situation?

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