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

By on Dec 23rd

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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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About Cat Rocketship

I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.