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.

Join our community!

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

    1 agrees
  3. 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.

    • 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!

Join the conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

No-drama comment policy

Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.