Wish you had a “hobbit house”—you know, those quaint little lodges where Frodo, Bilbo, and other 4-foot-tall halflings lived in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy? Well you’re in luck: The latest niche trend in real estate listings is all about highlighting small spaces that look like they’re straight out of Middle Earth.
To qualify as a hobbit house, homes generally need a few distinct features: structures partly built into the ground, with rounded doorways, lots of stone accents, and a certain magical je ne sais quoi. Here’s a rundown of some seller-described “hobbit houses” on the market today. Just remember that to buy one you need cold, hard cash and not just magical Rings of Power.
The deets: Tolkien superfan Jim Costigan spent six years building this eco-friendly home he dubbed “Hobbit Hollow.” The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home rocks round doors and windows. To add to the magical setting, there’s also a waterfall, pond, and a small bridge that crosses a stream. The only downside, my precious? The hobbit house doesn’t have a Certificate of Occupancy yet, so you’ll need to iron that out first, or else live there at your own risk.
Knock, knock. Is Frodo home?
Rounded hallways and even a hobbit sword above the fireplace
The deets: Most hobbit houses are typically secondary dwellings next to bigger main digs. For instance, this 5-acre property boasts not only a five-bedroom, five-bath red cedar log home with expansive views of the waterfront, but an underground hobbit house as well. Hey, you never know when you’ll have a tiny guest in need of a bed.
The perfect place to house your hobbit guests
Here’s the main house, in case you want to stretch your legs.
The deets: Don’t worry, this tiny-size hobbit house doesn’t cost seven figures. The millions in the price tag are for what’s around the small building—mainly a 15-acre plot perfect as a wedding venue, with a vineyard, stone bridge, waterfalls, and views of the rolling countryside. The venue simply uses the hobbit house to make wedding-day photos “truly unique,” according to the listing. Because what is more romantic on a wedding day than a reference to an epic journey to the Cracks of Doom to destroy … a ring?
Perfect for a “Lord of the Rings” wedding!
The deets: This 15-acre property includes two houses—an 1,800-square-foot, three-bed, two-bath, and below that, a smaller hobbit house built into the hill. Add touches like 150-year-old hand-hewn beams and hand-quarried shale fieldstone, and this home will be featured in “Hobbit House Digest” in no time. The property is also bordered by a national forest (though, there’s no mention of Ent sightings, the magical creatures in Tolkien’s books who look like trees).
If it’s underground, it’s a hobbit house.
Hobbits do traditionally live underground in “hobbit holes.”
The deets: Looking for a starter hobbit house? This seller had plans for such a home and paid Green Magic Homes to design a 1,600-square-foot hobbit house on this .83-acre lot. Granted, it hasn’t been built yet, but below is a rendering of what it would look like, if you decide to move forward (and pay extra, depending on how big a hobbit hole you want).
A perfect place to host Gandalf
The deets: This lovely cottage is rumored to have been built by a Norwegian shipwright, according to the listing. And while the only hobbit-y thing the home has going for it is a rounded stone fireplace, there does seem to be charm galore, including different levels and hidden storage areas. So if you’re hankering for hobbit-house light, this might be the perfect spot for you.
A nice place to rest after doing battle with the evil Sauron.
The deets: Um, sometimes conjuring the phrase “hobbit house” in a listing is a bit of a stretch. Take this so-called hobbit house currently in foreclosure. While it may have a few rounded doorways and a fireplace, there is nothing magical or mystical about this 2,500-square-foot “as is” home built in 1980. But at this bargain price, a lot of TLC could turn this fixer-upper into a property worthy of the Shire.