“Hobbit House” lists for $315,000 in River Falls, Wis.

A house built on a hill in River Falls, Wisconsin, and dubbed the Hobbit’s house is getting a flood of attention on social media thanks to the popular Zillow gone wild link to the house recently listed on Twitter.

“Here’s your chance to finally live like a hobbit,” says the post, which garnered tens of thousands of likes as well as comments and retweets on Twitter.

Comments on the architecture as well as speculation on whether you need to be hobbit-sized to live comfortably there followed.

“I guess it’s pretty tight, looks like the design is trying to capitalize on floor cooling and temperature regulation,” one comment read. Another person chimed in, “This house would finally get me to the top shelf.”

The home’s listing agent, Sara Capecchi, said the average person can, in fact, live comfortably in the home.

“What it looks like inside is not what you would expect looking outside. The ceilings are actually very high there,” she said, adding that the pieces are between 8 and 10 feet high. “There are a few places where you might have to duck around the corner because it’s just a little built up, but for the most part you can absolutely stand up.”

Unseen website

The last time the house was on the market was in 2018. At the time of this listing, a Star Tribune article recounted how the house was built in 1972 by two professors from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Pat Clark and Emogene Nelson, who had hired Stillwater architect Michael McGuire.

“The energy crisis of the 1970s that led to exorbitant oil prices prompted homeowners, such as Clark and Nelson, to explore energy-efficient and economical underground dwellings,” wrote Lynn Underwood.

The walls of the multi-level house, constructed of two vaulted steel shells connected by a hallway and steps and encased in concrete, are covered with spray foam insulation. The house is covered with earth and grass, except for three chimneys that emerge from the hill.

Capecchi said the current owners moved to the area from California and bought the place without seeing it.

“What intrigued them about the property was that it was designed by Mike McGuire, whose work they loved, and they were thrilled to live in a property designed by him,” she said. declared.

To pass the baton

Since living there, the owners have maintained the house as well as replaced appliances such as the washer, dryer and refrigerator. “They’ve spent the last 3 1/2 years buttoning everything up,” Capecchi said.

Now, the owners have put the 2,300-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home back on the market on nearly 3.5 acres.

“Although they liked living in the countryside, they decided they were city dwellers,” Capecchi said. “And that’s what brought us here.”

Although updates have been made, the uniqueness and charm – including vaulted ceilings, French doors, concrete floors in communal areas and bedrooms which each have a private bathroom, sitting area and a wood-burning fireplace – have been preserved.

Capecchi said skylights and built-ins can be found everywhere. There are custom designed cabinets in the wall that are “folded into the mold of the house so tightly that they don’t look like storage.” A bench in the living room has a matching bench on the other side of the glass.

“When you look out the window, that same bench is outside, so it looks like it’s connected. The floor has this river rock look,” she said. “They really brought in the design elements of wanting to bring the flow from indoors to outdoors and vice versa. It just continues. It was really ahead of its time.”

Inquiring minds want to know

Since the home was listed, it has attracted many interested buyers as well as looky-loos.

“We had screenings pretty quickly. But then when the story broke and went national on Zillow Gone Wild, we had an open house and 500 people attended, and it was more like a museum exhibit. than at an open house,” said Capecchi. .

“One thing people often comment on is how surprised they are that you can stand in it. They thought you couldn’t since it’s nicknamed the Hobbit House.”

Capecchi takes it all head on.

“It was so fun and so respectful. People were thrilled to be there,” she said. “It was very cool to be a part of something that brought people so much joy.”

Sara Capecchi ([email protected]; 612-804-9259) of eXp Realty has the $315,000 SEO.

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