What is this?! A $295,000 Hobbit-Esque home in Washington state inspires an offer
Finding the right words to describe a unique residence on Camano Island, Washington, is no easy feat. But people tried.
“It’s fun to see how people react,” says the owner and listing agent. Eva CrosdaleWith Windermere Estate/East – Yarrow Bay. “It’s almost like a Rorschach test, because the way people see it is so varied. People have said it looks like something out of ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’. (My) favorite comment is: ‘It looks like an igloo and a pizza oven have had a baby.’” .
But no matter how you describe the 590-square-foot home, it’s already waiting to be sold just weeks after it was listed for $295,000.
“It’s been fun reading the comments and seeing it through a lot of people’s eyes,” says Crosdell, who has owned the house as an investment property for about a year.
The quaint, rustic home was built in 2008, using CalEarth, a SuperAdobe building system that uses sandbags filled with earth and barbed wire to create coils closed with a material, in this case cement.
“It’s the most unique thing I’ve ever seen,” Crosdale insists. “When you walk in, it’s really magical. It’s amazing that it has such a high ceiling because of the dome structure, and there’s a skylight at the top. It’s like you’re in a little wonderland.”
The interior sleeps five people in a bunk room, a tunnel room, and a bunk with a ladder, all very strange spaces.
“There’s the little bed that you have to crawl through a tunnel to get to, and then there’s a loft bed in the main space with a ladder that goes down,” Crosdell explains, adding that the two-story room has a tempered glass ceiling. To watch the stars. “When you lie on the top bunk and look up, you can see the trees swaying and you can see the stars at night. It’s really beautiful.”
The space is a bit rustic, with only a sink (with cold And Hot water, thank God) inside the house. Other facilities, including a shower and bathtub, are available outside. Guess what else is out there.
“There’s no bathroom inside,” Crosdell reveals, noting that a buyer can add a septic system. “There is currently an outbuilding with an unencapsulated composting toilet.”
The house has a wood stove for extra heat if needed.
“This type of architecture is naturally insulating, so on a hot day you never feel too hot inside,” she says. “It’s a nice, nice feeling. Then in the winter, if you put it in a warm place, it really preserves it.
The one-acre parcel has beach rights, which allows access to the nearby community shoreline. There are currently some vacation rentals in the area.
The ideal buyer “is someone who likes quirky, unique structures,” Crosdell explains. “During the open houses, it was really fun to see the people this house attracted.”