For those who have dreamed of living in their own snug hobbit hole, they don’t need to travel to Middle Earth to make the dream a reality.
Instead of getting out the shovel and building your own habitable hole in the hillside, you can now simply order a ready-made one and tailor it to your exact specification as a year-round home or a place to retreat for a holiday. Similar to their movie counterparts, the tiny eco-friendly houses by Green Magic Homes are similarly designed to exist under layer of grass and soil – perfect for growing vegetables and feeling at one with nature – and come with pools or hot tubs.
Forget primitive living and huddling for warmth in winter however, these homes are chic and modern with the natural covering providing insulation to retain heat. Renderings from the Florida company even show TVs mounted on the walls, and hot tubs and loungers on the outside patio area.
The best bit about the Shire-like dwellings is they can be bought and assembled in less than three days, if you opt for the 400-square-foot Wikiki bedsit option. Capable of housing a small kitchen, lounge and dining room, the pod could be used a man cave, guest house or even studio space. There are larger designs available too, from large modular three bedroom pads to separate pods housing gyms and offices.
Built from a collection of prefabricated shells made from fibre-reinforced polymer, the quaint homes are entirely waterproof and designed to withstand strong winds. Under normal conditions, they can withstand an earthquake with a magnitude of 10 on the Richter scale, with the pods flexible enough to also be placed in a desert or snowy landscape depending on where you live, the designers said. Thankfully your little slice of paradise need not cost the earth, with prices for the Wikiki pad beginning at just $14,998 (£10,047), with larger designs based on a price of $34.74 (£23.27) per square foot.