Tiny House In The Meadow






I have lived in this meadow for 25 years now in tipis, huts, sheds and now the underground room. 80 square feet.

Situated in a 2 acre meadow along the Wallowa River in eastern Oregon, my underground home is barely visible in the natural landscape.

A hobbit hole style home in Joseph, Oregon on land leased for $100/year. Owned and shared by Dan Price. More info. here.



  1. Rickles February 6, 2015 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Checkout Dan’s books (Moonlit Chronicles to start) too!

  2. jo February 6, 2015 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    I’m more impressed by land for $100 / year! Wow.

  3. Brad February 6, 2015 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    I read Dan’s book. It was very interesting. You should check it out if you are interested in living a simple lifestyle.

  4. scott h. February 7, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

    a romantic notion…however, several practical functions come to mind? Rain, snow and such(accessibility)? getting my clothes (knees) dirty getting in/out? bathroom/ outhouse? 25 years/ is there another dwelling with full functions?
    again, very romantic idea. invite someone back to your place…”you know you might want to take your clothes off out here so they won’t get dirty” hhhhmmmm , you know, let me REthink my position here! ha!

    just joshin ya….kewl stuff.

  5. CathyAnn February 7, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    I can’t tell how tall the ceiling is, but I had to feel like I had to duck to look at it and to crawl through the front door. When I was in my 20’s, I would have loved it. Now that I’m 70, no can do. BUT, I wouldn’t mind living underground.

  6. Valerie R. February 7, 2015 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    In the spirit of Henry D. Thoreau, rich indeed 🙂 It takes individuality, and courage, to break out of that needing what the neighbor has mindset.

  7. Andy February 7, 2015 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I don’t think I could imagine anything more claustrophobic. Yikes.

  8. Gabriel Mattos February 7, 2015 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Thoreau is right there quite proud. 😉

  9. Cedar February 8, 2015 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    What a sweet and cozy home nestled into the natural setting. Touches a kind of truth. Inspires me to explore how to create my own style of something like it. Many years ago a good friend lived half underground and it served her and her daughter well – they were warm and secure. Thank you for posting this!

  10. Abbey February 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    wish there were more pics. we’re seeing less than 10 sq. ft. I think, no? very cool.

  11. Lisa E. February 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    What are we looking at? There seems to be two structures. One is a berme built into the side of a hill, and the other structure seems to be a yurt built out of wood. Where did you get the $100.00, a year for the land figure? I’m surprised that he has been allowed to live like this without some bureaucrat stepping in.

    • Lisa E. February 9, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      PS Okay, I see the $100.00, figure in the small type at the bottom. Thanks.

    • Brad West February 11, 2015 at 8:21 am - Reply

      The yurt structure is a steam house if I remember correctly from his book …or maybe it was the bathroom.

  12. JR February 9, 2015 at 1:04 pm - Reply


  13. pat szumski February 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    thank you for posting this house. my first thought was “could this person be reintegrated into society”. then i revisited why would I live in a tiny house. smaller footprint, affordability, simplicity of daily life. and, after acknowledging the immediate reasons that came to mind i had to then consider what made this particular tiny house so uncomfortable to me. a tiny house is the gateway to living large outside of it. you expand or implode. this smacks of implosion. his outside appears to be via the internet and publishing his inner life/thoughts. so. location, location and purpose were the ultimate considerations that are important to living in a tiny house for me. i hope he is happy there and i see he keeps an atlas handy. i appreciate the nudge toward a personally more realistic consideration of living tiny…

  14. Dan price February 11, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I have leased the 2 acres for $100/year for 25 years now. The landowners like how i take care of it, removing downed trees, fixing the fences. The city okayed my outhouse 24 years ago. The smaller structure is the propane swaetlodge by the river.

  15. Sara March 13, 2015 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Thank you Dan this is beautiful

  16. Lee April 5, 2015 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I also read Dan’s book Radical Simplicity a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I admire his creativity and that he applied his ideas confidently. I also often consider living in a little space with a lower roof. I also consider the way some Asian cultures sit on floor pillows (or did do that), and I can see how doing away with furniture frees up space. I’m also on leased land right now that is heavily wooded in areas. I’ve been pondering building a little dwelling that is on the ground and off the radar. There are other dwellings here, so a garden shed or “root cellar” would pass.

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