Tiny House In The Meadow


An 80 square feet underground home in Oregon.






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.


  • Rickles says:

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

  • jo says:

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

  • Brad says:

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

  • scott h. says:

    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.

  • CathyAnn says:

    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.

  • Valerie R. says:

    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.

  • Andy says:

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

  • Thoreau is right there quite proud. 😉

  • Cedar says:

    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!

  • Abbey says:

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

  • Lisa E. says:

    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.

  • pat szumski says:

    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…

  • Dan price says:

    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.

  • Sara says:

    Thank you Dan this is beautiful

  • Lee says:

    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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