Escondido’s ‘Hobbit House’ sold for $ 1.145 million

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In the rugged, rocky landscape outside Escondido, one residence stands out from the rest. The whimsical cave-like home – built in harmony with the rugged terrain that surrounds it – just sold for $ 1.145 million after spending seven years on and off the market.

The awe-inspiring desert estate was designed by James Hubbell, an artist from San Diego whose eccentric creations have been compared to the Hobbit houses from Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” films.

It looks like a decent house for Frodo or even Fred Flintstone, but for the past two decades it has been owned by artist Gale Pruitt, who periodically offered tours of the one-of-a-kind retreat and recently listed it for 1,195. million dollars in March. .

The standard timber frame is nowhere to be found. Instead, the house consists of 13 Persian arches made of steel pipes and over a mile of rebar and galvanized wire mesh. Hubbell then covered the roof with four inches of concrete and four inches of roof foam, coated it with liquid rubber, and painted the exterior to match the beige rocks that dot the 15-acre lot.

Art installations approach the house, which opens onto 2,100 square feet of space straight out of a storybook. Vaulted ceilings and stained glass bring in the charm, while more traditional amenities include multiple fireplaces and a window-filled kitchen with tiled floors and a breakfast bar.

The two-story floor plan contains three bedrooms and three bathrooms and opens to various scenic spaces, including a patio and rooftop terrace. There is also a dining kiosk, catwalk and guesthouse.

The property is located in Hidden Meadows and has access to a community pool, clubhouse and tennis court.

Gustavo Barroso of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties held the list. Dushaun Fairley of the Century 21 Award represented the buyer.

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