How much would you cough up for a Hobbit home?
With "The Hobbit" opening in U.S. theaters this week, a new infographic takes a glimpse at how much it would cost to buy a real-life Hobbiton abode similar to Bag End.
Tired of the city and need some more greenery in your life? Real estate blog Movoto calculated the cost of buying a home similar to Bag End featured in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" movie sagas.
Movoto considered Worcestershire County, England, as a reasonable locale for estimating the value of a Hobbiton home since "Hobbit" author J.R.R. Tolkien supposedly favored the lush countryside area.
The blog figures that Baggins' home works out to about 4,500 square feet, which features three bedrooms, a potato garden, and other living rooms (with several cellars and pantries for second lunch, of course).
Based on a comparison of a suitable location in Worcestershire (at a cost of $296 per square feet), a real-life Hobbit home would probably cost around $1,330,000, the Movoto bloggers reckon.
I looked up real estate prices in Matamata, New Zealand, the place where most of the actual Hobbiton scenes were shot in Peter Jackson's various Tolkien-inspired films. Average houses with similar specifications to Bag End started around $225,000, but you'd need a whopper of an artistic construction crew to recreate the finer looks of a Hobbit home.
Want a cheaper alternative? Check out this incredible Lego set based on Bilbo's Bag End home that costs far less than attempting to recreate the real deal.