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Magical 'Hobbit House' hits market in Wisconsin

Posted: 5:01 PM, Jan 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-04 18:46:48-05

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Have you ever wanted to live in a “Hobbit House” that is closer to Minneapolis than Milwaukee? Now is your chance.

Jacque Foust, a retired UW-River Falls professor who purchased the home in 1984, has decided to sell the home because he lives part time in Florida and also has a home in Stockholm.

“It’s more than I can take of,” Foust told the Leader-Telegram of Eau Claire.


Dale Antiel, the Edina Realty agent who has the listing, said everyone calls it the “hobbit house,” but Foust does not like the whimsical name.

“It’s been recognized in Smithsonian magazine and articles as architecturally significant and pioneering in its day,” Foust told the Leader-Telegram .

The 1970s earth-sheltered home is futuristic-looking and features two private bedroom suites — each with a bathroom and spacious sitting room warmed by a wood-burning fireplace.

It is listed for $285,000 and has 2,236 square feet.