I just heard from Jim Costigan, the builder and owner of the "Hobbit House" tucked into a hillside in Pawling, NY that I have written about. Jim reports that they've just lowered the price, and that the annual taxes were probably going to be in the $7,000-$9,000 range. You can check out the listing here. $650,000 buys you one of the most unique homes outside the Shire, sure to be popular with Airbnb-ers on weekend trips from nearby NYC. Good luck, Jim! Hope you find someone who loves this amazing project of yours.
If you haven't discovered the legendary Dick Proenneke, this book is a good introduction. Proenneke "retired" to Twin Lakes, Alaska in 1968 and single-handedly built a log cabin to live in. There he kept a journal, filmed wildlife, and took photos. A TV program using his journal (but not voice) as the narration is popular on PBS stations in California. This reissue has a new introduction by Nick Offerman, the actor who is also a woodworker. I once interviewed Proenneke's friend and editor John Branson. You can hear it here. It's one of this blog's most popular pages. And I have lots of other Proenneke-related stuff here, including information about the culture and language of the Dena'ina Athabascans, who have lived in the Lake Clark area for thousands of years. Thanks to my friend Mike for sending me information about the new edition in a terrific Anchorage Daily News article by Nancy Lord.