You would not expect to find such a magical home next to a busy highway. With a thick wall of trees to protect it, it is easy for the observer to get lost in its majesty and forget the hustle of the surrounding world.
Known as the ‘Shire’, this home was built in 1972 & designed by the famous & whimsical artist James Hubbell. Hubbell began his artistic career as a sculptor and slowly moved into architecture.
He set himself apart from the rest by maintaining designs that have a whimsical feel with a large emphasis on nature. He states that travelling & learning about new cultures largely influences his design work.
Although only a mere 780 square feet, the Shire is packed with intricate details that create a very natural flow throughout the home. Take note of the mosaic glasswork, sculptures and strange brickwork. This home is truly a stunning work of art.
Hubbell has been quoted saying that “the intention was to create a home that continually reveals itself, challenging rather than satisfying his clients’ expectations.”
Personal Experience: I was THRILLED when I received an invitation to visit the Shire I have been a big fan of James Hubbell’s work for a long time now. You can view one of his public pieces of work at the Crestridge Ecological Reserve and Briercrest Park.
The current owner, Chucks Samples, was extremely kind and gave us a thorough walk-through of the home while revealing back-story: apparently a family of 6 lived here for 30 years!! That had to have been quite a tight squeeze but I imagine they wouldn’t have stayed for so long if they didn’t truly enjoy it.
Right below the home is a creek and forest which is the perfect spot to just close your eyes and meditate. I can only imagine how stimulating it must be to live in a home like this. It seriously looks as if it is part of a fantasy movie set!
If you are interested in staying here, the home is currently being used as an Airbnb! I have provided the link above to help you get into contact with the owner. Just keep in mind that the main intention is to help preserve this home, so only quiet and respectful people should apply.