Fairy Houses Popping Up in San Francisco

“Turns out, Golden Gate Park isn’t the only desirable place to live if you’re a teeny tiny someone. Bernal Heights has become the latest hot-spot for the new fairy houses that have been springing up in San Francisco this year.
As Bernalwood notes, the neighborhood has spotted a few teeny tiny tree houses of their own in recent days. They’re as small as the tree houses found in Golden Gate Park, although, we noticed the architecture takes on a more quirky bohemian appearance, reflective of the human-sized houses you find in Bernal Heights.…”

Article in SFWeekly by Erin Sherbert, photo: Badass Bernalwood Press

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About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Fairy Houses Popping Up in San Francisco

  1. Reminds me of Thai spirit houses, which are miniature houses customarily built outside human dwellings to attract friendly spirits. It's nice to see that animism is also alive and well in the west.

  2. Fairy houses have been built on Monhegan Island, Maine for years. They are built primarily out of natural things found in the forest: sticks, bark, rocks, dried grass, pine needles and any other suitable item.

    If a penny is placed at the front door and is gone upon your return, that then means a fairy really does live there. It is a whimsical and magical place; this has been a tradition for years and years………………

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