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Home sweet underground home

The Shires’ Terra-Dome home

Built: 1985

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Cost$200,000 for land and building

Size: 3,400 square feet of living space and a two-car garage

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Number of rooms: 5

Noteworthy features: The home and yard are virtually maintenance free. The roof does not need to be replaced, and there is no lawn to mow.

Power/heat/ventilation: Solar heat for hot water, wood stove for heating, supplemented by an electric backup. The Shires’ electric bill is $70 to $100 a month. The home has air exchangers to bring in fresh air and a central vacuum system for cleaning.

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Property value: $491,800

Source: The Shires

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