Are you excited for the new “How To Train Your Dragon” movie? I know I am. The last film was such an amazing ride of visuals, emotional loop-the-loops, and extremely likable characters. This one promises to be a whole new ride, and I can hardly wait.
In fact, I found it so hard to wait that I spent some of my time here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog to research a little more about Hiccup’s home. No, not just the Isle of Berk, I mean where Hiccup, and now Toothless, both sleep. I couldn’t help but be curious about how big that ornately decorated home was or how much it would cost to live there. Lucky for me, I work for a real estate company, and that means I get the opportunity to find out.
So I rewatched one of my favorite animated films, researched some about western Scotland, indulged my affinity for Norse architecture, and found out that Hiccup’s house would cost a reasonable $144,525. True, it’s dragon-not-included, but that’s still none too shabby.
How To Train Your Realtor
In order to do this evaluation, I did need a little training. I also had to ask myself some tough questions. Nothing quite as drastic as the personal questions Hiccup has to ask himself when he first trains Toothless, but I’d like to think they were still pretty tough to answer. The questions were:
- How big is this house?
- Where is it located? How much do similar properties there cost?
That meant a whole lot of math, and a whole lot of research, both of which I was definitely willing to do. Come on, who would pass up a chance to watch “How To Train Your Dragon” a few more times, especially right before the sequel’sl premier?
A Home Fit For A Viking
Vikings are big huge dudes (and ladies) with lots of weapons, armor, food, and trophies, so it would stand to reason that their houses would have to be made up of a ton of rooms to encompass all that. Add in a pet dragon, and you’ve got to be looking at one roomy home, right?
Nope. Not the case. As it turns out, Viking homes were pretty spartan. Everything major is in one main-floor room, including a fire to cook and craft with, a table to eat at, and all the trophies you can imagine. That’s where Hiccup’s dad sleeps. Upstairs, Hiccup has his study and his bed, as well as an area where Toothless sleeps.
Watching the movie, I was pretty sure that the loft was closed off as a separate room. In the TV show “Dragons: Defenders Of Berk”, it’s definitely just an open space so I’m just going to assume that they took out the wall so that Toothless could move around a little more easily.
Anyway, that’s all of it. Two rooms, two beds, and that’s it. No bathrooms, either, but I’m not going to even let myself begin to wonder about where the Vikings are doing their business.
A Bit Of Night Fury Concerning Square Footage
When I set out to find the square footage of this Viking abode, I figured it might actually not be that hard. After all, there’s a movie, a show, tons of fan art, and more to look at. Plenty of stuff to use for reference.
I was wrong again. These Vikings have pretty cruddy lighting in their homes, which is accurate, I suppose. In addition, most indoor scenes were done at night, so it’s really pretty impossible to see a full room through the shadows.
It was a little frustrating, though an interesting trend that Vikings are rarely inside except in the evening. I went through over 20 different episodes of the show, as well as the movie, before I was able to determine how big these rooms actually were.
You might be wondering what I used for reference. Right away, you might jump to Toothless, but while his height is well recorded, his length is rarely stretched out through the home, so using him wasn’t possible. Instead, I used our pint-sized hero, Hiccup, once I found his height.
By the way, I really have to tip my hat to the show’s creators, too, because I noticed that over the episodes of the show, Hiccup’s hair grew out, he got taller, his shoulders filled out. Basically, he aged. Now that’s some serious attention to detail.
Using an average sheep as a reference for his height, I determined that, early on in the show, hiccup is 65 inches tall (5 feet 5 inches). From there I figured out that:
- The Main Room Was: 505 square feet
- Hiccup And Toothless’ Loft Was: 206 Square feet
And that added up to this ornate little dwelling being roughly 711 square feet. Not much for an awesome special needs dragon and a pair of Vikings, but it’ll have to do. Plus, it’s easier to keep warm there during those cold Berk winters. Speaking of Berk…
Is The Isle Of Berk East, West, South, Or Norse?
In the very beginning of the first movie, Hiccup tells us a little bit about his home. He says that “It’s 12 days north of Hopeless and a few degrees south of Freezing to Death. It’s located solidly on the Meridian of Misery.” That’s all very poetic and emo, but it’s hardly a definite location. So the real-life placement of this home was going to need some research.
I quickly found out that Berk was based on an uninhabited island off the western coast of Scotland. Again, this is pretty awesome information, but I wasn’t going to be able to get comparable housing prices for an uninhabited island.
I instead looked for islands in the same basic area that had small populations and less than cheerful weather. Really, it’s almost always overcast in Berk, but I was looking at Scotland here, so finding a place like that really wasn’t hard.
After some searching for a small island with a very small population, grass, stoney shores, and dreary temperatures, I found something that fit the bill. That place was The Isle of Benbecula. It has the weather, the coasts, the sheep, and more.
The deciding factor for me was the fact that this place is also called The Dark Island. With how much I was turning up the brightness on my monitor to look at screenshots of this island, I think the name fits.
Answering The Burning Question
I almost had everything I needed now, and all that was left was to find prices for similar homes. Unfortunately, the Viking style of home kind of died out a long time ago. Still, there were similar sized homes and bungalows on the isle, so it wasn’t too hard to find the price per square foot.
The homes here averaged £121 per square foot, as is their currency, so I simply multiplied that by the 711 square feet of Hiccup’s home.
What I got was that this Norse nest would cost a total of £86,031, or $144,525 at the current exchange rate. Considering that’s less expensive than a one bedroom home in the San Francisco bay area, that’s not too pricey at all. Add in some fire-breathing dragons roaming around, and I’d even call that one hot deal.
If Only It Came With Your Own Dragon
I’m sorry to say that Toothless isn’t included in this deal, but that’s because we all know he’s absolutely priceless. Besides that, you’re getting a lot for your money. You’ll be near Hiccup’s academy, surrounded by amazing dragon riders and dragons themselves, and a welcoming, if not rather boisterous community.
Besides, Scotland is magically beautiful in its own right and has some good weather sooner or later, as well as tons to explore. You might even be able to find a new pet of your very own (fingers crossed).
If you want to know more about dragons, Hiccup, and his home in Berk, you can stop by a theater on June 13th to watch “How To Train Your Dragon 2”. I might just see you there.