Underground or earthen homes haven't always had the best track record in Oklahoma. Our wildly moody weather in the state gets some of the worst in the country, which makes for infinite challenges in homebuilding.

Extreme heat, extreme drought, extreme cold, extreme rain, extreme ice, etc... all have different effects on our homes.

Add in the high water table in some areas, the dense Oklahoma clay, and our seismic activity, that's why you hardly see underground houses or even basements anymore even though we're in the heart of Tornado Alley... but that could be changing.

Shire Shores is a homebuilding company based out of Checotah, Oklahoma that has found a niche in building homes straight out of the Lord of the Rings series of books and movies. Literally homes from The Shire.

They aren't as much underground as they are covered with dirt--earthen homes. Could this be the future of Oklahoma home building?

From the Shire Shores website, these modular homes go up insanely fast. Built of "cutting-edge polymeric compounds" (marketing jargon for plastic), it seems that it's as easy as buying some land, working the dirt, pouring a foundation, and setting the structure on top to be covered with dirt.

As we've talked about in the past, earth is a really good insulator from the elements. That's one of the reasons underground homes gained popularity in this state during the 70s and 80s, but the lack of water and weatherproofing was the inevitable downfall of the trend... but if the whole house is plastic, it seems like the technology finally caught up to our parents' trend.

Time will tell if these will catch on like barndominiums did, but if I were a betting man, I suppose there's a market for every product and style out there.

Take a tour of this epic Oklahoma 6.5 million dollar country club mansion

This EPIC-ESTATE is located at 3226 East 62nd Street in Tulsa, OK. and is listed by Stuart Gallagher of Coldwell Banker Select. It's a HUGE 9,115 square foot 3 story home that was originally built back in 2010. It features 4 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a 5 car garage, and is centered on 2.11 acres. It's a one-of-a-kind Palatial Estate that's located right next to the Southern Hills Country Club right on the golf course's 12th tee box. Check out the photo gallery below to take a quick virtual tour and see what $6,500,000 could buy you.

The Best Places to Live in Oklahoma in 2023

When it comes to living in Oklahoma, there is no shortage of opinions on where you should live. If you compare all of the different metrics--schools, cost of living, diversity, amenities, etc--you'll get a slightly different list every time... but if you compound all of them into one, you get this list. The best places to live in Oklahoma in 2023.

Top 12 trashiest Oklahoma towns & sleazy cities

It's a top 12 list you don't want to be on. Unfortunately, these 12 towns and cities have been selected as some of the worst and by worst I mean trashiest and sleaziest in the Sooner State. These dirty dozen were selected by Google using factors like crime, violence, drug abuse, unemployment, income rates, and even the overall appearance of the town or city. It factored in things like rundown or abandoned properties and vehicles when ranking how trashy or sleazy a town or city is. You can scroll through the photo gallery below for the results.

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