Yep, you read that right. People are paying a pretty penny to live in ornate wagons, according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal.
These painted wagons, typically used as Romany homes, or by circus performers and traveling salesman, are popping up in the backyards of some of the nations wealthy as entertainment spaces and guesthouses. According to the WSJ, the small trailers, especially the antiques can go for as much as $100,000 depending upon their condition and the detail of their carvings inside and/or out.
According to the story, a craftsman in southern France began building and restoring the wagons, twenty years ago and recently went looking for a partner in the U.S. A couple from Oregon took him up on the offer and have been building the caravans for U.S. based aficionados, since. j
For a team of 6-8 men, it takes roughly 6-8 weeks to build the wagons from scratch, according to the story–all depending upon how intricate you’d like to go. Final cost (depending on details) can range anywhere from $30,000 to $60,000.