Housing

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Welcome to the homesteads of Middle-earth! The wonder and responsibility of owning a home requires a bit of finesse and a lot of money, and level 15. There are four homesteads to which your character(s) can choose from: a majestic Elven home in Falathlorn Homesteads, an underground Dwarven home in Thorin's Hall Homesteads, a rustic Men of Bree home Bree-land Homesteads, or a cosy Hobbit home in Shire Homesteads. Just remember that your new home will be the home for all your characters on that server. Once you choose which homestead will be your place of residence, you must choose between two different sizes: Standard or Deluxe. Whichever one your characters can afford, it will be a place you can call home with storage capabilities and decoration options. If you are a kinship leader you can purchase a kinship home and your entire kin can share the fun of rent, storage, and decoration.

Homesteads

Player housing takes the form of instanced neighbourhoods within a homestead. There are four distinct homesteads, one for each of the four playable races of Lord of the Rings Online.

Men of Bree-land

The homestead of Men is located in Bree-land, south of the Midgewater Marshes. The houses in the Bree-land homestead are rustic wood and stone houses, similar to the cabin-like houses found throughout Bree-land.

For more information see Bree-land Homesteads

Hobbits of the Shire

The Hobbit homestead is in the Southfarthing of the Shire, south of Waymeet. Homes in the Hobbit homestead are both smials dug into the sides of hills, and above-ground houses, consistent with Hobbit homes found throughout the Shire.

For more information see Shire Homesteads

Elves of Ered Luin

The Elf homestead is in Falathlorn, across the bridge near Duillond in Ered Luin. Elven homes are ornately designed domed houses similar to the Elven architecture found throughout Eriador.

For more information see Falathlorn Homesteads

Dwarves of the Blue Mountains

The homestead of the Dwarves is inside a large cavern in Thorin's Gate in Ered Luin, not far from the Stable-master Wíli. Dwarven homes are detailed stonework architecture consistent with dwarven architecture seen in Thorin's Hall.

For more information see Thorin's Hall Homesteads

Neighborhoods

Each neighborhood consists of 30 houses:

  • 16 standard houses
  • 10 deluxe houses
  • 4 kinship houses

Each server starts with a small number of neighborhoods. When all the houses in one neighborhood are sold, a new instance is generated and more houses become available for purchase. While this process is expansive, it is not indefinite. As a result, some servers, such as the highly populous Brandywine, have had issues with shortages of certain housing types.

Gathering Areas - Each neighborhood has its own gathering area with a stage and rows of chairs. In the Shire and Bree neighborhoods, there are areas with tents that allow for role-playing of a market area. The Shire homestead also has a party tree that can be used for public gatherings. These gathering areas that can be used for meetings and events held by players, and all neighborhoods have a local Vault-keeper and vendors such as the Healer, Housing Furnisher, and Provisioner & Supplier. The latter also offer neighbors a discount of 10 or 15%.

Personal Houses

Personal houses allow players to establish roots in Middle-earth, with their own customizable space. Personal houses are either Standard or Deluxe houses, both offering additional storage space: Housing Storage.

When a character owns a personal house, all the characters on the player's account will automatically receive the Travel to Personal House skill that returns them to their personal house. The skill has a one hour cooldown separate from the other recall cooldowns. Also, the characters on the account will automatically receive a Passive Skill that grants a 10% discount when purchasing and repairing with the vendors inside the neighbourhood in which house lies. This does not stack with the Kinship discount, which is 15%. If the character's Kinship house and personal house are in the same neighbourhood, only the Kinship discount will apply.

See House for further details on houses and their types, the following is a brief summary.

Standard Houses

Standard houses offer 22 interior hooks, 5 exterior hooks, and a storage chest.
Four different iterations of the Standard house are available:

Deluxe Houses

Deluxe houses offer 47 interior hooks, 7 exterior hooks, and a storage chest.
Four different varieties of deluxe houses are available:

Discussion & Tips

Location - This may be a factor when choosing a personal house as it relates to travelling. Because any character receives A) the free Return Home skill providing free fast travel to any milestone of the player's choice, B) a Racial Trait at a certain level providing free transport to their racial home town, C) a free Travel to Kinship House skill (if being in a Kinship and the Kinship owns such a house), and D) a free Travel to Personal House skill bound to the characters on the same world and account. Hence, a player may want to put down his/her house in an area that provides yet another fast travel destination.

Note that Thorin's Hall Homesteads is the closest to a stable-master who offers swift travel to Bree, Michel Delving, and Celondim.

Addresses - While each neighbourhood instance has exactly the same geographical layout, each house has a unique address based on street and the name of the world. For example, 6 Myrtle Court, Derndelf, Shire Homesteads (i.e. street, world, region). When about to enter a neighbourhood, friends can use the "Add to Favorites" button at the entering panel.

Kinship Houses

Kinship houses are the largest of houses, and are designed to be gathering halls that kinships can use for meetings, events, and general socialization. If a character is a member of a kinship that has a kinship house, they will receive a Travel to Kinship House skill having a one hour cooldown separate from other recall skill cooldowns. Only the Leader of a Rank 7 Kinship or higher can purchase a Kinship House.

Kinship houses offer 80 interior decorating hooks, 12 exterior decorating hooks, and a storage chest.
Four different varieties of kinship houses are available:

Privileges - If a character is a member of a kinship that has a kinship house, they will automatically receive a 15% discount when purchasing and repairing at the vendors inside that kinship's neighbourhood. This does not stack with the Personal House discount; only the better discount will apply.

Decorating the Kinship House - The leader of the kinship manages the permissions for that house, including who can toggle the Decoration Mode.

Upkeep & Donations - When granted permission by the kinship leader, characters may pay for the upkeep. In the Character panel the House button opens a panel which displays the a character's personal house as well as the kinship house; at that panel the Maintenance button opens a panel with options to deposit upkeep.

Purchasing a House

Players can purchase only one home per account (per server) and need to be at least level 15. Buy a house from a Housing Broker or by visiting a neighbourhood and clicking a "For Sale" sign (if there is any). The Housing Brokers for each of the homesteads are:

For details on Abandoning and Foreclosure, see Housing Management.

In addition to the purchase price, each house has an upkeep cost associated with it. If the upkeep is in arrears the house will be locked until the outstanding amount is paid. The upkeep cost varies slightly from address to address within a neighborhood (details are on each of the homestead pages listed above), but the average weekly fees are:

  • Standard: 50 Silver 
  • Deluxe: 150 Silver 
  • Kinship: 300 Silver 

Decorating

Only Decoration Items can be displayed within a home. They are placed in "decorating hooks" and may be rotated within that hook. Decorations can be crafted from a recipe sold by the neighbourhood vendors. Players can even purchase ambient music to be played automatically when characters are inside the home. To apply the decorations, players first enter Decoration Mode by clicking on the small icon on lower left of the mini-map. See Customizing the House and/or Decoration Items for further details on furnishing.

House type Interior
hooks
Exterior
hooks
Standard House 22 5
Deluxe House 47 7
Kinship House 80 12

Recipes

Several recipes for crafted decoration items are available from the Housing Furnishers inside the homesteads. Recipes for decoration items are also available from the various Reputation vendors across Middle-earth. Some recipes require very high standing with the reputation faction in order to purchase the recipe, but not to learn and craft the item.

Cook

Item Vendor Location Cost
Journeyman Cook Recipe-icon.png Breakfast Table Recipe Bill Twiggins Bree-land Homesteads
Artisan Cook Recipe-icon.png Hobbit Keg Recipe Maneser Goodbody The Mathom House 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Artisan Cook Recipe-icon.png Large Feasting Table Recipe Maneser Goodbody The Mathom House 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Expert Cook Recipe-icon.png Small Feasting Table Recipe Maneser Goodbody The Mathom House 11 Silver 


Farmer

Item Vendor Location Cost
Artisan Farmer Recipe-icon.png Potted Amaranth Recipe Bassiril Imlad Lalaith Lothlórien Silver Branch-icon.png 6 Lothlórien Silver Branches
Master Farmer Recipe-icon.png Potted Bloodwort Recipe Bassiril Imlad Lalaith Lothlórien Silver Branch-icon.png 6 Lothlórien Silver Branches
Master Farmer Recipe-icon.png Potted Elder Recipe Bassiril Imlad Lalaith Lothlórien Silver Branch-icon.png 6 Lothlórien Silver Branches
Artisan Farmer Recipe-icon.png Potted Saffron Recipe Bassiril Imlad Lalaith Lothlórien Silver Branch-icon.png 6 Lothlórien Silver Branches


Forester

Item Vendor Location Cost
Journeyman Forester Recipe-icon.png Log-holder Recipe Bill Twiggins Bree-land Homesteads


Jeweller

Item Vendor Location Cost
Expert Jeweller Recipe-icon.png Elven Starry Chandelier Recipe Barthavron Falathlorn Homesteads
Artisan Jeweller Recipe-icon.png Pointed Chandelier Recipe Authun Blue Stone Garrison
Artisan Jeweller Recipe-icon.png Silver Candlestand Recipe Authun Blue Stone Garrison


Metalsmith

Item Vendor Location Cost
Artisan Metalsmith Recipe-icon.png Candlestand Recipe Hafgrím Gath Forthnír 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Artisan Metalsmith Recipe-icon.png Iron Candlestand Recipe Hafgrím Gath Forthnír 16 Silver 52 Copper 


Scholar

Item Vendor Location Cost
Artisan Scholar Recipe-icon.png 'Above Weathertop' Painting Recipe Atharbain Rivendell 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Artisan Scholar Recipe-icon.png 'Shore Glimpse' Painting Recipe Atharbain Rivendell 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Supreme Scholar Recipe-icon.png Burnt Orange Wall Paint Recipe Bassiril Imlad Lalaith Lothlórien Silver Branch-icon.png 10 Lothlórien Silver Branches


Tailor

Item Vendor Location Cost
Artisan Tailor Recipe-icon.png Cushioned Bench Recipe Malenfang Esteldín Crafters' Courtyard 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Artisan Tailor Recipe-icon.png Large 'Dragon-fly' Rug Recipe Barthavron Falathlorn Homesteads 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Journeyman Tailor Recipe-icon.png Large White 'Leaf Border' Rug Recipe Barthavron Falathlorn Homesteads 5 Silver 
Artisan Tailor Recipe-icon.png Red Canopy Bed Recipe Malenfang Esteldín Crafters' Courtyard 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Master Tailor Recipe-icon.png Small 'High Seas' Rug Recipe Barthavron Falathlorn Homesteads 24 Silver 76 Copper 
Expert Tailor Recipe-icon.png Small 'Ring and Leaf' Rug Recipe Barthavron Falathlorn Homesteads 10 Silver 
Apprentice Tailor Recipe-icon.png Small 'Tree Shadow' Rug Recipe Barthavron Falathlorn Homesteads 2 Silver 52 Copper 

Weaponsmith

Item Vendor Location Cost
Artisan Weaponsmith Recipe-icon.png Leaf-blade Candlestand Recipe Celegdes Tinnudir (Keep) 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Artisan Weaponsmith Recipe-icon.png Leaf-blade Chandelier Recipe Celegdes Tinnudir (Keep) 16 Silver 52 Copper 

Woodworker

Item Vendor Location Cost
Apprentice Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Long Dwarf-make Table Recipe Rambi Thorin's Hall Homesteads 2 Silver 52 Copper 
Expert Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Red Scholar's Bookshelf Recipe Barthavron Falathlorn Homesteads 10 Silver 
Expert Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Scholar's Bentwood Bookshelf Recipe Rolf Bracegirdle Shire Homesteads 10 Silver 
Artisan Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Scholar's Cupboard Recipe Tully Hopwood Bree-town Hunting Lodge 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Expert Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Scholar's Pointed Bookshelf Recipe Bill Twiggins Bree-land Homesteads 10 Silver 
Artisan Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Scholar's Round Table Recipe Tully Hopwood Bree-town Hunting Lodge 16 Silver 52 Copper 
Journeyman Woodworker Recipe-icon.png Scholar's Small Bentwood Bookshelf Recipe Rolf Bracegirdle Shire Homesteads 5 Silver 

Housing Quests