Long ago–over 2,000 years ago, in fact–there lived a man named Astérix. He was a cunning, fearless, and yet kindhearted warrior of the Gaul people. He was completely courageous, completely adventurous–and completely fictitious.

Nevertheless, this French cartoon character has been making children and adults smile for the past 55 years. What started as a comic book series was soon adapted into cartoons, games, 12 full-length movies (four of which were live action), and even an amusement park near Paris. This brave and yet bashful warrior has made a home in the hearts of millions of European and Canadian kiddos—and, of course, big kiddos with children of their own now. Something like this is truly priceless.

But here at Movoto Real Estate, we like to put price tags on things, so I got to wondering, what about this guy’s actual home in the village? Where would that be–and how much?

It turns out, if Astrix’s house were around today, it would only cost about $276,300.
Chug down some magic potion, slap on your finest Gaulish helmet, and read on as I describe my harrowing adventure in uncovering this price.

A Harrowing Adventure!

Okay, so finding the price of Astérix’s house was not so much harrowing as it was informative, and not so much an adventure as it was… computer research. But I played “Ride of the Valkyries” while I did it. In order to find the price of this home, I needed three things:

  • The location
  • The size
  • Comparable properties

Once I found out the real-world location and the size of Astérix’s home, my quest for comparable properties was a cinch. More on that in a moment; for now, let’s start with the location.

Armorica What?

As briefly mentioned before, our hero, Astérix lived around 50 BC in a fictional village in the northwest region of Armorica. If this doesn’t sound familiar to you, it’s probably because Armorica was a region of ancient Gaul between the Seine and the Loire Rivers, during the Iron Age and Roman Period. Today’s equivalent is Brittany, France.

Now, why anyone would think to create a children’s cartoon about an ancient Celtic village and its hero set during Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars is beyond me. Then again, compared to Adventure Time, this seems downright ordinary.

Bigger Than Obelix

Source: Wikipedia user Jheald

Source: Wikipedia user Jheald

With Brittany, France pegged as the location of Astérix’s village, the next step was to find his home’s size, which was easy—as soon as I was able to figure out which home was his. Since this is a French cartoon, much of the information I came across regarding his home was, sensibly, in French. After watching some of the movie and doing some pretty adventurous research, however, I was able to determine which home belonged to our hero. From there, I found several images of it and even a 3D scale model of the home, which is how I determined its size.

Using the wooden keg in said model as a unit of measurement, I calculated that the front of the house would be approximately 22 feet, since the average diameter of such a barrel is about two feet.

The model, along with the stills from the cartoon, make it seem as though the house is just slightly deeper than it is wide, so again with the help of the old barrel trick I measured the depth of the house to be approximately 25 feet. This means the first floor is 22 feet by 25.

To get the dimensions of the second floor, I used an ancient magic called “geometry.” With the angle of the roof as it is, I calculated that the second floor would be four feet shorter on each side, making its width 14 feet. It goes just as far back on both levels, so the second floor measures 14 by 25 feet.

This gives us a grand total of 900 square feet—which is certainly much bigger than Obelix. (But let’s be honest: once you start with the “At least I’m not as big as a house” reasoning, maybe it’s time to switch to the low-fat turkey legs.)

A Real House Fit for a Hero

Source: Wikipedia user S.Möller

Source: Wikipedia user S.Möller

Armed with the location and the size, I set out to find similar properties in modern-day Brittany. Of course finding a Gaulish stone hut from 50 BC proved to be difficult to say the least, so I did the next best thing and searched for historic stone farmhouses, mills, and cottages with at least one chimney, in Brittany, France.

To my surprise, I actually found quite a few—many of them were even built in the style of Astérix’s home, with the tall, slanted ceilings. After adding up the price per square foot for five of these homes, I found an average price per square foot of $307.

So, How Much for the House?

At $307 per square foot and a size of 900 square feet, Astérix’s Brittany home would cost about $276,300 if it were around today. Unfortunately, inflation calculators don’t go back this far; but I am willing to bet that Astérix didn’t go to too much trouble to get his house. After all, as we learned in “Astérix and the Caldron”, our hero and his companion, Obelix, have never done anything of the sort to earn money. What kind of heroes would they be then?