Yurts had been used by ancient Hungarians for centuries. These tent-like structures served their nomadic lifestyle really well, and it was in use in some regions up until the 14th century. Recently, however, the trend to have vacations or even to live in yurts started gaining popularity again.
If you would like to know more about these interesting homes, which are very comfortable and can be packed up within minutes, we have an entire article dedicated to yurts. In order to get more insight into this new trend, Hellovidék interviewed Árpád Magyar, the business leader of Nomádjurta.
According to Árpád Magyar, many people have contacted the company, and the demographic is also quite varied. There are younger people who are planning their future life or even older people who want to try something out during their years of retirement. Magyar mentioned that a few years back, living in yurts was mostly connected to the preservation of traditions, but today’s new worldviews and the longing to experience closeness to nature play an important role in the popularity of yurts. The uses of modern yurts are also quite colourful.
Some people want to experience a certain free lifestyle, others see the potential for entrepreneurship or spiritual freedom.
While older yurts could only be used for one to two years consecutively, the development in modern materials has made it possible for such buildings to last multiple decades without any problems. Also, while picturing a yurt,
you might think about a fully nomadic lifestyle, but in truth, as Magyar mentioned, modern yurts can be well insulated and equipped with a plethora of things and services.
Apart from gas heating, almost any type of heating – electric or wood, for example – can be incorporated into these yurts. The owners also do not have to give up electricity, and there are also other functions that can be built into these modern yurts.
“Currently, aiming for the comfort of a light-frame house with a yurt is no longer unthinkable at all,” Árpád Magyar said.
There are a couple of benefits to living in a yurt. Depending on the structure, you most likely do not need any construction permits, and according to the interview, installing one is quite easy and can be done in many places. He highlights that because there is no specific mention of yurts in Hungarian law, it is necessary to at least contact your local authorities about setting one up, but according to his experience, just the simple act of cooperation can go a long way, and he has never experienced major problems. Yurts can also be declared as one’s home address due to the somewhat vague law about its criteria.
If you got interested, you can rent a yurt for HUF 28,000 (€77) a day or even buy your own custom yurt starting from only about HUF 4.19 million or €11,500.