Meet the Man Who's Lived in a Sand Castle for 22 Years

In a world with ever increasing rent rates, it can seem impossible to find an affordable place to live. Well a man in Brazil has found the perfect rent-free accommodations. And all it requires is a little sand. 

Marcio Mizael Matolias is a 44-year-old man who's lived in a sand castle at the Barra da Tijuca beach in Brazil for the past 22 years. He's become a local celebrity and has been dubbed "King Marcio" by many. 

“I grew up in the Bay of Guanabara, I always lived on the beach. People pay exorbitant rents to live in front of the sea, I do not have bills and here I have a good life,” Matolias said in an interview. 

Turns out living in a sand castle isn't just about lounging around. The sand needs to be constantly watered to stay together and maintain its structural integrity. When he's not fixing his castle, Matolias says he likes to read, play golf, and lounge on the beach. He's currently unemployed, unmarried and childless.

The only problem with the sand castle, he says, is it's sometimes difficult to sleep. The sand traps all of the Brazilian heat and an be too hot for him at night. When that's the case, he stays at the home of a nearby friend. 

(h/t Yahoo Sports)


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