i've just been talking with a few of my hermit-like friends about their need for 'a place.' it seems self-evident to me that a hermit needs a PLACE, like big-time. In an urban setting, a small apartment that is or at least feels isolated from the rest of the building residents, and that has, perhaps a small patio area or garden, or even just a window that looks out onto a tree, or a river, etc. can work well. These are all examples from my acquaintances who value their solitude above everything else. One man lives at the top of his building, in the room-with-bath at the farthest end of the corridor, and has a window overlooking an empty alley, and he thinks that's just great!
The problem is 'cost.' At least in the Bay Area it's getting harder to find a place of your own at a reasonable cost. One female friend of mine who has always been a solitary and wants to deepen that experience even more in her life is hesitant to rent a space in a neighborhood where she doesn't feel safe, but right now that's all she can afford. Hermits, generally, are just not as interested as the rest of us in making money, attaining status and prestige, etc. This works against them when they are looking for a place. Most of them would like to have a place where there's some nature around. Not all, but many. As it is, they are an unrecognized and undervalued element in society. But of course, 'society' today has all kinds of problems. it's no wonder the needs of solitaries are not at the top of the list.