12 Stunning Tree Houses

When I was little, I visited a friend whose dad built a tree house with a zipline that led directly to the family’s front door. It was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen—but nothing compared with these astonishing dwellings. Some houses are the handiwork of ambitious amateurs, while others are eco-friendly architectural marvels.

I’ve Got My Eye on You
Sure, this tree house looks suspiciously like an eyeball, but the “Free Spirit Sphere” (designed by Tom Chudleigh) coexists unobtrusively with its forest environment.

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The Miracles of Baumraum
German design firm Baumraum creates striking (and green) private residences in forests around Europe, all to customer specifications.

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Unspoiled Beauty
The majority of the Korowai hunter-gatherer clans live in tree houses on their isolated territory in Papua, New Guinea.

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The Best Part of Waking Up
Japan’s leading architect, Kobayashi Takashi, built this egg-shaped house out of driftwood for a Nescafé commercial (starring himself, funnily enough). He gathered all of the driftwood from a nearby beach on Hokkaido’s northernmost island.

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Daydreamer’s Paradise
Originally built for the owner’s daughters, this tree house has views stretching 180 degrees from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean.

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Rapunzel’s Abode
Talk about a magical retreat! An enterprising carpenter built his tree house right into the trunk of a huge tree.

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Falcon’s Perch
The playhouse designer and the carpenter who produced this exquisite little tree house on Long Island not only collaborated on the project, but also got married not long after its completion.

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The Butterfly Effect
As part of an advertising campaign for New Zealand Yellow Pages, a Kiwi design team created this breathtaking restaurant in Auckland. “We were inspired by the hanging ‘organic’ form of the butterfly’s chrysalis,” the architect said. “[There’s a] ‘lantern’ effect at night where the skin becomes transparent and the interior glows.”

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The House of Mirth
This spooky tree house in Somerset, England, has an almost human quality. Is that a nose coming out of the front window?

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Twin Peaks
With neighbors this close, you’d better hope Mister Rogers lives next door.

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Swiss Family Robinson
In the mid–nineteenth century, Le Plessis, just outside Paris, became famous for its tree house restaurants, where chic Parisians dined on roast chicken and champagne hoisted up in a basket pulley.

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Jo S.
Jo S.3 months ago

Thanks Megan.

Jo Recovering
Jo S.5 months ago

Thanks Megan.

Elisa F.
Elisa F.1 years ago

Too Cool! Thanks for sharing :)

Carol S.
Carol S.1 years ago


ERIKA SOMLAI1 years ago

very nice ideas

Sandi C.
Sandi C.2 years ago

love # 5 & 7

Mary ann S.
mary ann s.2 years ago

Oh my....... can't decide which one I like the best


Thanks for sharing.

Dale B.
Dale B.2 years ago

There's a great show on now about a group of guys who build custom tree houses. The most amazing thing is how quick they can do it. It's a good show, the host is so excited about each new project and he does amazing work.

Christine Daniels