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Updated on December 20, 2011

Tree houses that are

Interior - what I call the "bubble"
Interior - what I call the "bubble"

Tree House Fantasy Dwellings - Part I

Once upon a time, back in the 70’s, all us happy hippy children just danced and sang and refused to grow up, remember? And if you would have asked any of us what kind of house we dreamed about having it would have been a tree house.

Yes, I too dreamed that I would live one day in a California valley (much like the one I live in now) where the great oak trees would shelter our commune’s gentle people in lovely hobbity dwellings up in their branches. There would be lovely tiny homes made with re-cycled wood from old barns and ships and wonderful windows like ship portals. You wouldn’t see them until you were within spitting distance because there would be no roads or noticeable trails to them. You would have to know they were there.

And in these little homes the wind would literally rock you to sleep and the rain would gently fall through the live oak leaves and you would have just as much as you would ever need, embraced by the forest and an old tree.

Only a few wonderfully creative people in Marin County, California and in the mountains of Colorado too, actually constructed these fairytale homes and maybe they are living there still!

I still have that dream, at least to stay in one for awhile, even if I can never have my own.

So I did a little online research and found out, that the tree house cult is still alive and well and some people didn’t give up on their dreams! There are some wonderful homes in the treetops.

In a short time, I found many photos of some truly exquisite tree dwellings.

Some are much larger than I would have ever dreamed - and some are so wonderfully engineered that they look like wooden bubbles hanging in the trees. There is one that looks very much like a regular house in a great vine covered dead tree, but it was not my favorite. (on closer inspection, I think that is a Chinese restaurant! it has Chinese characters on it)

That would be a wonderful idea, and a great tourist attraction - a whole town in the treetops!

There is even a tree house that looks like a miniature castle stuck way up high in the branches.

So now I know it is still possible to live my dream and that is very good. Even if I never get to actualize my dream, it makes me happy to know that they are there, that people know how to build them and it COULD happen, you know? Someday I might be swinging down out of my tree house like Jane and Tarzan!

The next step is to find a tree house or two near me and see if it is possible to actually go visit one. Then I could report back to you. So I can say in all honesty that I am reporting for HubPages, right? Well, maybe that’s stretching things a little too much.

Meantime - there are pictures here (if they are big enough to see) and you can go to the links I provide below. I’m not through with this subject of all kinds of fantasy homes that people dream of and build - and maybe I’ll actually inspire someone to build their own tree house! If so, I want to know about it. Or let me know if you already have one or have friends who have one! Even kids’ playhouse tree houses can be very cool.


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    8 years ago

    I have always thought these houses were awesome! I would like to visit one someday, perhaps even stay in one. Great hub

  • buckleupdorothy profile image


    8 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

    My father designed (and we helped to build!) a treehouse that was centered on three trees and swayed as they did. It was just fantastic. And the design and organization strides that have been made in making such small spaces completely comfortable - an increasingly livable dream!

  • LetitiaFT profile image


    8 years ago from Paris via California

    Funny, just yesterday I saw a tree that made me want to climb up, curl up, and sleep on it. It looked so solid and comforting...

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    8 years ago

    The Swiss family Robinson had the right idea!

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    Liz Rayen 

    8 years ago from California

    I have always loved tree houses. I wish they were collectible! This hub is wonderful with amazing pictures! Thumbs up! Lisa

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    9 years ago

    Empress - check out my tiny houses hubs - you'd like those and the cool thing is you could actually have several of them, they aren't expensive, and I have friends who sort of hooked them together with covered walkways. Very cool =with gorgeous gardens, really wiser than energy guzzeling big houses! Thanks for your comment.

  • EmpressFelicity profile image


    9 years ago from Kent, England, UK

    Fantastic pictures - not just the pictures themselves, but the way you've laid them out.

    It is great that some people "think outside the box" when it comes to deciding where to live. I don't think I'd fancy a tree house myself (scared of heights!) but maybe a converted shipping container in a forest clearing, surrounded by a vegetable patch and close to a stream, would be lovely...

  • Eiddwen profile image


    10 years ago from Wales

    Only one word : brilliant.

    Thanks for sharing and take care


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    Denise Handlon 

    10 years ago from North Carolina

    I agree. Last time you climbed a tree?

  • mega1 profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago

    I look forward to seeing your fav treehouses, Denise - there can never be too many treehouses in the world.

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    Denise Handlon 

    10 years ago from North Carolina

    Love, love, love this hub! I'm a tree hugger and a treehouse lover (if you couldn't tell). Actually, I'm planning on writing a hub about the subject as well.

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    10 years ago

    Lovely! I wanna have one these for my kids one day...

  • rocco071 profile image


    10 years ago from by the lake

    These are amazing!

  • theindianblues profile image


    10 years ago from Some where on the Globe

    Hi, beautiful houses. Very good sharing, thanks.

  • SummerSteward profile image


    11 years ago from Duluth MN

    I would LOVE to live in a tree house!!! Fun hub!!

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    Faye Constantino 

    11 years ago from Florida

    Oregon has a treehouse resort. I was looking for the Artist Colony here in Florida, but they're artists! You can never find them. Anyway. I am sure your research probably turned this up, but just in case it didn't here are two resorts for you.

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    11 years ago

    Fantastic tree house! I love those round ones :)

  • Fluffymetal profile image


    11 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Awesome Hub

  • shanel profile image


    11 years ago from Seattle

    There is something just a little enchanting about a home in the treetops. This is a great hub, and the photos are amazing. Thanks!

  • mega1 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago

    Denno - where in heck have you been? I've been making a big a$$ of myself on the forums looking for you - and I had to hijack threads all by myself! Then I get all these comments from you and go running to the forums and you're not there! you didn't get banned ? of course not. You're just being energetic and doing your schoolboy thing, I know. Any way - I'm glad you liked my hubs and thanks for all the compliments - my head is so big now I can barely stand up anymore!

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    11 years ago

    Oh, Freakin' Giggity! Geodesic Treehouses by Gravy! This is an awesome Hub, to be sure; now I know where your idea of Tribe Treehouses came from! I' so glad I read this one! :-)

  • mega1 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago

    habee- yep, me too - and then, I lived in some hip communities where it was cutting edge - so maybe it isn't cutting edge any more - but I STILL WANT ONE! glad you are "stalking me" now! isn't it fun! don't I go to the best places! tomorrow its houseboats! I'm doing a whole series on fantasy homes! yeah! good grief - I feel so, you know - young?

    BK - I didn't mean to ignore your comment - wish I had thought of that - NESTING! ha! You're gonna bookmark me? that will be my first bookmarking coup!

    I'm so excited, I just can't stand it (whose song is that?)

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    Holle Abee 

    11 years ago from Georgia

    Fascinating! I've wanted once ever since I saw Swiss Family Robinson!

  • mega1 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago

    Hey Lynne - I am still wishing for one of my own and drooling over these!

    Hi cheaptrick - I would genuinely love to go back to the good old days, in reality! but alas, no time travel backwards - only onwards!

    thanks for stopping by and commenting, everybody!

  • cheaptrick profile image


    11 years ago from the bridge of sighs

    Hi M,great photos,Took me back to the good old days lol.

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    11 years ago

    I had to come check this out and lyrics has it right those are simply Wicked Awesome.

  • mega1 profile imageAUTHOR


    11 years ago

    lyrics - Yes - I love them too - keep wishing and it may happen! wish wish wish wish wish wish wish! Do you have any pics of the one you had growing up? you lucky kid!

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    11 years ago

    WICKED! I'm not kidding you this is one of my favorite hubs. They're incredible! Mostly remind me of mine (little less fancy) growing up and it was my private get a way which I was continuously remodeling and upgrading. Wish I still had one. sigh. Thanks tons, kimberly

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    11 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Fabulous! I would love to have any one of those amazing homes. Then I would truly be nesting! Thanks for these photos - I'm going to bookmark this hub so I can share it! Wow! (And thanks for the "Purple Rain" link!)


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