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Having a treehouse is the ultimate kid dream. Maybe it’s the solitude, maybe it’s the connection to nature, or maybe it’s the ability to pull up the rope ladder and rain terror on anyone below who tries to enter uninvited (including yourfather). If your kid is lucky enough to have a tree house, congratulations, you’ve already won Father of the Year. And if you had one of these treehouses, you’d be on your way to the Hall of Fame.
The Grandparents You Wish Were Yours
While the kids for whom this was originally built have grown up, the local neighbors’ kids still hang out here and (presumably) have new favorite grandparents. At 100 square feet, it features multi-level exterior decks, sleeping lofts, a suspension bridge to a floating crow’s nest, a climbing wall, a zip line, and yes, air conditioning.
Roderick Romero is the unofficial treehouse master to the stars (they’re just like us?) and he put together this whimsical piece with a “when you see it” name on Long Island. Romero’s creations start at $50,000 and blow straight past what you paid for your actual house.
Bicycle-Powered Treehouse Elevator
This is a pretty cool treehouse, but it’s candidacy for the “best” list rests almost exclusively on this ridiculously clever bike-powered elevator. Because the only other way your kids are riding their bikes into the tree house is if they’ve befriended an adorable alien from the ’80s.
The UFO At Treehotel
The Treehotel in Harads, Sweden, is exactly what it sounds like, and any of its six treerooms are worth a look if you want to live like Swiss Family Robinson for the night and have $900 to burn. By far the most kid-friendly is the UFO room, which features constellation comforters and legitimately looks like it could blast your family into space at any moment.
This lightweight, hyper-modern tree pod fits two to four children with either a table or a bed, and apparently assembles in two hours with nothing more than an allen wrench, like all your IKEA crap. Unlike your IKEA crap, though, you might want to spring for the professional installation. You don’t want to be figuring out if you put the 2×4 on backwards when you’re 30 feet off the ground.
Star Wars AT-ST Treehouse
OK, so it’s not as impressive in stature or design as some of the others on this list, but it’ll definitely make that annoying neighbor kid think twice before venturing into your backyard. Plus, you don’t have nearly enough plywood for a Millennium Falcon treehouse.
Between Alder and Oak
German designers Baumraum specialize in modern bespoke treehouses with equal parts form and function. Fortunately, they spent more time considering the finer details of the oak wood decks and interiors that come together in a perfect symbiosis between construction and nature than coming up with a name for this gorgeous treehouse perched … between an alder and an oak tree.
“A lucky set of children” are the primary residents of this piece by bonafide treehouse masters Nelson Treehouse And Supply. There’s a suspension bridge, a climbing rope, and a crow’s nest, all of which beg the question: Where’s the treehouse for a lucky set of dads?
You didn’t really think Japan wasn’t going to have a say here, did you? This teahouse is built around a cypress trunk and hovers among the cherry blossom trees surrounding the Kiyharu Shirakaba Museum in Hokutu, Japan. Better that your kids experience a floating tea party here than with their nanny’s crackpot Uncle Albert pumping laughing gas into his house.
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