We’re in Love With This Five-Story Waterfront Treehouse On Bainbridge Island
Made from salvaged wood and old ship parts, the rustic three-bedroom was crowned Zillow’s House of the Year.
Dream homes can take on many forms, from a colorful Craftsman and a quirky cottage to a mod millionaire’s mansion. But the ultimate find, according to thousands who weighed in on Zillow’s annual House of the Year, is an island dwelling that fulfills both our childhood fantasies and our grown-up wish list.
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Perched on the south-facing shore of Bainbridge Island, just outside Seattle, this five-story “treehouse tower” offers an opportunity to live among 200-foot cedars with a front-row seat to the Puget Sound’s passing ships.
The home was listed in 2017 by sustainably minded architect Jason McLennan, who partnered with Leonardo DiCaprio to design the world’s first restorative island eco-resort, set to open later this year in Belize. It was sold to a lucky buyer in the summer for $875,000.
While much of the treehouse’s sustainable qualities seem very befitting for McLennan’s style, the home was actually built in 1978 by a different architect using reclaimed wood as its base. Four massive beams anchor the main living space, which McLennan believes to be old-growth Douglas fir from the early 1900s.
“It’s just nature’s paradise,” McLennan told Zillow. “Everything is nestled in the trees, so the trees are intact and the ecosystem is intact. You do feel like you’re in a special place when you’re there.”
Maritime accents in the home also reflect the home’s waterfront location. Materials recovered from an old ship, like portholes and brass handles, are cleverly woven into the architecture.
Each of the home’s five floors offer open, light-filled spaces with rustic-modern décor. The first two floors are used as the home’s main entertaining spaces, featuring high ceilings and access to an outdoor pond and spacious wooden deck.
On the third floor, a master bedroom opens onto a peaceful private sunroom perfect for morning coffee or meditation.
The top two floors—which form the treehouse’s tower—are extra bedrooms and office space
Now that's a treehouse that certainly rivals anything we ever had as kids.