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Fantastic Pinecone Treehouse hangs high in the forest

Fantastic Pinecone Treehouse h...
The Pinecone Treehouse is attached to the trees at a height of around 60 ft (15 m) above the ground
The Pinecone Treehouse is attached to the trees at a height of around 60 ft (15 m) above the ground
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The Pinecone Treehouse is attached to the trees at a height of around 60 ft (15 m) above the ground
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The Pinecone Treehouse is attached to the trees at a height of around 60 ft (15 m) above the ground
The Pinecone Treehouse includes a double bed
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The Pinecone Treehouse includes a double bed
The Pinecone Treehouse is glazed with acrylic 
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The Pinecone Treehouse is glazed with acrylic 
The Pinecone Treehouse is clearly quite snug inside and just about fits a double bed or two singles
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The Pinecone Treehouse is clearly quite snug inside and just about fits a double bed or two singles
The Pinecone Treehouse puts the focus on the view
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The Pinecone Treehouse puts the focus on the view
The Pinecone Treehouse is accessed by hatch in the floor
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The Pinecone Treehouse is accessed by hatch in the floor
The Pinecone Treehouse is mostly constructed from steel and wood, and weighs 5.5 tons
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The Pinecone Treehouse is mostly constructed from steel and wood, and weighs 5.5 tons
The Pinecone Treehouse is reached by ladder
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The Pinecone Treehouse is reached by ladder
It's recommended that guests to the Pinecone Treehouse wear a harness
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It's recommended that guests to the Pinecone Treehouse wear a harness
After descending the Pinecone Treehouse's ladder, there's a small bathroom at the end of a catwalk
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After descending the Pinecone Treehouse's ladder, there's a small bathroom at the end of a catwalk
The Pinecone Treehouse's bathroom is directly below
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The Pinecone Treehouse's bathroom is directly below
After descending the Pinecone Treehouse's ladder, there's a small bathroom at the end of a catwalk
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After descending the Pinecone Treehouse's ladder, there's a small bathroom at the end of a catwalk
The Pinecone Treehouse's bathroom includes sink, shower, and composting toilet
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The Pinecone Treehouse's bathroom includes sink, shower, and composting toilet
View of the Pinecone Treehouse's shower
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View of the Pinecone Treehouse's shower
The Pinecone Treehouse's sink and composting toilet
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The Pinecone Treehouse's sink and composting toilet
The Pinecone Treehouse's bathroom includes sink, shower, and composting toilet
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The Pinecone Treehouse's bathroom includes sink, shower, and composting toilet
The Pinecone Treehouse is accessed by ladder 
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The Pinecone Treehouse is accessed by ladder 
The Pinecone Treehouse is hung from cables attached to the surrounding trees at a height of around 60 ft (15 m)
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The Pinecone Treehouse is hung from cables attached to the surrounding trees at a height of around 60 ft (15 m)
The Pinecone Treehouse was prefabricated 
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The Pinecone Treehouse was prefabricated 
02 Treehouse used a chain hoist system and a scaffold to raise the parts up into the trees and attach them
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02 Treehouse used a chain hoist system and a scaffold to raise the parts up into the trees and attach them
02 Treehouse used a chain hoist system and a scaffold to raise the parts up into the trees and attach them 
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02 Treehouse used a chain hoist system and a scaffold to raise the parts up into the trees and attach them 

We've covered a lot of treehouses over the years but this one is pretty unusual. Designed by 02 Treehouse's Dustin Feider, the pine cone-shaped shelter hangs high up in the trees. Its snug glazed interior has enough room for a double bed and offers choice views of the forest.

The Pinecone Treehouse is currently located in Bonny Doon, California, is primarily constructed from steel and wood, and weighs a total of 5.5 US tons (4.9 metric tons. It's glazed with acrylic windows and hung from cables attached to the surrounding trees at a height of around 60 ft (15 m) above the ground.

The treehouse was prefabricated and 02 Treehouse used a chain hoist system and a scaffold to raise it up into the trees in parts before joining them together.

The Pinecone Treehouse includes a double bed
The Pinecone Treehouse includes a double bed

Inside, the Pinecone Treehouse is topped by a glass roof. It has a bed and, except for some lighting, that's about it. Access is gained by a ladder and hatch and guests are encouraged to wear a safety harness – this one's definitely not for the faint hearted.

Nor is it a good fit for those with a weak bladder for that matter, as guests must make their way back down the ladder and across a catwalk when nature calls to use a separate bathroom, which includes a composting toilet, shower and sink.

The Pinecone Treehouse's bathroom includes sink, shower, and composting toilet
The Pinecone Treehouse's bathroom includes sink, shower, and composting toilet

The Pinecone Treehouse was previously up for rent on Airbnb but recently became available for purchase. As you can probably guess, this kind of craftsmanship doesn't come cheap and the whole thing (including bathroom and catwalks) is priced at around US$150,000, plus installation fees.

Source: 02 Treehouse

2 comments
paul314
5 tons for just enough space to hold a bed.
Nik
Its quirky and fun, but, all those windows to clean, and all those nooks and crannies to collect leaves, and other tree debris, that could take the smile away, if the price doesn't.