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18 of the world's most stunning treehouses

By: Laura Moss on March 18, 2011, 1:25 p.m.
Finca Bellavista treehouse community

Photo: This house was built by Roderick Romero in 2008. (Tim Hussin)

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Finca Bellavista community

Finca Bellavista is unlike any other place on Earth. The 350-acre site on Costa Rica’s southern coast is the first modern sustainable treehouse community. Construction began about three years ago, and today the location is home to five houses and 24 buildings, including a community center — all suspended in the trees. Finca Bellavista is situated among mountains, beaches and rivers so one can imagine the breathtaking views available from a Costa Rican treetop home.

Every treehouse here is one-of-a-kind because each structure’s design varies based on elevations and available trees. This community is also unique because of its emphasis on sustainability. Small homes are encouraged, and all units are required to utilize rainwater collection and to be connected to the local electrical grid, which uses solar power.