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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's houses are built for sustainability.

Photo: Finca Bellavista Treehouse Community/Facebook

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Finca Bellavista community

Finca Bellavista is unlike any other place on Earth. The 500-acre site on Costa Rica’s southern coast is the first modern sustainable treehouse community. Construction began in 2006, and today the location is home to jungle resort, 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.