There are a few things you should know before you consider booking a stay at the “Secluded Intown Treehouse,” an Airbnb listing located just outside Atlanta. There’s no bathroom in the listing—it’s a 30-second walk away from the treehouse, located in the owner’s house. There is no heat or air conditioning.
In spite of these minor drawbacks, the listing has become the most pined-for Airbnb listing in the world (besting locales one may associate with fantasy getaways, like Paris or Phuket), a metric determined by the number of people who’ve saved the listing to their wish lists—as of writing, 155,139. The listing has held this title for quite some time; it was named the most wish-listed property in the world at the beginning of this year. But there’s been a real spate of coverage in the past week or so, likely due to it being thrust back into the spotlight by a Today article published last week.
No matter. It’s certainly quite an edifice, with spellbinding interiors adorned with antique furnishings and twinkle string lights. The treehouse is owned by Peter Bahouth, the former Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, who built the treehouse himself nearly two decades ago. His work in environmental advocacy drew him to create this treehouse in the middle of nature, envisioning an oasis far from urban cacophony.
The treehouse is split into three different "rooms," all strung together by rope bridges. Each room corresponds to the mind, body, and spirit. The Mind room, for example, has a guest book where Bahouth encourages guests to scribble whatever they want—their personal narratives, or what brought them to the treehouse, a form of journaling.
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Staying here will set you back $375 per night, and you’ve got to stay for at least two days. The treehouse is also booked for the first few months in 2018, so, if you're so compelled to stay there, I'd act fast. It's a bit out of my price range, I'm afraid! But scrolling through Airbnb is quite the time suck, and, at the very least, I'd extrapolate some inspiration from these photos and bring it into your home. Bahouth, in his interview with TODAY, expressed mild bewilderment over the fact that his listing had become so popular. “I think it’s a simple response to a complicated world for a lot of people,” he surmised. No kidding.
Mayukh Sen is a James Beard Award-winning food and culture writer in New York. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Bon Appetit, and elsewhere. He won a 2018 James Beard Award in Journalism for his profile of Princess Pamela published on Food52.