Secret Treehouses

What’s cooler than treehouses?  Secret treehouses, of course!  Much of a treehouse’s appeal involves communing with nature, sharing some special bond away from the madding crowd.  When living in urban centres, this can be very hard to accomplish without a little secrecy.

Secret treehouses are also a powerful way to return to that feeling of childhood joy many of us long for.  We’ve blogged many times about the anti-treehouse leanings of most municipal governments.  This means that your treehouse building and living will often have to be under the radar if it’s to continue.

That’s why I thought you’d enjoy this article as much as I did.  This blast from the past was published in the New York Times in September 1986.  It’s all about a man named Bob Redman’s legendary reputation for building and living in a series of secret treehouses in New York City’s Central Park as a young man in the 1980s.

The spirit of adventure is palpable and inspiring as Redman played cat and mouse with park officials, building his secret treehouses, keeping one step ahead of the agents who hunted them down and destroyed them.  Cloak & dagger meets canopy living…can it get any more exciting?  This is the ultimate suspense story for treehouse lovers.

When you’re done reading, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Do you have one of these secret treehouses?  If so, how do you keep it concealed?  Sharing ideas on how to keep your quarters on the down low will help others enjoy the tranquility and quietude of treehouse living without having to deal with the hassles of local government officials.

In the meantime, enjoy these hot glory days of treehouse season!


Image: Bob Redman’s website