House of the Day: This $3.5 Million Treehouse Isn't for Kids

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Zeitlin & Company RealtorsWood, stone and glass nestled into the woods make this 7,000-square-foot Tennessee treehouse a place of respite.
An ultra-luxury mansion -- one that looks like it was dropped into the trees outside Nashville -- has hit the market in Tennessee for $3.5 million.

"It's a work of art," said listing agent Sue Chilton of Zeitlin & Company Realtors. "It could appeal to country music writers and performers who want privacy, a place to escape, yet be close to everything else in Nashville."

The stone-and-glass house was designed in 1992 by Tuck-Hinton Architects for the late Marvin Runyon, an auto-industry executive who later was U.S. Postmaster General from 1992 to 1998. The 7,258-square-foot design brings nature inside, and the five-level home is appointed with stacked stone and limestone, reclaimed wood floors, and hand-cut slate from mainland China.

"Even though it's a large house, it hides itself in the woods," said architect Seab Tuck. "It's black and stone,and you're right up on it before you see it. And the living room is 15 feet above the floor of the forest. So you really are in an expensive treehouse."

The top-floor master suite features his-and-hers baths, a sauna, exercise room, office, and a sitting area with fireplace. Guest suites with their own kitchenettes are placed on two lower levels, and gathering places include a two-story sunroom whose windows open to create a screened porch.

Other features:
  • Elevator to master level
  • Remote-controlled entry gate
  • Nashville skyline views in winter
  • Geothermal cooling.
The real stars of the property are the 5.31 acres of old-growth forest, including tulip poplars and a 300-year-old oak, which make the elevated house feel like it's part of the treetops.

"It's a niche market; it won't appeal to the masses," Chilton said about the house, which has been on the market for three months. "It's not a home for children who want a playground or pool. It's meant to be a place to escape from the world."

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