Could a Tree House Solve Your Housing Dilemma?

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These days you read more about homes being underwater than up in the air. But with more artists and architects building tree houses, some of today's coolest and most avant-garde homes are nestled in tree branches.

Equipped with amenities including electricity, plumbing, heating -- even Wi-Fi -- big-kid tree houses provide a creative alternative to life on the ground and provide an airy escape from packed streets. Many are made from recycled materials and use eco-friendly systems like solar power and rainwater recycling. And, of course, you can't beat the views.

In celebration of these digs in the sky, here's a look at some of the most amazing tree houses in the world: