Homeowner Fights to Keep Treehouse

City says it's a public hazard, but Washington state resident disagrees

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 13, 2014 2:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – Zeb Postelwait of Washington state always wanted to build a treehouse for his sons. He got the chance last summer after moving into a Wenatchee home with a big tree in the front yard. Two months later he received his first notice from the city to tear it down. Authorities say the treehouse overhangs the sidewalk and thus threatens public safety, but Postelwait disagrees, reports the Wenatchee World. City officials say he can keep it if he takes out a $1 million insurance policy, but Postelwait says no way. The city is prepared to seek a court order to remove the treehouse and send Postelwait the bill. He feels the city is harassing him.

Zeb Postelwait sits in a treehouse  at his home in Wenatchee, Wash.
Zeb Postelwait sits in a treehouse at his home in Wenatchee, Wash.   (Don Seabrook)
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