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

(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.

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orlandojon
Mar 16, 2014 6:21 AM CDT
Trace back this sort of thing,..where someone has nothing better to do than to try and make someone else's life miserable and you always find a liberal.
K.C.
Mar 14, 2014 6:53 PM CDT
The photo does not show the treehouse hanging over the sidewalk, but I think such things are only fit for back yards, not front ones. I have always dreamed of living in a treehouse but I came to the realization that a safe one would have to be in an artificial tree (bugs and weather could topple it, you know). Of course, such a thing would be tremendously expensive to build. I think the dad should probably disassemble it and build something else in back.
Pragmatist5
Mar 14, 2014 1:10 PM CDT
Hmmmmm its not an eyesore. If I were a kid I'd sure like a treehouse like that! The city should work with him to make sure its safely secured in the tree.