From rooms for rent, perched high in the canopy, to your own personal backyard hideaway, here are the very best treehouses for when you just need an escape
As an East Coast native, Sari Lehrer had one opinion when it came to backyards: “They should be flat expanses of rolling green lawn.” Her husband, Eli, born and bred in L.A., believes the exact opposite, as a fan of cantilevered patios, steep slopes, and raw edges. Enter landscape architect Sam Gore, who helped them meet in the middle. A big believer in encouraging her children’s imaginative thinking, Lehrer was especially insistent on creating a backyard full of safe play spaces, where the kids could feel like they were off doing "wild, illicit activities, but they’re not actually in any real danger, so I’m not actually having a heart attack,” she says. ("You haven't known fear until you've watched a beginning walker try to navigate a five-foot concrete drop.") Her yard includes willow tunnels, stumps-turned-stepping-stones, and this: a gigantic willow nest, perched in a loquat tree overlooking Silver Lake, made by Dylan Hostetter and Didi Beck. A secret spot full of hand-sewn cushions and hanging jewels, complete with look-outs and peep holes, "The kids feel like they're floating in mid-air," Sari says. "This feeling freaks me out. But, for them, it's pure magic."