Lonely Planet Writer

Meet the man living in two treehouses, complete with hot tub and skate park

Anyone who has ever harboured fantasies of escaping from regular living will envy this adventurous American man whose home and workplace are two connected treehouses, complete with a wood-fired hot tub and a skate bowl.

Foster Huntington's treehouses, skate park and hot tub. Image: Foster Huntington
Foster Huntington’s treehouses, skate park and hot tub. Image: Foster Huntington

Foster Huntington built his unique dwelling place, known as The Cinder Cone, in Skamania County, Washington, near the Oregon border. He built it with with the help of friends and a construction crew in 2014, three years after quitting his job designing for Ralph Lauren in New York. The end result is pretty cool, and it looks like a truly idyllic place to live and hang out.

Foster Huntington's skate park in Oregon. Image: Foster Huntington
Foster Huntington’s skate park in Oregon. Image: Foster Huntington

Prior to building the treehouses, Foster’s off-the grid lifestyle began when he purchased a VW van in 2011 and travelled around America surfing, fly-fishing, camping and taking photos. He documented his adventures on social media – he was behind the popular hashtag #vanlife  – and has over one million followers on Instagram alone. He has also published several photo books.

Foster Huntington and friends enjoying his wood-fired hot tub. Image: Foster Huntington
Foster Huntington and friends enjoying his wood-fired hot tub. Image: Foster Huntington

When the time came to park the van up and stay in one place for a while, Foster decided to honour his love of treehouses by realising his childhood dream and building his very own adult version.

 

The treehouses were built in five large Douglas fir trees at his family’s property. The dwelling has three sets of stairs, an observation deck, a rope bridge and two 200 square foot treehouses. The project took a year to complete, and Foster now lives in and works from the treehouses. Based in the Columbia River Gorge, he says that he loves the feeling of remoteness and waking up to the sound of birds singing.

The hammocks in Foster Huntington's tree houses in Oregon. Image: Foster Huntington
The hammocks in Foster Huntington’s tree houses in Oregon. Image: Foster Huntington

Now in his late 20s, Foster works as a social media consultant, freelance photographer and blogger, and his projects have included working with US Cellular on their #MyAnywhere campaign, and being the social media consultant for outdoor clothing brand Patagonia.

One of Foster Huntington's tree houses in Oregon. Image: Foster Huntington
One of Foster Huntington’s tree houses in Oregon. Image: Foster Huntington

He has great plans for his quirky home, including building a studio that will house a motion control system for developing special effects for science-fiction projects. As his unconventional but extraordinary lifestyle proves, Foster believes that it is very important to follow your passion and live it fully every single day.

The interior of one of Foster Huntington's tree houses in Oregon. Image: Foster Huntington
The interior of one of Foster Huntington’s tree houses in Oregon. Image: Foster Huntington