Zillow Announced the 2017 House of the Year—and It’s a 5-Story Treehouse

Did we mention it has water views?

If you follow Zillow, you already know it’s a go-to site to peek inside the most incredible homes, whether it’s a shipping container tiny home or Audrey Hepburn’s former residence. Each week, the site features a new house worthy of our admiration on Zillow Porchlight, and at the end of the year, the property with the most votes is crowned the House of the Year. The 2017 winner was recently announced, and this stunning five-story treehouse is upping the bar for #homegoals.

Located on Bainbridge Island, just outside of Seattle, Washington, this three-bedroom, four-bathroom house was built in 1978, and it features lots of reclaimed wood and accents salvaged from ships. Part treehouse, part ship, it combines two fantasy homes into one. When Zillow originally toured the property, it was the home of architect and designer Jason McLennan, but the house was sold for $875,000 this past summer. Take a mini tour of the dream home, below.

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2017 House of the Year

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Photo by Zillow / Photography by Erik Hecht / set decoration Lily Karsten/ plants Bainbridge Botanicals

At first glance, it's easy to see why this towering home nestled in the trees is a favorite among Zillow's followers. 


The Gorgeous Kitchen

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Photo by Zillow / Photography by Erik Hecht / set decoration Lily Karsten/ plants Bainbridge Botanicals

In the kitchen, a 12-foot-long leaded glass window spans one wall, providing a peek of the trees and water just outside. Adjacent doors open up to a patio that boasts views of Puget Sound.


Windows Crafted from Salvaged Portholes

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Photo by Zillow / Photography by Erik Hecht / set decoration Lily Karsten/ plants Bainbridge Botanicals

Some of the home’s windows are repurposed ship portholes, a reflection of the local maritime industry.



A Bedroom Among the Trees

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Photo by Zillow / Photography by Erik Hecht / set decoration Lily Karsten/ plants Bainbridge Botanicals

The fourth and fifth floors of the home both contain bedrooms, each with spectacular water views.


A Room With a View

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Photo by Zillow / Photography by Erik Hecht / set decoration Lily Karsten/ plants Bainbridge Botanicals

The home’s former owner used part of the fifth floor as his private office. Outside the windows, 200-foot-tall cedars and other trees create a lush background to inspire more creative work.