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The 7 most amazing treehouse rentals worth the drive from L.A.

Live out your childhood dreams in these treehouses near L.A., including rustic cabins and swanky suites

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Itching to get out of town? Ready to brave the elements while glamping (we're kidding, this is California, honey)? In lieu of a mundane hotel with its corridors and carpet, why not try an Instagram-worthy wood panneled treehouse on Airbnb? Maybe it’s because living in a treehouse is a childhood dream made real (some of these have slides and poles), or perhaps we have some deep-rooted desire to get in touch with nature on a level we rarely get to these days. Either way, we love the idea of having our living quarters suspended in the sky. Breathing in good oxygen, smelling nice foresty smells... 

This roundup of the best treehouse rentals includes approximate drive times from L.A., but we all know the time of day can majorly impact traffic patterns. Some of them happen to be close to San Jose and Fremont too, if that's easier. After all, an escape from the concrete jungle and spend some quality time in nature can help lower your stress level and boost your mood, so why spoil that!

Unlike your childhood treehouse, you won’t have to worry about pesky parents interrupting playtime to tell you dinner’s ready. But some of these treehouse rentals do come with breakfast prepared by the host, or a full kitchen to prepare your own food. Because of their intentionally remote locations, it’s best to pack some snacks and drinks to have on hand at these treehouses. Though one is basically on a hotel's site.  

If you share our dream of treehouse living, check out our list of some of the best Airbnb rentals worth the drive from L.A. that will surely make your friends jealous. Oh, and happy adventuring!

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7 amazing treehouse rentals within driving distance of L.A.

This backyard hangout is just a stone's throw from L.A. – a pretty heft throw, but still, it's pretty close given how otherwordly and secluded the treehouse will feel one inside. The multi-level treehouse contains a rooftop patio which is tucked among the branches, inside it's plush lovely nice looking wood that we reckon smells like living inside a box of pencil shavings. You’ll also welcome the roomy double bed and small (let's go with cosy) kitchen inside. There's a private bathroom detached from the house. To get back to the ground quickly, opt for the twisty yellow slide. Good in an emergency, good when you're bored. Ideal. No walking up it though, even though we know you want to. 

You can live a life in the trees from $136 per night, and you're just 45 minutes from LA. 

Built by a stained glass artist, this treehouse has its main tree growing directly through the living area (and another through the bathroom!). There’s a comfy high-bed, kitchen with a small stove and refrigerator, a full bathroom with a shower and toilet, and a gas stove for heating, along with a TV and DVD player. There’s also a 103-degree hot tub on the premises for late night or early morning soaks. And yes, you're a little while from LA (five hours) but equally, you're not at all far from the sea, from San Jose, and therefore by extension Fremont and San Francisco. A West-coast world of choice. At the time of writing, there's some (but not a lot) of free slots, so get on it if this sounds like utter paradise to you! 

This leafy abode is 5 hours from L.A. and starts at $155 per night

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A midcentury treehouse? Ridiculous, perfect, we’re in love. It's hard not to be. The open kitchen, sweeping views and stylish furniture are far more dream house than rustic cabin, but there are still plenty of treehouse vibes with two levels of walkways to reach the home and a hammock on the patio. It’s easily the priciest pick on our list, but the three bedrooms help cushion the cost a little bit – between six of you you'll be alright to enjoy this guilt-free. Trees emit oxygen, and this place is as restorative a bit of fresh air as you'll find just about anywhere. 

This bit of serenity is 5.5 hours from L.A.; and starts from $981 per night (between as many as six of you). 

With sweeping views of Silicon Valley and a pair of lofted beds, this spot feels like the backyard clubhouse you always wanted to build and only finally built when you had become very successful (and even more tasteful). Wind up the spiral staircase and you’ll find tons of windows here, plus a full bathroom and kitchenette. There's windows everywhere so it's as light as it is tranquil. Alum Rock and San Jose are in the distance, if you fancy a hike. 

This quaint spot is 5.5 hours from L.A. and starts at $355 per night. 

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This Santa Cruz property really emphasizes the “house” part of treehouse. Inside the two-room suite, which includes locally-sourced breakfasts from its B&B host, you’d easily mistake it for a comfy farmhouse. But it’s wholly unique from the outside, where it’s suspended 14 feet off the ground in a ring of redwoods. There's seats out there, you can sit and marvel at what feels like a pine forest on your balcony (because it is one!!). Images suggest some nice animals live in close proximity too, so there's something to look forward to! There's a "wake up tray" delivered daily which you hoist up via basket, and a "full farm breakfast". It doesn't get better. 

 

This fairytale setting is 5 hours and 45 min. from L.A. and starts at $422 per night. 

This cozy treehouse isn’t entirely secluded, but it’s definitely a retreat that'll take you out of ordinary hustle and bustle with eaas. The treehouse is actually a signature suite at the larger Danehill Manor resort. You’ll find a queen bed plus a private bathroom and shower in your mid-tree abode, but there are plenty of other amenities on the rest of the reservoir-front property, including dining experiences, horsemanship, dog training, massages, yoga and meditation (all for an extra cost) arguably, it's the perfect mix of treehouse, natural, luxury and the convenience and pampering of a nice hotel. You won't need to leave the area, though given you're basically on the Nicasio Reservoir, go check that out. 

This dream is 6.5 hours from L.A. and starts from $725 per night. 

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This little treehouse sits on a 10-acre family farm, which means waking up with the roosters before strolling the orchard to collect fresh eggs. Though the house isn’t built into an actual tree, it sits suspended nine feet up in a grove of orange and avocado trees—does it get more California dreamy than that? The smells, the SMELLS! The patio is spacous too, so there's plenty of opportunity for soaking up the sun here. 

For the kid in you, there’s a pole to slide down (or dance on, hehe) and a basket hoist for transporting eggs and fruit up to your abode. And for the adult in you that needs to relax, ask about the professional massage therapist on-call. Go on. You're living in a treehouse now, just go all out on that relaxation. 

Small but mighty, this is a mere 1 hour from L.A; coming in at $214 per night. 

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So you want to get away—really get away—from L.A. Thankfully, these secluded Airbnbs should do the trick. We’ve scoured the region for some spots where you’ll find peace and quiet, and plenty of open space that’s second maybe only to camping. And maybe the most magical quality: They’re all within a three-hour drive of L.A., and none will maroon you in the middle of nowhere.

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