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Elaborate new Airbnb treehouse takes root near East Atlanta Village

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The elevated, rustic-modern structure allows guests to nest among the trees

Two-story home built on stilts with trees and grass in the foreground.
A project that’s hardly child’s play.
Photography by Bill Hunton

The latest rentable treehouse in this City in a Forest popped up recently near East Atlanta Village, welcoming visitors to settle in and roost a while.

Archimedes’ Nest at the Emu Ranch is a one-bedroom, two-bathroom structure just south of EAV listed on Airbnb by owner Barry Wisebram, a manager for a local wholesale tropical fish and small pet business based. It joins other elevated Airbnb offerings in Buckhead and now East Point.

Named after Wisebram’s pet owl, Archimedes’ Nest features an open floorplan on the first floor, with a living room complete with fireplace and a dining area with a table that seats up to six. The full kitchen includes a wine cooler and pellet ice maker in addition to standard appliances.

In the loft, a queen bed dominates the space, accompanied by a reading nook and built-in ironing center, which the listing states will “help you prepare for a night on the town.”

Step out on the upper deck, where you can relax among the treetops with a morning cup of coffee or enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine.

Open floorplan room with couch in the middle, kitchen table and chairs in the back, and kitchen counters and appliances to the right.
Many windows flood the open floorplan with natural light.

Wisebram began planning the treehouse more than two years ago and finally started construction in June 2018, which was completed in October.

“Since I’ve always had a dream of having a treehouse ever since seeing Swiss Family Robinson as a kid, the idea of building one has been on my mind for a few years,” he says.

“When I saw that Airbnb had some listed, it clicked that building one could be an investment instead of just a folly. This would allow me to offer a stay on my property that was a private space as well.”

Wisebram had already been hosting Airbnb guests for four years, using a room in his residence. He saw the rentals as a way to recoup his investment in his property.

A living area with fireplace, couch, table, area rug, and bench.
A fireplace with built-in shelves dominates the living area.

“I’ve spent 24 years and thousands of dollars developing this [Emu Ranch] property with gardens,” he says. “It hit me that perhaps I could justify all that expense by adding additional income from accommodations.”

Wisebram hopes to expand his offerings in the near future. “Eventually, I plan to add a ‘hobbit house’ in the basement of my garage and turn two of my adjacent properties into nightly rentals as well,” he says.

“This, along with updates to my pathways and the addition of outdoor bird enclosures will make this a destination for people interested in birds and nature.”

Current rates are $250 per night, and the space accommodates two.

Here, a more detailed look at one impressive intown abode in the trees—a childhood dream come to fruition:

A kitchen with table and chairs in the foreground and kitchen counters and appliances in the background.
The kitchen includes scenic views of the trees and gardens.
A sitting area with chair, ottoman, lamp, and basket.
The loft includes a sitting area for reading and relaxing.
Bedroom with queen bed, nightstand, and wall sconces.
The bedroom includes a queen bed and full bathroom.
Deck with gas grill and flower pot on window sill.
The lower deck includes a gas grill.