A few weeks ago, the New York Times featured this article on high-end playhouses, and it made my jaw drop, so I just had to share...
This post is simply for pure entertainment... enjoy!
A custom-built, $50,000 playhouse for a 4 year-old, built in the same Cape Cod style as the expansive main house, in Houston, Texas. At 170 square feet, the two-story playhouse has vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, a faux fireplace with mosaic mantel, and furnishings scaled down to two-thirds size. The kitchen is well equipped with a stainless steel sink with running water and matching stainless steel fridge and freezer, fully stocked with juice boxes and popsicles. The upstairs sitting area has a 32-inch flat screen TV for watching DVD's from the child-size sofa and chairs. And don't worry, there are screens to keep out bugs, as well as air conditioning to keep you comfortable.
Ummmmm, WOW, really?
Here's another one, located in the Santa Ynez Mountains, outside of Santa Barbara, CA:
A multi-level house incorporating three trees into its complex design, which features a trap door, a swinging extension bridge, and winding stairs. The gabled roof is made of corrugated tin, with hand-carved rafters and beams in the interior, and shatter-resistant laminated glass windows. A zip-line connects the "main" playhouse to a second, fort-like structure with carved finials and flagpoles, as well as a rock wall, a firefighters' pole, and a slide.
All this for around $248,000!
Who knew?! According to the NYT article, there are a number of companies and independent craftsmen that make high-end playhouses, which can cost as much as $200,000 and come in styles ranging from playhouses that match the real "main" house, or more imaginative creations such as pirate ships, treetop hideouts, and fairy tale cottages. Surprisingly, even with our current economy, one playhouse designer claims that her sales are up 40 percent this year. Furthermore, she claims that the average price her clients are paying for a playhouse has more than doubled, from $26,000 to $54,000. And... get ready to LOL... her quote explains it all, saying, "Childhood is a precious and finite thing, and a special playhouse is not the sort of thing you can put off until the economy gets better." HAHAHA, yeah, okay...
If you are wondering how/where you can get a playhouse like this for your precious little one, check out the article: Child's Play, Grown-Up Cash. At the end of the article, there is a list of "custom builders".
Well, I'm hoping the $100 Little Tykes plastic playhouse from Toys R Us will work for my family; I don't think the HOA in my neighborhood would allow one of these ostentatious structures anyway ;-)
Source: The New York Times, Kate Murphy
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