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9-Year-Old Builds And Manages Treehouse Airbnb

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For 9-year-old Eli, his “dream treehouse” began as a piece of plywood where he could shoot Nerf guns from. Now, it’s an Airbnb where he and his mom raise money for charity.

When Eli told his mom he wanted a treehouse, she used it as a learning opportunity: She invested $200 into his business of selling glitter bombs and other fun trinkets at a local store. For three years he worked at his business and asked for no presents for Christmas or birthdays — he wanted 2x4s or money to go toward his treehouse! He paid back his mom and invested $6,000 into his Airbnb.

Now Eli’s dream is a reality, and he actually manages the Airbnb, helping with clean-up, greeting guests, and making sure the place is ready for the next vacationers. Check out his masterpiece below!

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9-Year-Old’s 17×17 Tree House w/ Kitchen & Bath

The couch/futon turns into the main sleeping area.

Beautiful laminate flooring and the tree comes right through the floor!

TV and electric fireplace to keep you warm.

That awesome chunky ladder leads to the loft.

The mini kitchen has all you need.

There are two twin beds in the loft.

Looks like such a fun spot for kids!

The tree house features lots of playground equipment.

Enjoy coffee with a woodland view.

Oh and the hosts have chickens!

Tiled shower in the bathroom.

Flush toilet! All the amenities in this tree house.

Eli’s Treehouse is such a special place!

It’s located in North Carolina.

And yes, there’s a slide!


The treehouse has one full bed on the main level that doubles as a couch. You simply take the cover off and the couch unfolds. Upstairs in the loft are two twin beds, super comfortable and brand new as well, that are suitable for kids and adults under about 175 pounds or less than 5″6 foot tall. The total space is about 17 x 17 and is on our 5 acre property in the woods from our main house. You can walk further into the woods to be private and/or enjoy the yard closer to the house with the play equipment.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Brenda Foster
    August 23, 2021, 9:27 am

    Everything about it looks wonderful. I applaud mom for supporting his dream, and being part of it. Turning it into a fundraiser and becoming self-sufficient is great. A little entreprenuer at such a young age. Like the idea that he included things for kids and adults. I was nervous to see the slide up so high and no rails, but other than that, it has my thumbs up all the way. Keep up the good work, Eli…and mom too. Brenda

  • Linda Baker
    August 23, 2021, 1:33 pm

    Gotta love a kid with a vision be and s parent willing to help make it a reality

    • James D.
      August 23, 2021, 2:23 pm

      Also the will and determination to totally focus on this goal for over 3 years, saving materials and money until he had enough to make this happen… Really inspirational…

      There was a similar story in 2015 when a 9 year old girl built a tiny home for homeless man named Edward, having grown up with a contractor grandfather, building for most of her life with home projects she did with her mom, etc. and knowing how to design.

      Another story was posted on this site in 2017 with a 11 year old boy who built a tree house…

      While as amazing as these stories are, some are even more impressive like the story of Akrit Jaswal, who became the world’s youngest surgeon at 7 and has a 146 IQ…

      There’s definitely a number of extraordinary and gifted young people who will one day change the world…

    • Natalie C. McKee
      August 25, 2021, 9:46 am


  • Marsha Cowan
    August 23, 2021, 7:41 pm

    Amazing story. A heart of gold in a kid so young. Beautiful treehouse! You got my vote for president. Keep up the good work and God bless.

  • Diane Berry
    August 24, 2021, 7:08 am

    Awesome! One of the best I have seen so far_ n I am looking all the time!

  • Eric
    August 25, 2021, 3:33 pm

    Holy C**p! 9 years old and he built that!!! My father was a carpenter by trade and “I” couldn’t even swing a hammer with an accuracy. I doff my (virtual) hat off to him.

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