The diversity of design, materials, and  locales we humans inhabit is wonder-full. Here’s a good sampling of the humble, sweet, interesting, weird and gorgeous places we live, including some houses in trees that are way beyond tree-houses..

Where I know, I label place and photographer.  If anyone recognizes something unlabeled or incorrectly labeled, I invite comments.  There are many I would surely visit if only I knew where to go.

Forest House, Efteling, The Netherlands


Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia, USA

Three story tree house, British Columbia, Canada



Dalat, Vietnam


Dalat, Vietnam

Alnwick Garden, Northumberland, UK


Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia, USA

Seven centuries old stone house, Iran

Gaiola Bridge house, Italy. Photo by Maximebermond

Gaudi-designed house, Barcelona, Spain

Banyan tree house on Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Giethoorn, Holland — a roadless village

The bathroom/toilet facility at The Green School in Bali Photo by Faqiang Wu

Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, Lapland, Finland

Brittany, France

Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Deniz Senyesil

Old Mill house in Black Forest, Germany

Maine, USA

Phugtal Monastery, or Gompa, in Ladakh, India

Another wish I knew…

Pierre Cardin’s Bubble House on the Cote d’Azur. Photographed by Mai Linh for Habitat Magazine


Icelandic turfhouse

Legolas house

more wish I knew

Teepee house

A mobile home.


World’s tallest wooden house, 13 floors, 144 feet. Sutyagin House, Arkhangelsk, Russia

Shoe house, Pennsylvania, USA

Tree-house mansion

Rozgirche, Ukraine


Shogawa River Valley, Japan

Tree-house in New Zealand


Hobbit House, Wales

New Zealand

Thanks again to Sam Pryor at pinterest 

and to Amazing Places on facebook

And to Jen H and Jen C.

19 thoughts on “Housing Medley

  1. your photos just make me so more open for my surroundings, looking at all the daily life wonders around us trying to find this special spot, house, landscape….. that makes my place just as interesting

  2. I am always so amazed by the pictures you come up with! There are so many interesting places in the world. (I really like the fancy chicken coop 🙂 )

  3. Human activities are centered around food, shelter and clothing.
    From cave to bubble house by Pierre Cardin is the progress one can see in these montage. Local materials , difficult terrain and visualization and execution of the same takes courage in adverse and daunting circumstances to create shelter can be seen in the Phugal Monastery/Gompa and Katambo and ingunity in finding sheter in tree hose in Dalat, Viet Nam are the examples.
    Great collection,Dusky. Thanks.

  4. I know this is an old blog but……….Picture 29 Drina River near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia

  5. Photo no. 20 down from the top (The one with the shaggy grass roof) is the bathroom/toilet facility at The Green School in Bali

  6. Thanks for the info. I’ve fixed the label and appreciate you taking the time to let me know. You must have been there, I’m guessing.

  7. Really pretty places! Thanks for putting this together. A couple things: I think “house pryor 5” is the Aescher cliff restaurant in Appenzell, Switzerland: Also, it looks like one place is duplicated (“three story treehouse British Columbia” and “Legolas House”). And I think the second picture is actually a photo manipulation (from But they’re all gorgeous. That oceanside house with the glass roof (3rd from end) would be amazing to live in.

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  9. Jessie,
    Thanks for all the info and also for noticing the duplicate. I don’t know why I didn’t see your comments until now as I’m getting ready to put up another post about houses. I’ve fixed everything you’ve suggested except left the one that is probably photoshopped, I agree. 🙂

  10. I believe picture no. 29 is the Drina River near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia in low water conditions. Love this site!

  11. The house on the Rock (second image down) has been photoshopped. The Rock is at James Bond island in Thailand and the house has been photoshopped onto it. Thanks!

  12. Photo #61 (with the lazing dogs and cat) is undoubtedly South Coast BIG SUR , California. Never been to this exact spot, but think I have overlooked the building from above, on Highway 1, years ago – always tried to find it again … but I have been in several similar abodes throughout Big Sur (from North to South coast) – it immediately screamed “BIG SUR, welcome home” …so many stylistic, artistic and architectural hallmarks inherent in the bohemian building there over some 60 + years are all evident in the structure. …would be approx. 15 to 20 miles South of Nepenthe if it is the one I over-viewed as a child.

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