Portland treehouse: swanky Hobbit pad

PeaceLove sez, "The beautiful Wilkinson residence in Portland is a really swanky pad for superrich Hobbits. I haz major wantage."
Located on a flag lot, a steep sloping grade provided the opportunity to bring the main level of the house into the tree canopy to evoke the feeling of being in a tree house. A lover of music, the client wanted a house that not only became part of the natural landscape but also addressed the flow of music. This house evades the mechanics of the camera; it is difficult to capture the way the interior space flows seamlessly through to the exterior. One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior. One example is a natural wood ceiling, floating on curved laminated wood beams, passing through a generous glass wall which wraps around the main living room.
Wilkinson Residence (Thanks, Peacelove!)


  1. Man, the guy’s webserver is already gasping for breath, clutching its chest. Even posting in the middle of the night isn’t safe.

  2. Oh man, that is extremely cool. How’d you like to have your friends over for a cook-out on *that* patio!

    Plus, I got to learn what a “flag lot” is.

    1. A flag lot’s typically one where a house is built on a lot behind another one. The house in front is on the street; the house in back has a (long) driveway for access – picture the (long) driveway being the pole and the house being the flag.

      Of course, this house is anything but typical.

      Google it for interior shots – it seems to be famous. (For example, here and here.)

    1. Check that – there are Hobbitesque cyllindrical features to the home. No doubt a hobbit guest could be made to feel comfortable :) @Godot – thank you for that alternative link.

  3. Eccentric house designs generally don’t work for me. Cool at first glance but showy and odd after that.

    But this is really outstanding. I’d love to live in that.
    I get the LOTR reference: organic curviness.

  4. Unlike Mr. Frodo, this place needs a re-do on the interior decorating. Those couches are hideous, to say the least.

    1. WOOKIEES! Wookiees would live in a house like his. Not Hobbits.

      Hobbit Wookies? Hairy bald-headed pipe-smokers of average height, prone to open-mouthed yawning?

      Anyway, about the house — anyone have a link to a video walkthrough? Hint, hint, Mr. and Mrs. Owner.

  5. I’ve alway called it the Habitrails house. From certain angles you expect to see hampsters living in there

  6. One of the elective classes I took in high school was Science Fiction (also covering fantasy). It hadn’t occurred to me that this would involve all the joy of my favorite genres of fiction, sucked dry by the traditional crap you have to do in school. Every few days we’d have a quiz on basic details of the stories to confirm whether we had read the assignments, then we’d discuss the books in class. There were probably tests that covered a slightly higher level of discussion than this rote memorization of character names and details, but I can’t remember.

    Anyhow, yeah, Cory and/or PeaceLove would have missed a point on The Hobbit quiz. Ewoks maybe, or Frank Lloyd Writhulilien the Wood Elf, but Hobbits not so much.

  7. Wow. Now THAT is an ugly house. I could see if it was built in the late 70s or early 80s, but being built this century? Wow. I do like the copper plating though.

  8. What makes this a Hobbit house? Are the ceilings 5′ tall? Hobbits like to live under the ground. This seems like more of an Elf house.

  9. hey guys, please help, is this a hobbit house or an elf house? I’m confused, the article says hobbit but like five of you said elf. so, i figure if we could just get two or more people to say it’s an elf house i think i’ll understand. i am assuming you’re people and not elves or hobbits.

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