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Employee perks at some companies include watery coffee all day and maybe a ping-pong table. Employee perks at Amazon will soon include treehouses where engineers commune with nature to refresh their minds and meet in rooms with walls crawling with vines.

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Living in a treehouse is indisputably incredible. Sure, you might be roughing it a little bit, considering there's a climb and the trees are flammable (thus limiting your cooking capabilities). But the views and the experience are unmatched.

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It's nice to be a grandparent, because you can enjoy spending time with your grandkids without worrying about the minutia of parenting. Plus, it's your second go around with little rascals, so you get to have fun with it. Like Steve and Jeri Wakefield, two grandparents who are having so much fun at being awesome grandparents that they built their grandkids this amazing treehouse mansion.

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Birds are awesome. From a distance. Up close they are terrifying, startling creatures that will crap on you and swoop unexpectedly into your face, making you scramble to hit the deck. Now an avian slumlord has created a bird tenement capable of containing 76 birds — and one strange human — at a time.

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Two years ago I told you about Bellavista, the stunning treehouse community in Costa Rica's forests that looks like the Ewoks' village in Endor. They just upgraded it with 7.2mbps 3G access, and now they run 100 per cent on solar power.

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So modern treehouses aren't new, but the designers of this project in New Zealand have crafted something that blends fantastically with its host redwood tree. The fungus or chrysalis-shaped building—take your aesthetic pick—will be a smallish restaurant built by, of all people, the NZ Yellow Pages. It's currently under construction from laminated pine, plantation poplar and redwood thirty feet up a giant tree in a place north of Auckland. Getting there'll be fun when it's finished though: entry is via a 120-foot high treetop walkway. galleryPost('yellowtreehouse', 3, '');