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Live out your childhood dreams in this luxury treehouse

by Melissa Allison / / Source: Zillow

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When Sue Atkinson first visited the secluded 5.3-acre site just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, she and her husband thought it was on too steep a slope for the house they envisioned.

"He said the road to get in here would be unbelievable," Atkinson recalled. But they found another road that accessed the site — and now the property features an unbelievable home.

Shannon Fontaine / Courtesy of Zillow

The five-level home measures more than 7,000 square feet and uses a triangular, cantilevered design and an abundance of glass walls and skylights that make it appear like a treehouse, inside and out. It's listed for $3.5 million.

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"We had a vacation house in Monteagle, Tennessee where there were a lot of trees, and we wanted it to be like that," said Atkinson, whose husband, Marvin Runyon, was a postmaster general in the 1990s.

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Her favorite parts of the house are its two-story living room and a fourth-floor bedroom-library combination, all with views of the trees. Her office is on the same level and overlooks the first floor.

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The home has three bedrooms, five bathrooms, reclaimed heart-of-palm wood floors and a spacious gym/dance studio.

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An elevator leads to the master level, where the suite opens onto an indoor sunroom balcony with a hot tub and swing.

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The listing is held by Sue Chilton of Zeitlin & Co. Realtors.

Photos: Chris Little and Shannon Fontaine

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