This Chic Five-Story Treehouse Just Became Zillow's 2017 House Of The Year

It has water views and is made with salvaged ship parts.

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Every year, tens of thousands of Zillow readers weigh in on house of the year and this five-story treehouse took the top place for 2017 with nearly 2,500 votes, beating out a mid-century modern mansion in L.A. and the oldest residence in Charleston.

Up until recently, this three-bedroom, four-bathroom home on Bainbridge Island, just outside Seattle, Washington, belonged to Jason McLennan, a designer and environmentalist who worked on Leonardo DiCaprio’s soon-to-open eco-friendly resort in Belize.

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“It really spoke to me. It’s really connected to the environment around it,” McLennan told Zillow about the Washington home surrounded by 200-foot-tall cedars. “It has great views, great light and it has all these different levels. You can really find a space that fits your mood.”

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Built in 1978 by another architect, William Isley, the living space is anchored by four salvaged wood posts, which McLennan believes to be old-growth Douglas fir that's over 100 years old.

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The second level is home to the living room, while the ground floor leads to an outdoor pond.

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Other salvaged elements of the house include windows made from repurposed ship portholes and brass doorknobs from an old sailing vessel.

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The kitchen features a 12-foot-long antique leaded-glass window and a patio with Puget Sound views.

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The master bedroom has a private sun room attached to it.

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Zillow/Erik Hecht

The fourth and fifth floors have more bedrooms, including one that McLennan used as a home office recently to write books and design buildings.

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“It’s just nature’s paradise,” McLennan said. “Everything is nestled in the trees, so the trees are intact and the ecosystem is intact. You do feel like you’re in a special place when you’re there.”

The home recently sold over the summer for $875,000.

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