For reasons far too boring to go into here, we recently had a big tree cut down in our backyard. My 5 year old son assessed the newly open space and immediately suggested that we fill it with a playhouse. Not a bad idea, right? I always longed for a wooden outdoor playhouse when I was a kid. Our neighbors across the street had an awesome one and we were allowed to go play over there whenever we wanted, as their kids were in high school and had no use for it but still. It wasn’t the same as having my own miniature house in my backyard. Something with window boxes, perhaps. For tea parties. Or sleepovers.
Anyway, I decided to check into playhouse and see what they cost. I was prepared to commit a few hundred bucks to this project since I want something that will last long enough for both kids to get years of enjoyment out of it. No toddler-scaled plastic structures or cheap cardboard – something sturdy that my husband or I could squeeze into in the event that were invited in. I typed “wooden playhouses” into Google and WHOA! Talk about a retail education. Yeah, you can get a nice looking wood playhouse from Costco for $300. You can also get a 50 foot wooden fort from a custom builder for $115,000. No, that price isn’t a typo. Yes, that’s more than my bachelors degree cost.
If you want to see 10 of the most outrageous playhouses I’ve ever seen, click on through!
10 Outrageous Playhouses 1 of 11Check out these outrageous playhouses for kids!
Club Med 2 of 11This Mediterranean villa literally looks like something you'd see on House Hunters International.
Purchase from Posh Tots for $50,000
Mini Me 3 of 11You can get a playhouse made to look just like your real house (Note: Playhouse pictured may be bigger than my real house).
Purchase from Posh Tots - Call for Pricing
Kooky Shack 4 of 11Take your kids through the looking glass into this kooky crooked house.
Purchase from Kids Crooked House - Call for Pricing
Cotton Candy Manor 5 of 11This amazing playhouse actually has a balcony that will hold kids!
Purchase from Lilliput Play Homes for $9,899
Neighborhood Market 6 of 11This is good. Your kids can open the store and recoup some of the costs of buying it.
Purchase from Lilliput Play Homes for $5,699
Cozy Cabin 7 of 11This colorful cottage is small enough to fit on your deck.
Purchase from Barbara Butler for $3,990
Storm the Ramparts! 8 of 11This fort will actually come in handy if we're ever invaded by barbarian hordes.
Purchase from Barbra Butler for $115,590
Pretty In Pink 9 of 11This Victorian style mansion would look at home among San Francisco's Painted Ladies!
Purchase from WayFair for $4,229
??? 10 of 11I'm not even sure what to make of this. I guess you can have a nice tea party in it but…yeah, I dunno.
Purchase from WayFair for $7,500
Little House on the Prairie 11 of 11This may actually be nicer than the house where Laura and Mary Ingalls lived!
Purchase from Homeplace Structures - Prices vary By Size