This incredible treehouse is the most-wished-for Airbnb listing

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This gorgeous treehouse sits in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia, but it looks like it's a
world away.

Peter Bahouth built the treehouse 18 years ago, but it wasn’t
until
AirBnb came about
that he considered sharing it with other
people.

This is Airbnb's most requested listing ever

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“I didn’t really know how I would feel about having people stay
out here,” Bahouth told TODAY Home. “But I began to realize that
people were having these amazing, great experiences and it was
meaningful (to them), and it therefore became meaningful for
me.”

Meaningful, indeed — Bahouth’s treehouse is now AirBnb’s most wished-for
listing in the world
, with over 300,000 site visits per
month and 147,052 people saving it to their Airbnb "wish
lists." It costs $375 a night, enough to stay at a hotel with a
few more amenities, but that doesn't seem to bother the
visitors.

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"It's important to balance your life with some analogue
experience," said Bahouth.

Having held roles as the executive director of Greenpeace USA,
the Turner Foundation and the U.S. Climate Action Network,
Bahouth has established himself as an
environmental activist.

In fact, it was this line of work that led him to build a

treehouse immersed in nature.

“For 30 years I did environmental advocacy,” said Bahouth. “At
the end of the day, you feel you’ve done good work, but what do
you really have to show physically for it.”

Bahouth put his creative pursuits to the test by scouting out
seven trees in his own backyard, and building three connected
treehouses, each with a theme: the mind, body and spirit.

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The bed rolls outside so that guests can look up at the
stars.

He categorizes the houses based on what people typically do in
each, and always begins his tours, which he insists on giving
every AirBnb guest, in “the spirit” area.

“This is the old man — he’s a 165-year-old southern short leaf
pine,” explained Bahouth, gesturing to a majestic tree. “He
watches over the place — he’s got a big, calming influence on
everybody that stays here.”

The tree boasts a wrap-around deck that provides benches and a
hammock so that guests can look up into the green canopy.

Connected by a swinging bridge swathed in twinkle lights,
Bahouth heads to “the body.”

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"I think creativity is really sustaining," said Bahouth. "I
think it really changes the way you feel about things."

This room houses the bed that can roll outside, allowing guests
to quite literally sleep under the stars. Bahouth explained
that summer is one of the best times to stay since the forest
sparkles with lightening bugs in the evenings.

Bahouth refers to “the mind” area of the treehouse as the room that houses the
couch, the deck and the guest book, which has been around since
the very first guests visited.

“People come here and they write and they think,” said Bahouth.
“They leave great stories and they have things happen to them
here. Sometimes, they leave after two days and they just look
different — they look like they just needed to simmer down a
little.”

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The treehouse even has a rope swing that overlooks the creek
below.

Bahouth has learned of his guests’ stories primarily through
their guestbook entries. These entries include people who are
escaping from tragedy, celebrating honeymoons and even those
planning to propose.

The treehouse has also been the site of
wrap parties for casts of “The Hunger Games,” and “Dumb and
Dumber To” — and even a few weddings.

“I’ve tried to understand why it’s been so popular,” said
Bahouth. “I think it’s a simple response to a complicated world
for a lot of people.”

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