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8 Incredible American Castles To Visit This Summer

Most medieval castles were constructed between the 10th and 17th centuries, long before Europeans settled America. Even today, it’s easy to find castles dotting the European landscape, many of them still occupied by families who have lived there for generations. But America doesn’t need to feel too left out. While Europe indeed has a monopoly on culturally and historically rich castles, these American castles are still pretty incredible.

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Life Inside A Tiny Parisian Apartment

What would you be willing to put up with in order to live in Paris? Maybe several flights of stairs and a living space about the size of a large closet? If that’s the case, then this diminutive domicile is just for you. With an area of only 86 square feet, this is without a doubt one of the tiniest homes in Paris. And yet, it’s entirely functional. Which is to say, its size scarcity won’t lead you to the brink of insanity and then push you over the edge.

Take a tour of the petite abode with Kitoko Studio, the masterminds behind the apartment’s functionality-minded renovation, and see if this sort of lifestyle is for you.

TreeHouse Point: The Treetop Getaway For Grown-Ups

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Whether you’re a kid at heart, a kid in actuality or just someone who always wanted to live like an Ewok, you’ll understand the “primordial magic of treehouses.” So says the preface to a 2013 New York Times interview with Pete Nelson, a former house builder who now plies his trade slightly above ground level.

Nelson founded a treehouse design and supply firm in the 1990s before opening his own honest-to-goodness treehouse hotel in 2006. The hotel, TreeHouse Point, features six treehouses spread over four acres of forest in Issaquah, Washington.

Given the hotel’s uniqueness and all-around awesomeness, reservations have become increasingly hard to come by. While you may not be able to book one of TreeHouse Point’s arboreal abodes for this year’s summer vacation, you can at least get a taste of treehouse living and learn its surprising ins and outs in the gallery below:

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Robert Bruno’s Home With A Snout

For most of us, a 23-year project sounds more like a punishment than it does an opportunity to explore your creativity. And yet for architect Robert Bruno, that’s exactly what his steel house is. Located in Lubbock, Texas, the former sculptor began making his home in 1973, adding layers bit by bit for nearly two and a half decades.

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