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The Dallas Treehouse

An Unexpected Retreat Just Minutes from the City

Article by Stephanie Hasbrouck

Photography by Robert Tsai Photography

Originally published in Cross Timbers Lifestyle

Tucked behind lush greenery in the heart of Little Forest Hills stands a home that would be the envy of Thoreau. With its warm, rustic elegance amid a fairytale botanical setting, it is no wonder that the Dallas Treehouse is one of the most sought-after vacation homes in the state of Texas. 

Located just one mile from the Dallas Arboretum and minutes away from White Rock Lake, the Dallas Treehouse is the perfect staycation for art and nature enthusiasts.

The home was constructed in 1988 as an artist studio and transformed over the years. Danielle and Scott Kaserman purchased the home in 2013 and lived there for four years before offering it as a vacation destination.

“The living room with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and the loft were the original structure. The owner we purchased the Treehouse from added on the atrium/entryway, primary bedroom suite, kitchen, dining room and front patio. A labor of love carefully spending over 13 years to build and design the space incorporating the garden,” Danielle says.

When the Kasermans decided to move from the home, they didn’t want to sell it to a single owner. Instead, they wanted many to experience its beauty.

“We strongly felt that the house should be shared with others to give a different perspective of what home can be while also providing peace, connection and relaxation to anyone who came to experience a unique stay,” Danielle says.

Part of the wonder of the home is its seamless transition from structure to garden.

“The garden and house truly interact throughout the year with the ever-changing palette of the tree canopy and garden,” Danielle says. “As the Japanese Maples bloom in spring and change again in the fall with brilliant colors of orange and red. In summer, the garden is extremely green and lush to the point where you aren’t able to see the house from the street view.”

Winding gravel paths and a footbridge over Ash Creek lead to the Treehouse entry. Once inside, natural elements fill the space – celebrating its surroundings.

“There are layers and layers of natural elements – stone, limestone, different types of wood, cinder blocks – used, and many are repurposed materials,” Danielle explains. “The stone in the living room was originally in Clint Murchison Jr.’s pool house; the grey wood you see in the doorways and around windows was originally the SMU bleachers; hardware used on drawers in the kitchen and primary bathroom sinks are old USPS mail chutes.”

The style of the home blends Bauhaus contemporary and rustic elements to create a comfortable and enchanting setting. Each décor piece was thoughtfully chosen for the space – especially the art.

“The blue Matisse print in the living room was purchased at the Rodin Garden Museum in Paris. This is a very special piece to us, as it commemorates our trip where Scott proposed to me,” Danielle says. “The water lily painting up in the primary bedroom and the clay sculptures around the house were all done by my husband, Scott.”

The Treehouse has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and sleeps four.  With a large, jetted tub in the primary bathroom and a beautiful kiva fireplace in the living room, the setting is ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway.

The Dallas Treehouse is more than just a destination. It truly is an experience.

“Lighting changes and the house becomes magical at different times of day whether it’s sunshine dancing onto the stone wall in the living room during the golden hour at around 3 p.m., listening to the stream on the front porch, sitting by the fire when evening comes along, the Dallas Treehouse is truly magical!”

To learn more about the Dallas Treehouse, visit and follow @thedallastreehouse on Instagram.