San Francisco builder Barbara Butler makes childhood fantasies come to life with her magical play houses. Seeming sprung from the pages of Alice in Wonderland, they boast whimsical features such as turrets, rock-climbing towers, flying bridges and sliding trap doors. Butler’s star-studded client list includes Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, and more. The structures range from small, cozy cabins to big tree houses to large play forts complete with monkey bars, rope swings, bridges—anything the imagination can dream up. Click through to see a few of our favorites!

Castle Court, Woodside 

And fully built, carefully tucked behind trees to remain secret. "The drawbridge leads to the castle and the courtyard. The main structure is a dodecagon—a 12-sided building. Nestled in an opening in a grove of trees, you can barely see the structure until you are right there!" says artist Barbara Butler.


Barbara Butler Luxury Playhouses & Treehouses
Phone: 415-864-6840


Photo credit: Teena Albert, Barbara & Suzanne Butler

– Mireille Schwartz