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Houses in the trees in Geneva

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:31 p.m. CDT
(Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Christie and Mark Mortimer in front of their house in Geneva, which was built in 1978. The home was built on pylons and is completely off the ground, similar to a treehouse.

GENEVA – Who would have thought there would be any tree houses in Geneva – that is, houses on pylons up in the trees – let alone three in a row and two for sale?

Yet, that was just the case at 201, 205 and 211 Oakwood Drive in the city. The latter two are for sale with contracts pending, said Joyce Courtney of HomeCourt Real Estate, who listed the tree house at 205 Oakwood.

“It’s very unusual, especially for our area, which is relatively flat,” Courtney said. “It’s a very unusual situation because of the contour of the land. You look out the back and see this hill of trees, and you just don’t realize you are in Geneva.”

Christie Allen Mortimer, who owns the tree house at  211 Oakwood, said she and her husband fell in love with it.

“We both love tree houses and were overwhelmed by the idea of living in one full time,” Mortimer said. 

They spent four years fixing it up, but are in the process of selling it for a larger house, Mortimer said.

The house originally was built in 1976 for Ralph and Lucille Little, who still live in Geneva.

“We loved it there,” Lucille Little said. “It was a fun house.”

Little said people thought the lot was unbuildable, but then she found a book called “Hippie Houses” and got the idea to have it built.

“It was a great fun house and we loved having the woods all around it,” Little said. “But as we got older – it was three stories – we thought we better start looking for senior housing.”

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