Tree house guy, Pete Nelson, tapped for reality show

July 16, 2013

When Animal Planet was developing a reality show about building tree houses, producers knew there was only one person suited to be their host — Tree House Guy Pete Nelson.

Renowned locally for the five tree houses that make up Tree House Point in Fall City, Nelson has been creating the designer nature retreats for more than 25 years.

Courtesy of Animal Planet Pete Nelson, of Preston, stands on the bridge to the Treehouse Taphouse that his crew from Nelson Treehouse and Supply constructed for an Ohio family.

Courtesy of Animal Planet
Pete Nelson, of Preston, stands on the bridge to the Treehouse Taphouse that his crew from Nelson Treehouse and Supply constructed for an Ohio family.

Nelson built his first tree house with his dad when he was 5. With more than 200 of the structures under his belt, the head of Nelson Treehouse and Supply initially balked at the idea of appearing on television.

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Preston tree houses for grownups offer Tarzan-style luxury lodging

July 2, 2011

A rope bridge leads to the Temple of the Blue Moon, the largest treehouse at Treehouse Point. By Christopher Huber

The croaking frogs and fresh granola seemed to do it for Stephanie Cusick and Gregory Roper during their recent stay at Treehouse Point, a bed and breakfast near Issaquah. It could have been the quiet strolls through trails that ran along hundreds of feet of riverfront and acres of heavy forest, too.

The couple’s first stay at Treehouse Point — they celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary — was so refreshing and tranquil that they decided to book a summer overnight stay among the trees along Preston-Fall City Road.

“It seems like the perfect setting,” Cusick, of Seattle, said after her stay at the bed and breakfast May 17. “It’s rustic, but in a very elegant way.”

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Preston venue brings new shows to town

May 4, 2010

Pete Nelson knows that on any given weekend, Seattle has a stellar selection of live entertainment to choose from. He had the idea that since such acts are already performing nearby, why not get them to perform during the week at one of the Eastside’s burgeoning venues — Treehouse Point in Preston.

Off the beaten path of Preston-Fall City Road, far above the ground are Nelson’s two completed treehouses, the first of 10 he plans to open as bed and breakfast places for the adventuresome.

“We’re not musicians, but we love live music. Thus, a passion was born,” he said.

While he works out the permitting process with King County, the main, landlocked bed and breakfast is open and has been serving as a venue for live entertainment.

In the main house, he and his wife Judy host private shows that hold about 40 people. The bigger, “pond room,” which they’ve opened up for public performances, holds up to 100 in the audience.

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