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Fun-loving senior builds yurt treehouse to adorn his “mini-town”
I wish I had half an ounce of this man's creative energy. His two-story treehouse even has an elevator. He rents his nifty spaces to Airbnbers so he can keep meeting fun people.
Rebecca Reid
11.19.21

Why stay just anywhere when you can rent an experience?

Want to stay in a treehouse?

How about a yurt? Or maybe you want to check in to a man-cave for the night?

An Airbnb host by the name of Dan has gone over and above offering his guests a different kind of rental experience.

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Now retired, Dan uses his expertise as an inventor and builder to create original spaces that attract people from all over the world.

It has taken several years for Dan to create his Airbnb rental collection, and he isn’t finished yet.

Now, this is a man cave.

The first space Dan built was his man cave. He wasn’t even thinking about renting it out until a friend suggested he try Airbnb.

He took the friend’s advice but was shocked when he received so much interest.

“Well…much to my surprise and glee, I had lots of people that wanted to rent it.” – Dan told Tiny House Giant Journey

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A miniature town called “Danville”

Of course, Dan had to name it after himself because he built it himself. Dan decided to keep building after his mancave was a success.

His next project would be a mini-town built inside an old airplane hanger. Sounds crazy, right?

Well, it’s adorable and people come from far and wide to rent the space for weddings and events. Complete with a pub and movie theatre, “Danville” is a tiny town that’s loaded with charm.

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Wanna hang with alpacas and goats?

Dan’s got you. His third labor of love was an incredible yurt. The cozy space offers guests yet another experience that they can’t get anywhere else.

Dan realized that he wanted to offer as many experiences as possible for guests to enjoy during their stay.

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Greeting the world without leaving home.

Dan spoke to Tiny House Giant Journey about what keeps him interested in building the Airbnbs.

“What I learned was I was getting to meet some of the most interesting people in the world. So instead of traveling, I have people travel here and I learn about different cultures and different countries. So it makes it an interaction that works very well for me, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to do it.” – Dan told Tiny House Giant Journey

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Why not build a treehouse?

Dan’s next endeavor was to build a 2-story treehouse complete with an elevator. The elevator was painted by a local artist to make it look like a tree stump.

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And it has a hot tub!

The treehouse also features a hot tub built from a piece of an airplane engine. Guests can relax in the 101-degree soaking tub and rest their wine glass on the center table.

There is also an outdoor shower made out of two sheep watering troughs and a covered sitting area that guests can enjoy if it rains.

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Drink and lounge at the Tiki bar.

The Tiki hut creates a perfect spot to chill and relax while grilling out.

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He thought of everything.

With every detail, Dan has truly poured his heart and soul into this space. His creativity and ingenuity are inspiring.

“We tried to make it as comfortable as we could and still have the feel of being in a tree.” Dan told Tiny House Giant Journey

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A peaceful place surrounded by nature.

The treehouse is pure bliss. Along with offering a relaxing stay, the treehouse gives guests a one-of-a-kind experience being out in nature while still offering the comforts of home.

Guests won’t be too hot or cold, the treehouse comes with air conditioning and heating.

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Repurposing old into something truly special.

Dan is now working on a ‘Woodstock’ themed rental space. “You get to sleep in a ’64 Volkswagen bus.” – Dan told Tiny House Giant Journey

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He promises beer for music.

Dan has even built a soundstage for performers to use during their stay.

“If you bring your instrument, I’ll give you a soundstage to work on…we’ll have happy hour there and I’ll buy the beer.” – Dan told Tiny House Giant Journey

Sounds pretty much perfect to me.

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“It has really added to my life experience. As you get older you need activities you need things to do you need focus you need a purpose and this gives me that.” – Dan told Tiny House Giant Journey

Take a tour of Danville in the video below!

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By Rebecca Reid
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Rebecca Reid is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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