Fire Lookout Tower House


(L) Fire Tower home in western Montana,
photo: Heidi Long and Gravity Shots; More at Timber Home Living
(R) Fire lookout tower in western Poland. Image: Mohylek [Wikipedia]

Imagine a house in the forest - you're surrounded by trees and wildlife with no neighbors for miles. The view is simply stunning. The downside: bringing all those bags of groceries up the neverending flights of stairs!

Well, this may be the perfect house for some (very fit) people: old fire lookout towers converted into modern homes!

If location, location and location are what drive your visions of a dream tree house design or luxury hillside wood home then look no further: fire towers that once served vital protective services to natural forests are becoming increasingly used for new purposes including mountaintop homes with incredible views.

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I've rented a couple of these before, in the Oregon Cascades. It was a blast, possibly because the lookout we had (Fall Mountain, 5,949 feet) was adjacent to a sort of satellite tower which provided it with electricity. It was pretty nice to have electric lights, a stove, and an electric wall heater to keep away the chill. Even staying there on Memorial Day, we had a snowstorm. Another plus was the ability to drive up to the very base of it with a truck and not have to hike in! I completely recommend it, as the views were outstanding, and you really get a feeling for how weather systems move through the mountains.
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The idea of living that far away from everything sounds appealing to me but the practicality of actually doing it does not. No electricity, no communication, no running water, not to mention if you have some kind of emergency. A weekend get away sure, but not for more than that.
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The site worked for me, but didn't show anything about the inside of the houses or how the conversions were made. Would have loved to have read about that.

And yeah, living in peaceful solitude would be nice. Except for my fear of heights. That part would be kinda sucky.
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