A $3.8million Pismo Beach property has gone viral after one of its homes was featured by a popular social media account Zillow gone wild.
The one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in 765 Canyon Price Road has lots of light and a large patio. Oh, and it happens to be built around a coastal live oak tree.
Photographer Christopher Petro lived in the tree house for a decade before moving to Nipomo in 2019.
“It always felt like this rustic, very inspiring place,” said Petro, who dubbed the one-of-a-kind home “the treehouse.”
Listed by Amy Gallagher of Century 21 Hometown Real Estate in Arroyo Grande, the 6.69-acre property in the Pismo Heights area features five different living units.
In addition to the tree house, there is a large museum with a studio and a one-bedroom apartment; a cabana-style studio with a full bathroom and a shed with a two-bedroom apartment, a studio, and a two-car garage, as listed on Zillow.com.
The main house has two bedrooms, one bath and a quarter with a stone fireplace and a wraparound terrace.
“Each home has a wooded setting and private courtyards and decks amidst this oak-studded lot nestled in a beautiful private coastal canyon,” the listing reads, along with designated parking areas.
There are two RV sites with hookups and “plenty of other RV sites with room to park all your toys,” the listing says.
And these are not the only strong points.
The Zillow listing mentions a “Zen yoga platform…situated beside a seasonal stream nestled in the wooded hillside” and a 60-foot-deep man-made cave perfect for storing wine.
According to the listing, the “amazing coastal canyon retreat” is located “within walking distance of the Pismo Beach Pier and downtown Pismo Beach.”
The property was originally built in the mid-1960s by Tilford Dickerson “Dick” Sheen, according to Sheen’s 2002 obituary.
Sheen built the Good Old Days museum, a small theater and an antique shop in 1964, according to the obituary. Many of these buildings have since been converted into housing.
This property is “non-conforming existing property” that was acquired in the town of Pismo Beach, the Zillow listing says, meaning development of the land would require a rezoning.
Property catches the eye of Zillow Gone Wild
Since the southern San Luis Obispo County property hit the market over a month ago, it has caught the eye of Zillow Gone Wild, which is dedicated to showcasing the most extravagant properties on the market. popular online real estate market Zillow.
“A young couple could really put down roots in a place like this,” one commenter joked.
“You can rent this on Air Bugs ‘n Branches,” said another.
“I hope the buyer has cats,” said another. “That would make them very happy.”
Petro said he was waiting for the moment the internet hit the Pismo Beach treehouse.
“It was really funny,” he said. “I kind of always knew there would be a watershed moment when the stories were really going to come out.”
What’s it like to live in a treehouse?
Petro was a recent Cal Poly graduate when he left to find a new home around 2008.
One Sunday night, after about six months of searching, Petro saw a listing on Craigslist for an “artist studio in a treehouse” in Pismo Beach.
“I immediately messaged the owner and said, ‘Hey, I like this place. Can I come and check it out?'” Petro recalled. told me I had it. And then Wednesday, I moved in.
During the decade he made the treehouse his home, Petro completed college, experienced the deaths of both parents and survived cancer, he said. “There are all these major life events that have been tied to the experience of living in this place.”
He also changed careers become a photographer. a career change he attributes in part to living in such an inspired setting.
“It was like you were still in the middle of nature,” he said, adding that he frequently heard birds, owls and even raccoons living in the tree. “There were cinematic elements to living there.”
Petro has lived on the property for so long that he was able to refer his friends to the landlord when other accommodation in the compound became available for rent.
Him and his friends played murder mystery games in the former Good Old Times museum and regularly hosted group dinners and game nights, he said.
“I was always happy to see people come and entertained a ton when I lived there,” he said.
Petro said he often takes care of his friends’ pets, which presents some challenges when a tree grows inside your house. Cats climbed the branches, he said, while dogs tended to mark the tree.
Although Petro enjoyed living in the Pismo Beach treehouse, he said the setting presented its own set of problems, including fungus, mold and almost constant cold, as it was difficult to isolate members. growing.
Unwanted guests were another issue. Petro had to deal with hundreds of woodlice that entered through the tree.
He said the worst part of living in the treehouse was the windstorms. In February 2014, a sugar pine tree growing on the land cracked and fell, narrowly missing Petro and his home.
The owner quickly removed the remaining trees nearby due to the safety risk during storms, he said.
Yet, he says, “I was happy to have lived there. It was a great chapter in my life. »
According to the Zillow listing, “All units in the property have been renovated” in anticipation of a sale to new owners.
“This property has been in the same family for decades,” the listing reads, “and is truly a unique and rare property that must be seen to be appreciated!”