$234,300 will buy you the ultimate playhouse

Swings, slides, stage, bridges — what more could a kid want? In other playhouse news, grandma in Georgia can keep pink structure.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Oct 23, 2012 1:34PM

'Castle Dragon' play house (© Barbara Butler)You perhaps are not in the market for a playhouse that costs more than I spent for my first, second, third — well, any house I have bought in the past 30 years (unless you want to count the renovations on that last one).


Then again, none of my houses had a theater stage, lower-level maze (or even a lower level), bridges, swings, slides or climbing bars. You get what you pay for.


The $234,300 Castle Dragon is the ultimate kids’ custom fantasy structure – 790 square feet of redwood painted in bright colors.


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We were alerted to this extreme playhouse by a Wall Street Journal slide show called "The Fully Loaded Mini Mansion," which showcased several fancy kids’ playhouses.

If your budget can’t accommodate the Castle Dragon, you can get a 244-square-foot Victorian with a wrap-around porch, media room and custom hardwood furniture for about $50,000.


The Castle Dragon was created by San Francisco builder Barbara Butler, who has been constructing custom playhouses, tree houses and forts for more than 25 years. Most cost considerably less than $234,300, installed.

She started out building custom decks but got into the playhouse business when a client asked for a custom structure for his kids. She has designed and built for a number of celebrity clients.


According to an article last year in The New York Times, the recession has not dimmed the demand for elaborate kids’ playhouses. "Childhood is a precious and finite thing," Butler told The Times. "And a special playhouse is not the sort of thing you can put off until the economy gets better."

Speaking of playhouses: You might need to check with your homeowners association or your city before you construct one, especially if you plan to use unusual colors.


However, a homeowner in suburban Atlanta did finally get the right to keep her granddaughter’s pink playhouse. Her homeowners association has dropped its suit objecting to the color.


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hospitals have theropy rooms. it looks OK but when he's 13 or so its got to go!
Nov 12, 2012 9:56AM
Ex frequent army flier......The video about the cerebral palsy child is not part of the the Castle playhouse article. Completely seperate stories.
Nov 12, 2012 9:34AM
Nov 12, 2012 9:18AM

OMG are you kidding me  The amount is more than I will take  home in 9.36 yrs.   And I have been working for 43years.   That is disgusting

Nov 10, 2012 7:12PM
That it is used for their child's therapy seems to be lost on most of the comments. 
Nov 10, 2012 6:21PM
It's sad when you have so much money, you feel like you need to pour it down the drain. What could $200,000 do to help people who are poor? I know it's their money, but I follow the Lord Jesus who said "it is more blessed to give than receive." I'm not rich, but I have learned that giving to help others is one of the greatest things I can do with my money. I find that most rich people rarely use their expensive toys.
Nov 10, 2012 10:26AM
I could have built it for a quarter of that cost . How do rich people get rich when they are so easily fleeced . Must be old money . Losers .
Nov 10, 2012 10:20AM

Its their money, and that product gave someone some work. Lumber,

nails, paint, what ever funishing was put in it. The real problem

here isnt even the playhouse its the bully tactic of the HOA's.

HOA's are bunch of busy bodies who like to push people around.

Story after story of grass nazi's, paint color, bush placements,

the war against a flag flown are just a few examples.

When I look for a home that is the first thing I ask is if there is

an HOA if there is, I move on.. HOA wants to make mortgage

payments then they can tell them what I can do with peoples

property otherwise unless there is a safety problem they can just

stick it....

Nov 10, 2012 9:29AM
I don't know, big complicated playhouse like that.  I hope a child is never left alone in it, in case an accident happens.  Get hanged, burned, bones broken or whatever.
Nov 10, 2012 9:17AM
Do I think it's ridiculous to spend that kind of money on a playhouse? Yes.  BUT, it's their money that they worked hard for and they can do whatever they want with it.  So very tired of class warfare.  These people bought a product that supported a business that made money and supported jobs. People spending money is GOOD for the economy, FGS.  The gimme, gimme, gimme people just don't get that do they?
Nov 10, 2012 8:04AM
Sad thing is, this is a tax write off for this wealthy family. But you overly rich keep pointing the finger at the 47% for our economy. 
Nov 10, 2012 7:43AM
Over compensating for a lack of something in that family that money can't buy. Time for a trip to the therapist and Yogi27, get back on your meds.
Nov 10, 2012 4:07AM
And you wonder whats wrong with our economy. ITS PEOPLE LIKE THIS THAT have seperated America. I bet they called it the root of all evil Doll House
Nov 10, 2012 3:27AM

cal684....  your the fking a$$hole!  feed poor people? you ignorant moocher! It's their money, it's their family. They can do whatever they want with it. You are a racist against success! You don't know these people.... they went to school and worked really hard, looks like have a job that they work really hard at, they have a family they love, they look kind, warm hearted people who probably donate to charities and help others. You jealous Fking rich hater. Anyone rich with love, hard work and success infuriates you. You take the time to write a post against them.... you are the scum! you are the one that talks like a real dumb a$$!


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