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Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — An Illinois man has listed quite the stay-over spot on popular booking site a treehouse. But now, it’s sparked a bigger debate on size limits for the structures more often used by children.

According to the airbnb listing, the “romantic” treehouse rents for $195 per night, includes wireless Internet, a microwave, high-definition cable with HBO and a private shower, among other amenities.

The Chicago Tribune reported the treehouse belongs to Dan Alexander, of Schaumburg, Ill.

“This is a real treehouse,” the post also reads, “not a stilt house, so in a strong wind the treehouse will gently rock much like a sailboat at anchor in a safe harbor.”

The treehouse can house two people and has a “Real Bed.” (The post’s own words.)

Now Schaumburg is wondering if the structure poses a problem for the town.

The Chicago Tribune reports city officials are now debating whether they should limit the size of treehouses.

“The regulations aren’t to impose anything strict or structural … but just to kind of put some reasonable standards,” Julie Fitzgerald, village director of community development, told the Tribune.

Members of the village Planning, Building and Development Committee will discuss the proposal at a meeting Thursday, the Tribune reports.

The Tribune reports the following of potential limitations:

The proposed regulations would require future treehouse builders to get a $15 permit from the village before building in backyard trees. Among other requirements, the base of the house could not be more than 25 feet off the ground, and it can be no more than 100 square feet.

Fitzgerald told the Tribune that Alexander is cooperating with the village about use of his treehouse.

Under village code, Alexander can rent rooms in his home and allow access to his treehouse and backyard, but he cannot rent the treehouse itself, according to the Tribune’s report and the online listing.

Fitzgerald told the Tribune she and her department have received no complaints about the treehouse from neighbors, and that she did not know how village officials first heard about it.

Alexander’s treehouse would be “grandfathered” in if any regulations passed, meaning since it was constructed before the new regulations, any limitations would not apply in his case.


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