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Is $6K Too Much for a New Jersey Treehouse?

treehouse_optBOB HOLT

Occasionally we all spoil our children. Katie Tenebruso of Emerson got a treehouse for her eighth birthday last year. The cost? $6,000.

Neighbor Joe Geronimo says the treehouse is a “monstrosity.”

Geronimo claims that the treehouse violates borough laws. According to, He filed a complaint last year, saying the treehouse was built without a permit, and is not on the Tenebruso’s property. It was built on wetlands that the family does not own.

The 19-foot tall treehouse is complete with a staircase, four Anderson windows, swings, a deck and a bunk bed. Mother Paula Tenebruso told CBS New York, “I put in Anderson windows so the glass wouldn’t shatter and hurt the kids when they were playing.”

Katie Tenebruso said, according to NBC New York, "I don't like being in the house all the time, I like being outside more."

Tweet About This! Emerson borough code doesn’t contain specific statutes about treehouses, according to The Tenebruso’s lawyer claims a former developer gave the family verbal permission to keep the treehouse on the property.

There has been animosity between Geronimo and the Tenebrusos long before the treehouse came into existence. reports that each neighbor has filed a series of formal and informal complaints against the other over the past seven years. Geronimo built a fence between the yards a few years back.

The Tenebrusos will need proof of insurance to keep the house, according to NBC New York. They also need a variance, because town laws require secondary structures to be no higher than 15 feet.

They applied for a zoning permit in court on Thursday and will return to court in July.

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