Sam’s Tree House

Sam’s Tree House

We found another radical tree house behind an unsuspecting Mexican restaurant in Calhoun, Georgia. On further research, this treehouse was named “Sam’s Tree House.” Unlike the World’s Largest Tree House, Sam’s house seemed to have many liveable compartments made from scrap (including: a plane, a helicopter, a boat, and a submarine movie prop).

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Sam’s Tree House side view with helicopter and submarine!

I tried calling the “tree house phone line” (a number I found online) to speak with Sam and possibly take a tour. It went something like this:

Ring… Ring… Ring.. click! “This is the tree house. Leave a message,” said a deep voice.

And then, a robot recited: “This voicemail box is full. Goodbye.” Click!

So we circled around the exterior of the shanty-tree house, trying to be inconspicuous. It was dusk, but the tree house was illuminated. I’m pretty sure someone is living in there. And then, my suspicions were confirmed when a large dog appeared on the tree house balcony, growling and making threatening noises.

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Biography of Sam Isaac Edwards: 

“Sam wears the label ‘Renaissance Man’ like a second skin. He is a true bohemian; a man who is not only a gifted writer, but a humorist who will have you grabbing your belly with great frequency. He is a man who has lived on his own terms, not those dictated by society. He flies hang-gliders and ultra-lights, canoes whitewater rivers, scuba dives, explores caves, drives race cars; he’s been a janitor, a truck driver, an actor, a law student, a disc jockey, a cook, a producer, a carpenter, a soldier, and an aide to two of the most famous men in our country; President Jimmy Carter and Senator John Glenn. Edwards has grabbed hold of those great parts of life that most of us will only dream about.” (biography courtesy of Sam’s website)

So obviously, Sam is an interesting man. I wish we could’ve met, had a cup of tea and discussed our respective shanty-homes. Instead we obeyed the command of Sam’s dog “Piranha” (or so I named him), and left without knocking on the door and disturbing the resident. Poor Sam was probably sitting down to dinner and didn’t want company. After all, he didn’t answer the phone.

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I will say that the house was extraordinary and obviously built from the inner workings of a creative mind.

A Few Highlights from Sam’s Tree House:

  • Has a kitchen, bathroom, library, living room and at least two bedrooms
  • One bedroom is located in the airplane and another in the ski boat
  • The highest part of the structure is 25 feet tall
  • One publication noted that Sam lives with seven wild cats and keeps a metal leg brace on the wall for decoration

Who knows if it’s true? I guess we’ll have to wait for the book he’s writing on the subject.




  1. Dawn
    March 31, 2015 / 1:12 pm

    Sam runs an interesting restaurant in Rome Georgia Schroeder’s, the one on Martha Berry Hwy. Very nice man. His restaurant has pictures hanging up in EVERY possible space of current or retired military men and women. If you ever stop back through you should stop and meet him and try his Samburger.

  2. Shelly
    December 28, 2014 / 3:39 pm

    What an interesting tree house! I just finished watching your episode on HGTV and was intrigued you guys started in Los Angeles. The entire time I was wondering where you guys would park it in SoCal. If you guys were to have parked it in or around LA where would you have done so? Is there any hope for tiny housers in Los Angeles? By the way I love the character of your guys’ tiny house!

    • User Avatar December 28, 2014 / 9:06 pm

      Thank! We only built our house in LA in my uncle’s driveway. It’d be illegal to live in the tiny house there… When we go back, we might stay in a friend’s driveway for a couple nights or in an RV park somewhere. But we don’t intend to live there with our tiny house… So I don’t know that we can really help you…

      • Shelly
        January 5, 2015 / 4:00 pm

        Thanks for responding and answering my question! Hope you guys have a happy new year 🙂

  3. Renee Showers
    December 28, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Been following your journey and look forward to your post along the way!

  4. December 28, 2014 / 9:36 am

    i totally had a dream last night that you guys pulled up onto the property i live on… ha!

  5. Sandy
    December 27, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    Love the treehouse. Let us know if you find out more about Sam. I love reading all your posts. Keep having fun.

  6. December 27, 2014 / 9:34 am

    Thank you for sharing this experience with your followers. Fascinating stuff!

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