Where are their hearts? Las Vegas HOA fighting family over 12-year-old autistic daughter’s beloved backyard treehouse because they say it’s ‘too tall’ and ‘violates their policies’ – even though it can’t be seen from outside
- Phil Edgar told DailyMail.com his daughter Claire ‘loves’ the treehouse and doesn’t want to part with it
- The HOA complained it is too tall because it’s above 6ft, and isn’t ‘invisible’
- The family is trying to appeal to them to let them keep the structure as it is
A Las Vegas HOA is fighting with a family over the incredible backyard treehouse they built for their autistic daughter, simply because it doesn’t fit their stringent rules.
Phil Edgar, who works in tech sales, lives in a gated community in Las Vegas with his wife Lily, 14-year-old son Colin and 12-year-old daughter Claire, who has autism.
When the couple started renovating their home recently, Lily, who has a passion for design, was eager to create an outdoor space for Claire to play in.
The treehouse in the Edgar family backyard. Phil Edgar built it for his 12-year-old daughter Claire, who mostly plays alone
12-year-old Claire is autistic and likes to play in the treehouse but is mostly alone. Her parents say she ‘loves’ having her own space
She dreamt up the charming treehouse – which has a charming mail nook, basketball hoop, and overlook – and asked the handymen who were completing the renovation to put it together.
But the Las Vegas Country Club Master Association has since told the family it had to go.
They say that because the treehouse is around 25ft off the ground, it does not meet their 6ft maximum height requirement.
Now, Phil is appealing to the board to see the value in the treehouse – after failing to appeal to their humanity.
‘I would really like to solve this amicably. I am trying to get clarity on exactly which rules we’re breaking.
‘They say it needs to be invisible from the outside and it mostly is. We back onto a golf course and they don’t mind it – they are fine with it.
The stylish treehouse is next to the family pool and hidden behind a tree – but the HOA says it violates their rules
The treehouse is barely visible from the golf course the house overlooks
An aerial view of the backyard and tree, where the structure was build for 12-year-old Claire
Claire’s mother Lily designed the treehouse for her when the family was renovating
The cute interiors, where Claire, who has autism, likes to play by herself
The treehouse overlooks the family’s pool and backyard. It backs onto a golf course – but the family says the course has no issue with it
The structure is around 12ft off the ground and disguised among trees in the family yard
Their home backs onto a golf course – but the owners there say they have no problem with it
The family’s stylish home, in the gated community in Las Vegas
Phil Edgar with his wife Lily and their autistic daughter Claire, who ‘loves’ the treehouse
‘I’m trying to get a general statement that it doesn’t conform, where I’ve got something.
When contacted by DailyMail.com, Board President Alan Stamm refused to comment, claiming it would be ‘illegal’ for him to discuss it
‘I don’t know where its going to land.’
He even commissioned a report from an arborist to prove that the structure is not doing any harm to the tree.
‘The board of directors has around six people on it, they meet on a monthly basis and make a joint board decision.
‘I don’t know them personally I assume they live in the community,’ he added.
He said the board was ‘very neutral’ and listened to his requests – but didn’t immediately relent.
When contacted by DailyMail.com, Board President Alan Stamm refused to comment, claiming it would be ‘illegal’ for him to discuss it.
The board is due to meet again next month.