We're bananas over the Modern Playhouse. It's top of our list for the No Batteries Required Toy Guide. Why? Kids love having their own space to decorate, convene tea parties or secret spy missions and basically live in a imaginary world. Delight in the clean lines (think Scandinavian design-ala Ikea) begging for personalization. With a high pitched roof, peep holes and windows this is a haven for children.
Modern Playhouse designs durable wooden play spaces that are modular and minimalist. They use sustainably sourced, and non-toxic wood from responsibly managed forests in partnership with local craftsmen. We're smitten with the Circle House (4'??W x 3.5'??D x 5.5'??H). Weighing in at 140 lbs. this is a real house. Yes, the price tag is $1299, but consider this an investment in your sanity. Your kids will use it every day, it looks great and will likely be around for the grandkids.
You might want to splurge for the Furniture Set too. It includeds a 18" table and seating ($225). When not in use, the table breaks down and stores easily. We gave this toy a full inspection a few months ago at an NYC trade show and were wowed. It's that cool.
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did see and play with this at an NYC event, but do not own it (sigh).