Our Fire Tower House In The Sky: HOMES ON THE EDGE

LEAVING the busy city life behind and returning to nature has been a “magical” experience according to a couple who gave it all up to live in a custom house 40ft off the ground in rural Oregon. Dabney Tompkins, 61, and Alan Colley, 70, swapped high-paying jobs, expensive cars, and lively social lives in Dallas, Texas to live on 160 acres in a custom-built fire lookout tower. The couple initially moved from their large house in Dallas to a condo in Portland, and built the fire lookout property as a weekend getaway location in 2010. But in May 2014 the pair decided to try living in the house full-time and now say they couldn’t imagine going back.