Half-moon house

Friday, March 9, 2001 at 1:00am

My fifth-grade teacher, Ms. Ann Landers, had a tree house in her classroom.

Built high in the far corner, a polished wooden ladder led to a king-size, well-worn mattress and a treat for the first few students who completed the daily assignment correctly. Looking down on the rest of the classroom, we read up there, passed notes and bounced around in a general state of superiority. Getting to spend time in the tree house was better than pizza in the cafeteria on Fridays, recess or room mother birthday cupcakes.

There is not one, but two, secret tree house lofts in the house for sale at 1016 Clifton Lane in Green Hills.

Set a few blocks to the right of Granny White Pike just before it turns into 12th Avenue, 1016 Clifton Lane was designed in 1968 by Nashville architect Clay Hickerson for his father, engineer Faulkner Hickerson. The elder Hickerson took his son