by Dana Schulz
Everyone in the northeast has the same thought lately — will this winter ever end? In my tiny Manhattan apartment, I either have close to no heat or I have so much heat that I have to open the windows. When I leave for work in the morning I layer on outerwear like I’m going to the Arctic, and when I get down into the subway station I sweat like I’m straddling the Equator. When I’m done whining about it (I know that’s what you were thinking!), I wonder where I could live to fondly embrace the polar temperatures. And a cozy, rustic log cabin seems like the perfect place. Here are 10 such homes to hold you over until the spring finally arrives! (Image above courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty. Click the top photo of each listing to be taken to the listing site.)
97 Country Road 9080, Mentone, AL
Nestled in the Appalachians, this cabin has every detail down — even the dining table and chairs are made of logs! It may look small from the outside, but the vaulted ceiling makes the interior feel plenty spacious.
609 Seventh Street, Cloudcroft, NM
Weathered wood – so “in” right now! This is certainly one of the trendiest houses out there. Built in 1897 by Major Long of El Paso, the home has been used in recent years as a small hotel. With original timber stair rails and floors this is a log-lover’s dream.
381 Valley Creek Lane, Banner Elk, NC
4035 Ponchartrain Drive, New Buffalo, MI
This is more a log-covered home than a log cabin, but allow me to stretch the definition for a minute! It is, in fact, covered with streamlined logs. Built in the 1930’s, but renovated just a year ago, this is an historic home for someone who loves modern conveniences. The walls and ceilings retain the interior’s old charm, though.
Crescent H Ranch, West Bank South, WY
On 88 acres, this certainly gives the term “log cabin” new meaning. Crescent H Ranch Lodge is the main home, and the property also contains a smaller log home called the Liars Den, as well as two guest cabins. Not only is there a trout pond on the property, but wildlife such as moose, deer, and black bears also roam the premises. If you’ve ever dreamed of living out your cowboy fantasy, this is the place to do it. Images courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty.
26 Shinnecock Trail, Medford Lakes, NJ
Check out that view! This 1928 log home on a lake has two docks and tiered decking–a backyard paradise that looks more like a tropical island than it does New Jersey. When it gets too chilly outside, you can cozy up inside in front of the stone fireplace, which is beautifully set in interior log walls.
604 Paxton Street, Maysville, KY
7601 State Route 3, Talcott, WV
What a cutie! The horizontal-striped log pattern adds another dimension to this little charmer, built in 1900. And the porch is the perfect spot to sit and take in the view of the surrounding woodland. The price is not bad either!
742 Burwell Road, Carrollton, GA
Built in 1850, this rustic cabin sits on almost 22 acres of lush, green land. The completely wood-filled interior could serve as a movie set for a summer camp. And those stained glass windows are to die for!
2906 Anderson Pike, Signal Mountain, TN
This unique log beauty was built in 1900, but recently had modern addition constructed in the rear. Off the vaulted back den is a lovely flagstone patio complete with a huge carved-wood statue of a bear.
AUTHOR DANA SCHULZ
Dana Schulz is a writer and lover of urban exploration, culinary history, and, most of all, old houses. Her dream home would have a wrap-around porch to host dinner parties featuring tasty treats prepared in her vintage kitchen, complete with a farmhouse sink, retro refrigerator, and collection of milk glass containers.