The log cabin is embedded in the national consciousness as an old-time icon of simple, wholesome American living. Abraham Lincoln grew up in a log cabin, by gum, and look at what he made of himself!
However, as with every other aspect of American culture, today’s log cabin has been supersized. The structures that follow in this slideshow are a long way from Lincoln's logs. Log cabins have gone from inspirational to aspirational. Whereas it was once incongruous to link the phrase “million dollar” to “log cabins,” it’s now quite the norm for a log home’s price to rise into seven figures and beyond.
What can a log cabin offer to command such prices? They’re cabins in name only. They offer the same amenities and features every other modern home offers—the chef's kitchens, the hot tubs, the walk-in showers, the square footage—only rustic and with logs. These structures can serve as summer and winter vacation lodges for those who can afford such luxuries, but they’re also quite well supplied to function as year-round homes.
So dust off your antler chandelier and taxidermied critters and indulge in some cabin fever. Click through to see these contemporary and traditional log homes for sale on Realtor.com, ordered from the least pricey to the few incredible examples that are priced into eight figures.
By Colleen KaneAugust 9, 2011