Abraham Lincoln famously spent his early years in a one-room log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky, moving with his family to another in southern Indiana several years later.
But despite their association with the 16th president of the United States — ever heard of the game Lincoln Logs? — the earliest log cabins have their roots in northern Europe, not America. When the humble structures started popping up stateside, they were courtesy of Finnish and German immigrants.
Given their history, and their rough-hewn materials and primitive building techniques, it’s not surprising that log cabins are largely thought of as informal, humble abodes. But many of today’s structures are anything but humble, as you can see by these luxury log homes.
Spectacular construction meets superior location in this one-of-a-kind Flaming Gorge log cabin on one acre of wooded property. From the hand-carved front doors to the covered wraparound porch, to the gorgeous views of the Flaming Gorge throughout, this is the ultimate in rustic luxe.
Features of this log manse include a custom gourmet kitchen with professional appliances and a beautifully detailed copper sink; a great room with vaulted ceilings and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; and a resort-worthy primary suite with a sitting area and fireplace, a private covered balcony that looks out onto the Gorge, and a spa bath with a copper soaking tub. This home also features a massive walkout basement with a covered patio; a gaming area; a fireplace; and a full kitchen. There is also separate guest space with a gaming/entertainment area and two bedrooms over the garage, plus covered boat storage. Even better – the sale includes the current owner’s boat!
This property is listed by Jayanne Ivins of Coldwell Banker Farm & Home Realty Inc. for $15,000,000.
1,347 Square feet
What this quaint cabin lacks in square footage, it more than makes up for in charm and expansive outdoor space. The log exterior opens to a magical interior that is almost entirely sheathed in wood, including the kitchen’s custom birds-eye maple cabinets and counters. Full-width logs travel up and across the soaring ceilings in the living spaces and large loft.
This home includes a stone fireplace in the living room; a 30-foot x nine-foot screened-in porch; a detached garage with a two-bedroom, one-bath apartment above; and an unfinished basement. But the most exquisite features: the 45 acres of pristine, land and 563 feet of level frontage on the Three Lakes Chain of 28 Lakes.
This property is listed by James Mulleady of Coldwell Banker Mulleady Inc., Realtors for $2,100,000.
1,856 Square feet
Who knew you could live the log cabin life just an hour from downtown Chicago? Though, this is no standard log cabin. The original one-bedroom, one-bath cabin has been merged with contemporary construction, the finished exterior marrying logs and stone with clean lines and a night-hued façade.
Inside, it’s modern all the way, with a sleek eat-in kitchen; gorgeous hardwood floors; updated bathrooms; designer light fixtures; and an infrared sauna. You’ll relish the 20+ acres of wooded landscape and the nature views from nearly everywhere in the home, including serene vistas of the pond from the private primary suite and its large cedar deck.
This property is listed by Chad Gradowski of Coldwell Banker Realty for $1,450,000
3,552 Square feet
A departure from the more traditional log house, this gracious California mountain home has smooth interior walls with cleverly designed rustic elements including half-log rounds encasing the windows and doors. You’ll undoubtedly spend countless hours in the incredible great room, with a huge living space centered in front of a stone fireplace; a large dining area topped by an antler chandelier; and a gourmet kitchen with a huge island, stone counters, and high-end appliances including a double Wolf range.
Step out onto one of the home’s three expansive decks and luxuriate in the mountain air while enjoying panoramic lake and ridgeline views. This ideal log home also boasts a large bunk room; a game room with gas fireplace; dual primary suites; a wine room; and lake rights.
This home is listed by Michelle Calkins of Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty for $1,675,000.
Large expanses of glass and stone accents complement the massive display of logs on the exterior of this impressive luxury cabin. Inside, the use of wide wood planks is as spectacular as the verdant views. It’s on the floors. It’s on the walls. It’s on the ceiling. And it’s joined by a beautifully hewn half-log staircase and rail and hand-peeled log rails.
Gather in front of the great room’s grand stacked-stone fireplace, at the mountain stream, or among the extensive covered and uncovered outdoor space in the treetops. This home also offers a large loft/office; a wet bar/game room; a central vac system; and a four-car garage with a 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment.
This home is listed by Michael Miller of Coldwell Banker High Country Realty for $1,175,000.