Once the leaves start to turn and we feel a chill in the air, we can’t help but think about curling up by the fire in a cozy cabin—a cozy log cabin, to be specific.
After all, log cabins are the quintessential autumn abode, beckoning us for weekend getaways from coast to coast. But why do they need to be only a vacation spot? Do we really want to live in stucco boxes or drab apartment buildings when we can live and work from a quaint cabin in the woods?
For those who pine for a more rustic lifestyle, we’ve found a few properties to choose from. We browsed log cabins for sale across the country and selected five great candidates—all priced below $500,000.
Take a gander, and decide where you’d like to put down some permanent roots.
Legendary fall: Located in the foothills of Western Maine, this barn-style log cabin built in 1979 sits on 2.5 scenic acres.
The 1,558-square-foot dwelling features two bedrooms, one bath, two half-baths, and a rustic sauna. It’s just steps away from the community pool. But its most charming feature is the vast porch that stretches across the back. From that spot, you can gaze at the glorious fall foliage and nearby apple orchard while sipping fresh cider—or your beverage of choice.
A little bit country: This log cabin is close enough to Fort Worth to commute, but far enough away to enjoy the true country vibe. Built in 1978, the cabin features fun farmhouse decor, including an interior barn door, knotty plank ceilings, and a log fence.
It also boasts modern amenities like an open floor plan, walk-in closet, and granite kitchen island. With three bedrooms and 1,770 square feet of living space, there’s room for the whole family. There’s also a grassy backyard with a sizable porch, which means R&R on gentle Texas nights is delightfully possible.
Carolina in my mind: Sitting pretty on a half-acre in the heart of Maggie Valley, this two-bedroom cabin has the ideal combination of rustic charm and modern amenities.
Custom-built in 2004, it has a relaxing hot tub, fire pit, and wraparound porch with spectacular views of the mountains. For recreation, there’s a game loft with a pool table inside and hiking trails galore outside.
Bonus: It’s being offered fully furnished and comes with an adorable bear motif. This means it’s a turn-key opportunity to move right in or open it up to short-term renters, with whom it’s been a big hit.
Year-round fun: This adorable A-frame in Lakeshore Resorts has a view of Brookville Lake. Built in 2001, it was designed for year-round fun.
This three-bedroom getaway is the least expensive of the cabins on our list. A charming porch, covered patio, open floor plan, and upstairs loft make the 920-square-foot living space seem much larger. Perfectly matched furniture and appliances can be included in the sale.
About an hour and a half outside of Indianapolis, it’s an ideal getaway.
Feel like horsing around? This three-bedroom cabin may look old-timey, but it’s just over a decade old. Built on a wooded lot in 2008, it boasts a number of lovely modern finishes.
It’s highlighted by a beautiful great room with an open kitchen, two-story fireplace, and loft. Tennessee is known for raising some of the finest horses in the country, so it’s appropriate that this is also an equestrian property, with stalls and a fenced paddock. Far more than just a lovely log cabin with an elegant wraparound porch, this one offers a new way of life.