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Luxurious Log Cabins

Log Cabins Grow Up


Log cabins hold a particular and iconic place in the minds of many Americans who associate them with blazing the wild frontiers, Laura Ingalls Wilder and the birthplace of several presidents. But, just like Virginia Slims, log cabins have come a long way, baby.

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A Not So Little House on the Prairie


Twenty miles outside of the wee town of Westcliffe, Colo., sits Bear Ridge Ranch, a dramatic 200-acre estate in the Wet Mountain Valley that presses up against the scenic San Isabel National Forest. While Denver is a three-hour drive and Colorado Springs is just 90 miles, those lucky enough to fly private can land their jets right in Westcliffe making for easy access to what is essentially a pretty remote property.

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The View


Sited on a promontory with unobstructed views of the Sangre Cristo Mountain, this three-level, 6,900 square foot log-built mansion has five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The living room and dining room have exposed, round log walls, a soaring 32’ high wood beamed ceiling, red oak wood flooring and a towering, moss rock, Rumford-style fireplace. Huge windows bring the dramatic views right into the house.

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What’s Cookin’?


The kitchen retains a rustic feel albeit one with all of the luxuries and conveniences of a gourmet kitchen. Highlights include cherry wood cabinetry, granite counter tops, a six-burner range, a breakfast nook and enough counter space to make a feast for 40.

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Plenty of Room


Three family bedrooms share two bathrooms at one end of the house along with a reading nook, a private office with satellite hook-up, half bathroom and a flexible-use space perfect for an artist. The guest bedroom and master suite, accessed by a custom-built log staircase, are positioned for maximum privacy at opposite ends of the upstairs gallery. The master suite (pictured) has exposed round log walls, a vaulted, wood beamed ceiling, a gas kiva-style fireplace, a private deck with dreamy views of the mountains, his and her closets and a bathroom with double vanities and a giant soaking tub.

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Great Hang-Out Spots


Multiple terraces and decks, one of which has a built-in barbecue center, extend the living space out of doors and provide views of the ranch and beyond. The expansive property includes a party-sized hot tub, perennial gardens, several fenced pastures and a 1,300 square foot stucco and log barn which can be used for ranch storage or converted to additional living quarters.

The historic mining town of Isle was located on the property and several cabins and structures remain. The asking price for this property is $3.2 million.

For additional information, contact Elizabeth Watson or Carolyn Abraham (719)783-2803 at Watson Land Company in Westcliffe, Colo.

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An Affordable Log Cabin Down South


The state of Georgia is practically bursting at the seams with log cabins at all price ranges. This rustic, but well-equipped two-bedroom and one-bathroom mountain getaway sits on a one-acre parcel in Blue Ridge, Ga., and is currently listed with an asking price of $134,900.

The secluded cabin has cathedral ceilings, a wood burning stove and a covered front porch from which the soothing sound of water rushing through nearby Fightingtown Creek can be heard. Contact Blue Ridge Realty, Inc. at (706)632-5596 for more information.

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Super Luxury in Upstate New York


At the blow-it-out-of-the-box end of the log cabin spectrum is a lavishly appointed, 14,000 square foot mansion in the small upstate New York town of Gardiner.

Listed with an eye popping $12 million asking price, the sprawling 50-acre estate sits in the southern shadow of the Shawangunk Mountains – home of the world famous Mohonk Mountain House – and comes with its own private pond, a front lawn large enough to land a helicopter, an ATV track through the woods and a rustic log-built guest cabin. Contact Jim Barna Log Homes at (877)564-4332.

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An Amazing Colorado Rental


Aspen, Colo., the legendary winter playground of the rich and famous, lays claim to some of the most expensive real estate in the country. It also claims some pretty spectacular log homes such as Star Peak Cabin, a 5,500 square foot custom built lodge sitting on 15 private acres.

The deluxe five-bedroom and five-bathroom log lodge has dramatic views of the surrounding mountains and serene views of its own private pond. This one is available to rent for between $1,500 and $3,000 per night. Visit Starpeakcabin.com for more info.

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