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Hidden Charms: 6 Counties to Build Your Log Home

These 6 often-overlooked places are the perfect areas to build your log home.

Photography by James Ray Spahn


America is blessed with abundant land that’s ideal for log homes. If you’re still looking for some scenic site to build yours, here are a few out-of-the-way gems. They’re no strangers to log homes, possibly because the folks who do live there know a good thing when they see it.

You’re also likely to find people there who sell, build, furnish and finance log homes. And restore and maintain them, if you’re hoping to buy an existing log home. Buying an existing home isn’t a bad strategy. Plenty have been built in the past 30 years, including in these six counties, and some have the added advantage of sitting on choicer sites than might be available now.

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For new log homes, raw land is available in all six locations, offering the opportunity to customize the home and the site to your liking.

It all begins with finding the right place.

Here are some general features of the six overlooked log-home locations. Land prices tend to be favorable, but they vary greatly, even within one county. If you can’t find anything you want to buy in your favorite, but some land comes close, investigate neighboring counties. You might discover similar landscapes more like what you’re looking for, probably for not much more money.