Log Home Hotspots: Where in the World Should you Build?

When building your log home, I’m sure you’re keen to choose the best location.

In fact, this is one of the most important stages when building a log home.

We have searched the globe to find the best locations to build your log cabin. We’ve found something to suit everyone. Whether you are looking to live off grid, or on grid; crave a vibrant lively area, or a secluded one.

You’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here.

Each location is unique in what it has to offer which makes them impossible to rank!

So, without further ado, here are the best log cabin locations in the world.

Blue Ridge, Georgia

Blue Ridge Georgia

Once considered an elite health resort because of its pure mineral waters, the Blue Ridge of today still offers beauty, relaxation and plenty of natural fun.

More than 40% of the county’s land is home to the Chattahoochee National Forest, an unspoiled area of mountain beauty.

Blue Ridge is also home to Blue Ridge Log Cabins.

Their cabins have been featured on HGTV’s ‘Best Ever Log Home’ and ‘Amazing Log Homes’ series. Blue Ridge Log Cabins complete as many as 15 custom built homes every week!

The average home value in Blue Ridge is $315,000.

Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park

Surrounded by two national forests – The Rocky Mountain National Park and The Roosevelt National Forest – there is no limit to the types of activities and outdoor fun you can have at Estes Park.

Estes Park is home to many log homes, and there is something for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a large luxurious cabin or a small cozy cabin nestled in the words.

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, this will be paradise to you, surrounded by native animals such as elk, deer, big horn sheep, coyote and a huge variety of birds.

Outdoor fun is not all if has to offer though, in the heart of Estes Park, quaint boutiques line the main street giving it a small town feeling.

The average home value in Estes Park is $452,450.

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs
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Eureka Springs is a secluded and peaceful city located in the Ozark Mountains.

Selected as one of America’s Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Eureka Springs is full of character.

It truly is an outdoor lover’s paradise, surrounded by 2 rivers and 3 lakes, set in mountainous terrain and home to a 1600 acre park offering 25 miles of hiking and bike trails!

Log homes are scattered throughout the Ozark Mountains and one of the most historic cabins in the area is located in downtown Eureka Springs next to the Historical Museum. The cabin was built by the historian and writer, Cora Pinkley Call, in 1930.

The average home value in Eureka Springs is $211,500.

Big Bear Region, California

Big Bear
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Southern California’s winter playground, situated in San Bernardino County, Big Bear City is surrounded by national forest and the Big Bear Lake.

There are always lots of activities going on, year round. From paddle boarding and kayaking in the summer, to skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

The Big Bear Region is a national beauty, home to 600,000 acres of national forest, 3,000 acres of crystal clear lakes, and 23 miles of lake shoreline.

Dozens on films have been filmed around Big Bear Lake due to the unspoiled scenery, including the famous Elvis Presly movie ‘Kissin Cousins with a scene filmed in a beautiful old log structure.

With the vast national forest and crystal clear lakes, Big Bear Region makes the perfect place for log home owners who want to be surrounded by nature.

The average home value in Big Bear City is $259,000.

Fairhope, Alabama

Fairhope
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Fairhope is a charming village on the Gulf Coast, which is known for its stunning panoramic views of Mobile Bay, beautiful spacious parks and tree-lined neighborhoods.

It is therefore not surprising that it was named the second best small town in the south in 2007.

The village was created by a group of people seeking ‘fair hope of success’ around a hundred years ago.

There are a number of log cabin companies in the area to help you design and build your cabin, including Alabama Log Home Builders.

The average home value in Fairhope is $359,000.

Finland, Europe

Finland
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Finland is home to stunning lakes and forests, with many winter activities on offer. Husky sledding, snowmobiling and reindeer safaris to name a few!

The skies in Finland offer some of the world’s best sights the aurora borealis, the northern lights which can appear more than 200 nights a year.

Finland has more forest and water than anywhere else in Europe, it is known as the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’, and forests cover over 70% of the land.

It is thought that the concept of a log cabin originated in Northern Europe and some of the first cabins in America were built by emigrants from Sweden and Finland.

The average home value in Finland is €3,224 ($3,555) per square metre.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg
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Nestled at the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the small community of Gatlinburg is only two miles long and five miles wide.

This makes the area more suitable for those who are seeking a more secluded lifestyle.

With the Smoky Mountains on your doorstep, there is never a shortage of outdoor activities going on. It is the only ski resort in Tennessee and has eight ski trails.

Located in the Smoky Mountains, is Cades Cove, an amazing place to learn about the history of log cabins.

Cades Cove was a farming community of around 125 families, and many of the structures they built were constructed from logs and still stand today.

The average home value in Gatlinburg is $219,450.

Hocking County, Ohio

Described as Ohio’s ‘natural crown jewels’, the unrivalled beauty of Hocking Hills offers miles of hiking trails, waterfalls and spectacular cliff-top views.

Home to a unique artist community, all inspired by the surrounding beauty, you will find small galleries and antique malls scattered throughout Hocking Hills.

With more than 10,000 acres of stunning forests, it would make a perfect home for all log home enthusiasts!

There are hundreds of log cabin rentals in the vicinity which gives you the opportunity to go and experience the area before you decide to buy or build there.

The average home value in Hocking County is $144,900.

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe

Finally we come to Lake Tahoe, California.

Home to ‘America’s Best Lake’ 2012, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America.

This area attracts romantics, outdoor enthusiasts and scientists to view the incredible blueness of Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe is home to a legendary log cabin, worth $19.5 million, which once belonged to Howard Hughes.

In addition to Big Bear Region, Lake Tahoe is the most popular spot for log homes in California.

The average home value in Tahoe City is $791,500.

Summary

We’ve seen a wide range of magnificent log home locations.

From secluded areas of natural beauty, to lively, vibrant towns and cities, all with rich log cabin history, and plenty of log cabin real estate companies and builders who can help you create or find your dream home.

Are you itching to search for land to build your dream cabin in a spectacular location!?

If you could choose anywhere in the world to live in a log cabin, where would it be? Let us know in the comments section below…

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