Unlike a traditional home, living in a cabin opens the door to all sorts of wonderful possibilities. Whether you settle into a secluded hilltop hideaway deep in the woods or prefer a rustic lakefront lodge, cabin life provides opportunities that likely don’t exist elsewhere. There are some breathtaking locations across the country where adventurous house hunters can track down the cabin of their dreams. Here’s a look at a few of those places:
Pigeon Forge, TN
Imagine waking up to a sunrise over the majestic Smokey Mountains. That is something the lucky few have been doing in Pigeon Forge for eons. Entrenched in scenic beauty, Native American and Colonial history, this little town is known as, “The Center of Fun in the Smokies.” Just 5 miles from the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is also home to a variety of dining, entertainment, and shopping venues, such as Dollywood. Acres of trail-filled forests and the peaceful Little Pigeon River provide the perfect mix for hikers, mountain bikers, and wildlife enthusiasts. For some reason residing in a cabin just feels right here, especially considering those pioneers of the 1700s who settled the area. Curious about cabins in Pigeon Forge? Check out this one from Trulia: 1655-S-Mountain-View-Rd-Pigeon-Forge-TN-37876
Here a nice short video from HousePlansandMore on some cabin designs:
This is one of those hidden gems where you can truly kick back and experience the tranquility of small-town life. Centrally located between Asheville and the Greenville-Spartanburg, SC metro area, tiny Saluda is a world away. It saw its heyday in the late 1800s thanks to the construction of the Southern Railroad line. Back then, 3,000 visitors passed through these parts daily. Today Saluda is home to just under 1000 permanent residents.
However, it has become a favorite destination for artists, craftspeople, and visitors who are inspired by its picturesque setting and turn of the century charms. Cyclists and hikers especially love the winding roads and nature trails provided by Saluda’s vantage point at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Saluda’s Arts Festival and Coon Dog Festival bring thousands of folks here each year. Perhaps you have succumbed to Saluda’s magic? Why not consider a mountain retreat of your own? Here is a potential real steal on a place situated on 6 acres.
When you reach the northwestern corner of Wyoming, there’s no doubt that you’re in “Cowboy Country.” Here is where true heroes lived and died and did their best to tame this vast wilderness. The diminutive town of Cody, WY is named for the legendary “Wild Bill Cody”, aka, “Buffalo Bill.” No wonder this area was his stomping ground. One view is more magnificent that the next and the very names of the local landmarks are immediate indicators that this corner of the world is not for the faint of heart. Entering into a town flanked by the likes of Stinking Water River, Rattlesnake Mountain, and Owl Creek certainly gets your attention! For those unable to get up the nerve for a visit to this rugged enclave, that’s just fine with the almost 10,000 residents of Cody. As one of the state’s best-kept secrets, Cody is slowly evolving into a choice destination for those ‘in the know.” Along with unlimited opportunities for outdoor adventure, Cody is filled with interesting shops, restaurants, galleries, and historic sites. Old Trail Town is a fascinating collection of restored structures typical of the Old West, and includes a General Store, one-room schoolhouse, and several residential cabins. Speaking of cabins, there are some amazing ones on the market. Have a lookat this property on Trulia: Jim-Mountain-Dr-Cody-WY-82414
For more ideas about where pursuing the “cabin lifestyle” is an option, here are a couple of suggestions and links to listings on Trulia:
If you’re considering buying a cabin as a second home, investment property, or even as a primary residence, we can likely help. We offer residential home financing assistance throughout most of the United States. Log homes can be a bit tricky to finance as lenders typically need to find other comparable properties sold in a defined period of time within a certain mile radius. So, if there are few log homes in a community, it makes finding comps an issue. In places such as the mountains or North Carolina and Tennessee, it is much easier to find comparable sales. One of our loan consultants can guide you through the process and get you moving in the right direction – 800-634-8616.