Whether it’s the idea of ââcraftsmanship in our mass production world or harmony with nature, many of us have a romantic outlook on life in a log cabin in the woods. or near a lake. But the log houses in the Chicagoland area? You’d be surprised to learn that there are quite a few, whether in Barrington Hills or Highland Park or the five currently on sale below. Although this type of construction dates back to the Bronze Age, many Americans associate log cabins with the country’s humble origins (seven US presidents were born in one). These houses can also take you back to your childhood, when you maybe played with Lincoln Logs, invented by the son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright John in Chicago in 1916. These log houses look perfect as we go. Let’s move closer to the colder months of winter when we’ve got you all stuck inside with cabin fever.
The former hunting lodge of one of Des Plaines’ most prominent citizens, Peter M. Hoffman hired a group of loggers from the Northwoods of Wisconsin to construct this building behind his main house between Lee and Center streets in 1921. An interesting character (you can read more about him here), Hoffman was politically active as a Cook County Coroner and later was the only Cook County Sheriff to serve a prison sentence while he was still in office. As you step through the screened porch, you will be blown away by the two story atrium with spectacular staircase and authentic log details. Details galore here with the river stone fireplace and flattened bark walls, which served to display Hoffman’s extensive taxidermy collection and hunting trophies. The log cabin is double zoned, so it could be a private residence, a commercial business, or both.
Outside of historic Woodstock is this custom built luxury log home with four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Let’s be honest: can you really call it a rustic log cabin when there is 6,400 square feet of living space? I mean, there is a second kitchen and a hot tub. What stands out is the great room with its vaulted wooden ceilings, yellow pine plank floors, stone fireplace, and the wooden staircase that leads up to a mezzanine bedroom. The screened porch on the upper level overlooks the secluded and lush greenery of the three-acre property. And it’s located right next to the village of Bull Valley, which has strict development restrictions, so this log home will always have a rural setting.
Just down the street from the Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth is another unique residence. I would say this house is pretty authentic: its log construction is apparent everywhere, from the walls, ceilings, and even the staircase and bathrooms. From the wraparound covered back porch you can enjoy the six acre property which includes a fully stocked pond with waterfall, as well as a six stall stable with hay loft and fenced pasture. The house’s unincorporated zoning allows not only horses, but also chickens, bees and more. Talk about getting back to nature.
Not far from the Wisconsin border is the village of Spring Grove, where suburban sprawl has not yet fully taken over. Here you’ll find an almost 70-year-old log cabin on the market for $ 168,000. With Chain O’Lakes State Park located nearby, this 1,000-square-foot, three-bedroom, one-bath home is a great option for those looking to enjoy nature or to take it easy. life. It would make a lovely getaway as a second home or vacation rental.
If you’re looking to escape to another state, the seaside community of New Buffalo, Michigan is a popular choice in the second home market, located just 70 miles from downtown Chicago. And when I say popular, I’m not kidding. At the height of the pandemic last year, home sales in southwest Michigan were breaking records. This 1936 log cabin, full of knotty pine woodwork and vintage charm, is located on a wooded lot not far from the lake. The veranda and the screened porch are perfect for rest and relaxation.