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Log cabins for sale: Get your own piece of the Old West


Log cabins for sale: If you’ve got some money to put into it, you can find many deals to get your own piece of the Old West. Buy your own log cabin — either one you can put up on your land, or something that includes your cabin AND the land to put it on.

I never gave a lot of consideration to buying a log cabin, really. I own a 100+ year old house in a mid-town location in southwest Missouri, and I’ve never been able to find the spirit and the cash to make a real change in living. (I do, however, enjoy rustic log cabin decor and home furnishings in the old house.)

But if I were to look at log cabins for sale, with or without land, I might actually take a look online. My son, a real fan of Colorado’s mountains and small mountain towns, is not so much interested in the Old West. But he’s actually done a fair amount of research into land and houses available in the southern Rockies (mostly the San Juan Mountains, I believe). He’s a single guy and has a decent income, so he’s very interested in log cabins, resort or vacation cabins, and even undeveloped acreage in Colorado.

This whole idea about getting your own piece of the Old West by buying a log cabin and/or your own land in the West, came to me as I remembered my adventuresome son’s explorations online. (He also makes a climbing trip to scale some of Colorado’s “14ers” in the summers.)

Based on some of my son’s fascinating findings, let me offer a couple of suggestions for you if you’re looking for log cabins for sale or other property so you can own a piece of the Old West:

1. Check a good map and look at Realtors’ websites located in the West. That may seem pretty obvious, but just between you and me, I’ve often overlooked the obvious.

Google Maps can be a wonderful tool for getting everything from line maps to satellite views to actual street level views of many locations. Although less populated areas aren’t as detailed, they still let you look at areas in Montana, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, etc., even if you live in New York City and have never visited areas of the West.

Once you’ve surveyed the territory you’re interested in, go online and search for Realtors’ and real estate agents with websites in your chosen selection.

2. Check listings on eBay and other online auction sites for log cabins, mining claims, etc., in the areas that interest you.


Not long ago, our son was sharing a series of eBay listings for strips of undeveloped, forested property in the Colorado Rockies that were for sale for just a few thousand dollars. He was interested in buying land, setting up temporary living quarters, then developing the property with his own log cabin as time and finances permitted.

What a great idea whether you want to set up a full-blown residency or simply have your own vacation or adventure home in the West!

Obviously, before you take advantage of any log cabin deals or land deals in the West, you want to make sure you find a way to actually walk the property, to physically examine and investigate the cabin or other house or buildings you are interested in.

I say “obviously,” but I have heard of people who’ve been scammed or cheated out of their hard earned money simply because they were too willing to buy, or at least put down a deposit to buy, based on Internet photos and online conversations.

Don’t let your eagerness to own cheap property or homes in the West lead to make a foolish decision. Don’t get caught in a modern-day equivalent of an Old West land scheme.