Log cabins symbolize the early days of home building, when people would gather up sturdy logs and notch them together with mud or clay. A simpler time when a heater equaled an open fireplace, when air conditioning meant that you had to open your windows, and when electricity was completely unheard of.

And while these homes may seem outdated compared to the fancy smart homes of today, log cabins are appreciated world-wide for their sturdiness and reliability, no matter what changes go on in the outside world.

We decided to take a look at some contemporary California log cabins that incorporate this classic style with touches of modernity.

Amazing Views



This warm and inviting log home is perched on a hill in the small town of Portola, where the phrase “close to nature” really comes to life. Portola’s luscious forests provide the perfect backdrop for this exceptional log home that offers high-style mountain living.

The living room’s striking windows let admirers bask in the breathtaking Sierra Nevada views while relaxing near the rock fireplace. Rustic finishes and hand-hewn log accents play up the log cabin theme, while designer fixtures and high-tech features like the radiant floor heating system provide today’s modern comforts.


Storybook Charm



If you can’t get over the dream-like homes of Hansel and Gretel and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, then you’ll definitely fall head over heels for this Tahoe Park storybook home.

Situated in the popular town of Tahoe City, this log home offers residents and guests the ability to live out the simple life while being close to local businesses and the private Tahoe Park Beach.

The home’s vaulted ceilings, maple-wood interiors and expansive spaces are ideal for those who enjoy relaxation in any season.


Ideal Mountain Retreat


Defining the epitome of a log cabin is this Tahoe City beauty located in the lush forests of the Sierra Nevadas.

This mountain cabin features a modern yet antique look that is evident inside and out. The rugged features like the wood ceilings and floors, as well as touches of modernity like a top notch chef’s kitchen and a relaxing hot tub, make this the perfect modern mountain cabin.

What do you love most about log cabins? Let us know in the comments below.