If you’re on the prowl for a super-cute second home nestled in the woods, we advise you to head for rural Tennessee.
Located in Athens, TN, which is an hour’s drive north of Chattanooga, this adorable one-bedroom, one-bath log cabin was an Airbnb smash. It’s listed with Mollie Morris of Weichert Realtors SEM Associates. The price? Only $85,000.
That’s a steep dive from the asking price of $265,000 in April last year. Built in 1900, the cabin has undergone a series of price cuts in the past 12 months to arrive at its current discounted price. It last changed hands in 2005 for $160,000, after two months of restoration.
With annual property taxes of only $895, this place is a sweet alternative to a condo with expensive monthly maintenance fees. What’s more, it pays for itself if you don’t happen to be living in it. The average nightly rate on Airbnb is $57.
Although the cabin only covers 609 square feet, you have plenty of room to spread out and chill on the nearly half-acre property. Start with the front porch, which has a custom railing fashioned from branches. There’s also a back porch, with enough room to hold a variety of furnishings for an outdoor living area.
Inside, the rock fireplace in the living room, horizontal planks on the walls, and a railing of branches that fronts the loft make this an artsy retreat. A barn door serves as the front door, painted a burgundy red. There’s a matching door off the kitchen, opening onto the back porch.
In the loft, where the bedroom is located, the cathedral ceiling and walls have shiplap-like finishes that are painted a distressed white, for shabby-chic appeal.
The shiplap effect is also used on the kitchen ceiling. The work done on the home has brought it out of rustic and into vogue. Note, for example, the dresser in the kitchen that has been repurposed into a sink stand. A clawfoot tub sits in the all-white bathroom, in acknowledgment of this property’s century-old roots.
If you’re a buyer in search of simplicity and a sweet deal, this tiny Tennessee residence may fit the bill.