Real Estate

On Point: 5 Awesome A-Frame Abodes, All Priced Below $500K

There’s something about an A-frame that just exudes a cozy holiday vibe. You can almost catch a whiff of cedar and pine just by looking at them.

But not all A-frames get an A-plus. We found five on the market right now that are especially clever and cute—and they’re located in some of the most appealing spots across the country.

It doesn’t hurt that they’re also reasonably priced—all going for under $500,000. We even found one in Lampe, MO, that’s asking for a mere $165,000 and is within strolling distance of water sports galore.

We know that at this point in the year, you’re probably snuggled up inside with your favorite hot beverage. You can add to your cozy condition by taking a look at these quaint cottages, A-frame style.


Price: $485,000
Lakeside lair: This 1,488-square-foot cabin is perched on a peninsula along Clear Lake, the largest freshwater lake in California.

The cabin features two bedrooms, two baths, and a loft and can comfortably sleep up to eight people. The towering windows overlooking the lake allow plenty of sunlight to illuminate the spacious great room and loft.

Outdoors there’s a large deck with lake views. It can accommodate multiple tables and chairs for festive entertaining. There’s also a sturdy private boat dock and launch.

Underneath the cabin, there’s a garage, workshop, laundry room, and storage space. This ideal vacation home is within easy driving distance of Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Clearlake, CA



Price: $399,000
Country in the city: In this charming chalet, you might feel like you’re living in the woods, but you’re actually within walking distance of Gatlinburg’s eateries and shops.

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The all-wood design features two bedrooms and two baths on three levels. It includes a loft; the main level with a wood-burning fireplace in the great room and kitchen; and a lower level that can be used as a bedroom or studio or made into a guest apartment.

Recent improvements to the 1980 building include a new metal roof, windows, doors, carpet, light fixtures, and updated bathrooms. The sellers will even throw in some of the furniture.

Gatlinburg, TN



Price: $165,000
Small but mighty: This adorable little one-bedroom and one-bath measures only 450 square feet, but it’s packed with conveniences. Appealing amenities include full-sized stainless-steel appliances, sliders leading to a picturesque deck, a bedroom with outside access, and a sleeping loft.

Located in the popular Black Oak recreation area, it’s a stone’s throw from the Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater and the town of Lampe. It’s also just about an hour away from Springfield, making it the ideal getaway.

The 1974-built structure comes with a little lot across the street, with room enough to fit your car. And it’s just a quick walk to the public boat ramp.

Lampe, MO



Price: $425,000
Cabin class: Serving all your year-round vacation needs, this compact home can be a ski chalet in the winter and a mountain retreat for hikers and bikers in the summer.

Built of old-growth cedar, the cabin has been tastefully updated with new light fixtures and a modern kitchen with a bar. It already contains a bedroom, a generous sleeping loft, and an expansive deck.

The charming cabin also has the advantage of being located in the gated community known as Snowline, with amenities such as a pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, and full-time management and security.

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Glacier, WA



Price: $489,000
Ranch-ready: This property not only includes a spacious three-bedroom, two-bath A-frame, but it also sits on over 8 acres of land with a meadow, a chicken coop, and a barn.

Perhaps most intriguing of all, Crystal Creek runs right through the property, allowing ice skating on the creek in the winter and fishing in the summer. You can also enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and hunting right on the property.

The 2,352-square-foot interior includes a main floor with an open living-dining area, a wood-burning fireplace, a kitchen, a primary bedroom, and a bath.

Downstairs, there’s a large den with two sets of bunk beds, a game room area, a bathroom, a laundry room, a storage room, and a vault. The top-floor loft comes with an open sleeping area and a private bedroom. All in all, it easily sleeps 12 people, perfect for a family retreat or year-round living.

Crawford, CO



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