Five-Figure Fridays: A Smallwood Log Cabin with Three Bedrooms for $99K

  |  March 17, 2023

It’s Five-Figure Friday, a day of great potential (as well as, this week, falling on St. Patrick’s Day).

And this Smallwood, Sullivan County, three-bedroom has a ton of potential. But you’ll need a hefty dose of good luck (and maybe part of a pot of gold) to help bring it back up to snuff. If you’re a log cabin fan, this is your jam. And it’s relatively big, at 1,280 square feet.

Welcome to the 1970s and Early American decor. The living room is a nice size, with a cathedral ceiling. The carpeting needs to go (perhaps there’s hardwood underneath?). The collapsed corner of the ceiling reveals the need for a new roof, too.

But that stone fireplace is a keeper. And we love that slim casement window next to it. Skinny wood beams cross the ceiling near its peak.

Similar beams appear in the kitchen, which also has skylights. There’s room here for a full table and chairs; if renovated with a brighter color scheme, it could be dazzling.

A pass-through and an adjacent doorway lead to this tiny breakfast room and the huge screened porch.

The primary bedroom is big, although it needs new flooring and a new ceiling. But hefty beams cross the peak here, too.

And it’s got double closets.

We’re kind of digging the plaid carpeting—we wouldn’t keep it, but we’d sure try to replicate it, for old times’ sake.

It’s here in the third bedroom, too. And we knew we’d find wood paneling somewhere in the house.

If you get bored in the bathroom, you can always just read the (wall)paper. As whimsical as this is, we probably wouldn’t keep it, though. The home’s only bath has a slim shower stall and a single-sink vanity that we’d renovate., given the chance.

Smallwood is a mix of year-round and seasonal homes surrounding Mountain Lake, a human-made lake originally dug in the late 1920s. It’s under a 10-minute walk from the house to the beach and boat dock here (no gas-powered engines are allowed on the lake).

The punchlist is long with this house: A new roof is needed; a well permit was once available, but no well was dug; it’s unclear whether the house has a septic system or cesspool. But it sits on a half-acre corner lot. If you’re willing to dive in, this home deserves to be loved back to life.

Find out more about 66 West James Avenue, Trail 103X, Smallwood, from Fredric Williams with Malek Properties.

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