With gabled roofs, decks, and plenty of funk, the A-frame has been an iconic American architectural style since its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, the style is also known for its value. While prices on chalets or cabins can soar into the millions, the A-frame remains relatively inexpensive across the United States. The good news for cabin hunters everywhere: cheap doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice perks.
While they can come in any size, the A-frame’s triangle-design allows for full-height living areas and cozy sleeping lofts with the bathrooms and utilities usually in the basement. It’s a floor plan perfect for getaways and enjoying the outdoors, especially when you throw in the A-frame’s signature deck.
To pay homage to the A-frame, we’ve rounded up 7 fabulous listings costing less than $300,000. A few might need interior updates, but all come with forest views, a bit of land, and loads of nostalgia.
1. Ten Sleep, Wyoming – $179,900
If you’re looking for peace and solitude, check out this 3-bedroom, 2-bath A-frame in Wyoming not far from the Big Horn Mountains. The home boasts 2,016 square feet and comes with a private well, fenced pasture, and beautiful views.
2. Jay, New York – $279,000
Located just 10 miles from skiing at Whiteface Mountain in upstate New York, this 2,404-square-foot A-frame has 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The 1977 house sits on 1.79 acres and features plenty of classic funk; wood paneling is everywhere and the bathroom features are a bright yellow. But don’t let the need for updating scare you. The home’s abundant windows, killer deck, and 2-car garage show plenty of promise.
3. Stockbridge, Vermont – $117,000
Yes, this 1970 A-frame needs some TLC. But with a price well under $200K and only 896 square feet to renovate, the property is a steal. It also sits on a 1 acre lot just minutes from the White River and about a 20-minute drive to Killington. The 2-bedroom, 1-bath interior is cozy, and we just can’t get enough of the wrap-around deck and skylights.
4. Flagstaff, Arizona – $249,900
Located in Kachina Village not far from downtown Flagstaff, this tiny A-frame could really be something with a bit of love. Surrounded by trees and featuring tongue and groove ceilings, the A-frame’s 1973 quirks (just check out the blue beams!) just add to the charm. A large deck and wood burning stove round out the 1-bedroom, 1-bath’s amenities.
5. Cherryfield, Maine – $145,000
The downside of this quaint A-frame from 1970 is that there’s no bathroom; the property boasts a separate shower and outhouse. But if you can imagine the house as a base for modified camping, we think this 2-bedroom, off-grid cabin could be the perfect Maine escape. On top of the picturesque forest landscape, you also get access to 376 feet of water frontage and a dock on the banks of Nicatous Lake.
6. Lake Arrowhead, California – $189,000
This recently remodeled A-frame in Rim Forest, California boasts 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and just over 1,400 square feet. The layout is all 1969 design, with parking for 2 or 3 cars and an open living room complete with wood burning stove, dining area and kitchen. Throw in forest views and a location just a few minutes drive from Lake Arrowhead and you’ve got yourself a well-priced vacation retreat.
7. Edgefield, South Carolina – $299,900
South Carolina might not be known for its A-frames, but this large, more modern version (it was built in 1990) shows how the classic style can be updated for modern vacationing. Located on 18 acres and bordered by national forest land, the 4-bedroom, 3-bath property also features a heated sunroom and large deck.