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Teardown Oakland hills log cabin asks $625K

Parents of future presidents, apply now.

The term “log cabin” is almost proverbial in America, less likely to reference an actual domicile so much as a gold-tinged dream about the days of yore.

But here’s a real, honest log cabin in the Oakland hills at 7135 Pinehaven Road, part of the Merriwood neighborhood. And it even dates to 1890, according to the ad—not quite the days of the great California frontier, but close.

This one goes down in the books as a one bed, one bath, 950 square foot house sitting on a comparably enormous 26,000 square foot lot (actually three lots in an L-shaped parcel, almost all of it hillside), which listed this week for $625,000.

And it appears that the hill itself is the main attraction here, as realtor Brandon Yager writes:

Unique development opportunity for extended family or communal living group desiring to build multiple houses together. Cabin is a possible fixer but best use would be a teardown and construction of new dream property. Quiet, private, wooded ambiance with variety of usable yard areas. Three easy build down slope lots to be sold together.

Yes, it turns out the cabin is actually yet another Bay Area teardown set to potentially break the bank, this time in disguise.

Conditions in the 1890 home are such that the listing includes no interior photos of the space; guess there really is no going back to the days of the great frontier after all.