1946 Steiner Log House in Sandy ‘Sold’ at $399,999 Gets a Quick View

Four days after putting a 77-year-old log house in Sandy up for sale, the offer was accepted and the contract was signed. The one-acre property caught the attention of home shoppers, drawn by the $399,999 asking price, and history buffs, who were thrilled to discover that the builder of the modest abode was legendary craftsman Henry Steiner.

Steiner and his family of Mount Hood carpenters and builders are known for designing and building sturdy, storybook-like log cabins that have withstood snowfall and, at times, owner neglect. Historians have documented 100 surviving log cabins on Steiner Mountain that were built from 1925 to 1952, most of them on the wooded grounds between Brightwood and the government camp.

With little money and no electricity, Henry, his wife Molly, and their eleven children scavenged timber and river rock, and used hand tools and pulley systems to build isolated mountain cabins. Sinks, windows, cast iron tubs, and hinges were the few store-bought items.

Mount Steiner homes are highly prized today for their durability, artistry, and hand-hewn character. Homes are passed down through generations and rarely sell. In September, a restored 1930 cabin on the ZigZag River in Rhododendron sold quickly for $620,000, $25,000 over the asking price.

The Steiner home on the market at 37080 SE Boitano Road doesn’t have the charming, practical features of mountain cabins of split logs used as steps alongside curved railings. This home was originally built for a family member of farmer and logger Artemus Dyal, said listing agent Matt Lagasse of The Broker Network.

“A rare opportunity to own a custom log home built by the Steiner family” on a street not lined with tall trees, Lagasse stated. “The Steiner name is synonymous with custom quality, structural integrity and rustic Oregon design. Each log is hand-peeled and only hand tools are used in its construction.

To learn more about the one-bedroom house with an unfinished basement, Lagasse invited Steiner expert, Lloyd Moser, to tour the 1,472-square-foot living space.

Moser is a curator at the Mount Hood Cultural Center and Museum and organizer of the popular Steiner Cabins summer tour. A new 104-page history book, “Steiner’s Log Cabins,” by Skeet Arrasmith, grandson of Henry Steiner, is available for $30 online at mthoodmuseum.org or in the museum gift shop.

Henry Steiner and his son, John, built three homes outside Sandy for the Dial family: in 1941 for Artemus and his wife, Vrona, followed by the house for sale, built in 1946, for one of Dial’s sons, and another in 1947 for another son, Moser said.

Unlike the Steiner Mountain log cabin, Sandy’s house has interior walls of pine boards and doors made of sawn boards, not logs. The fireplace surround is sandstone quarried from Confederated tribes on the Warm Springs Reservation in north-central Oregon, not basalt or river rock, Moser said.

The house has a small covered front porch and a large deck.

The property, which was last on the market in 1989, is “priced to sell and ready to be restored to its original splendor,” Lagasse said. Updates to the metal roof, well and septic systems were completed during the seller’s ownership, he said.

Annual property taxes are about $2,500.

—Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072

jeastman@oregonian.com | @Janet Eastman

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