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Region’s rustic side shown on HGTV’s ‘Log Cabin Living’

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Micki Tapper, left, talks options with clients Valerie and Ted Moran on HGTV’s ‘Log Cabin Living.’
HGTV/ Micki Tapper, left, talks options with clients Valerie and Ted Moran on HGTV’s ‘Log Cabin Living.’

Log cabin living can offer a distinctive experience for families.

It’s such an unusual style of housing that Micki Tapper, an agent with Century 21 Keim Realtors of Allentown, specializes in its sale.

“You have to have a passion for it,” she said. “It’s a lifestyle.”

It’s also an interesting-enough concept that cable network HGTV has its own show on the housing style, titled appropriately enough, “Log Cabin Living.”

The two came together recently when Tapper and her clients, Valerie and Ted Moran of Freehold, N.J., were asked by the network to appear in an episode of the program titled “Escape to the Poconos.”

In the episode, Tapper shows her clients three log cabin properties in the region, one each in Lehighton, Pocono Lake and Palmerton.

The couple ultimately chose the home in Palmerton, which quickly won their hearts on the show.

“I really love this view,” Valerie Moran said on the show while looking out one of its windows. “I love the fixtures, everything. It doesn’t really need anything.”


Tapper said she met the Morans through her other job as a vacation rental specialist. She and her husband Gene Tapper own Lehigh Valley Vacation Rentals and rented a log cabin to the Moran family, which was in the area for a wedding at Blue Mountain Resort.

The family members said they loved all of the outdoor activities and skiing available in the area and fell in love with staying in a log cabin.

“It really just felt right for us,” Ted Moran said on the show.

So they decided to buy a log cabin for a family vacation home.


Tapper is a resort and second-home certified Realtor who specializes in not only log cabin homes but rustic. She was happy to help the family find a log cabin of its own.

She said appearing on the HGTV show wasn’t just great exposure for her as a real estate agency; it also was a lot of fun.

“It was an amazing experience, but it was tiring,” she said. “Luckily, my buyers were awesome and fun.”

Would she do it again?

“Yes I would,” she said, saying she’s a big fan and regular viewer of HGTV shows.


Part of Tapper’s expertise comes from experience. Tapper and her husband ran the KOA log cabin campground in New Tripoli for many years, and they live in a log cabin.

“We fully understand the building and maintenance involved in a log cabin home,” she said.

While there are challenges, in Tapper’s opinion they’re all worth it for the relaxed style of living.

The program aired Feb. 10 on HGTV and now be viewed on the network’s HGTV app.

The show and the sale were a success, she said. The Morans bought the Palmerton log cabin, which was listed at $315,000, for $290,000.

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