You’ve likely never heard of Happy Jack, Arizona—and that’s a good thing. The high-elevation community 40 miles south of Flagstaff is surrounded by public lands and little else, making it a great spot for anyone looking to buy a very private hideaway.
One example: The large cabin at 39112 Lake Mary Road that sits on 8.14 acres of unspoiled land at 7,500 feet above sea level. The Pioneer Log Home was hand-built in 2000 and holds five bedrooms in almost 5,000 square feet. The solid logs define the home inside and out, with accents such as a wooden eagle’s head peeking out from the front of the A-frame roof.
The remote location makes this a standout for anyone craving maximum privacy in the outdoors. It includes a half-acre pond, corrals and a fully fenced pasture as well as plenty of room for taking off in your four-wheel ATVs. The property is located next to the Coconino National Forest with 1.8 million acres of natural land, and close to Mormon Lake and Lake Mary to the north.
In the last century, Happy Jack was a logging camp with a peak population of 500 people. The camp didn’t last long, but the allure of living in the open country did. Today, it remains an unincorporated area with wide open spaces and an RV park that draws visitors to the cool climate and outdoor experiences.
Inside the cabin, large picture windows in the living room offer views of the meadow and thick pine forest beyond. The stone floor, built-in cabinets and fireplace stoke the comfy cabin vibe. The open-plan design leads to the kitchen, with modern appliances and a counter set on thick wooden logs, and the dining room.
A wide wooden staircase climbs upstairs to a large den and bedrooms with angled ceilings and windows with views that keep the outdoors close. The cabin also has guest quarters with a private entrance above the two-car detached garage. The home’s wide front porch enclosed by a wooden fence provides space for entertaining or a place to enjoy quiet sunsets and sunrises.
Although the property could be used for year-round living, selling agent Todd Morris envisions a potential buyer as a CEO seeking an impressive vacation hideaway. “No one would even know you were there,” Morris says of the location.
Property amenities include a private 1,800-foot well, backup generator, and security and camera system.