Green home building is growing at an incredibly fast rate. According to the National Association of Home Builders’ report, Green and Healthier Homes: Engaging Consumers of All Ages in Sustainable Living: nearly one-third of home builders report that they are currently doing more than 60% of their projects green, and over half expect to be doing that level of green work by 2020.
The U.S. Green Building Council claims that “more than half of consumers rank green and energy-efficiency as top requirements for their next homes.” Sound like you? You’re not alone in your search to buy an environmentally-friendly home. Luckily, with the growing demand for these types of homes, there are now websites dedicated to helping you in your search for finding your dream green home. Read on to learn about 5 eco-friendly home search sites and a featured home from each of them.
Green Homes For Sale has a huge and varied listing of green and energy-efficient homes, conveniently sorted by category. Use the categories list on the left of the page to browse: energy-efficient homes, adobe homes, Earthship homes, green pre-fab homes, off-the-grid homes, solar homes, straw bale homes, LEED homes, and many more. Or, use the search function to find a home of specific size or location.
Green Homes for Sale featured home: Julian, California Off-The-Grid Cabin Getaway
As you enter this home, you may think you stepped into Amazing Cabin Getaways magazine! From the elevated foyer, the great room of this amazing home opens up wide below with the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace taking center stage flanked by six-pane windows offering expansive panoramic views of Peckham Ranch and beyond. Custom built in 2005 with the nature in mind, this self-sufficient home is equipped with solar panels, a 12-kv battery-operated generator, energy-efficient 6-pane windows, 2 water wells, and more.
Asking price: $549,000 USD
Annual Utility Cost: $200
Home Area: 2,421 sq ft
Total Property Area: 12 acres
Year Built: 2005
This is one of the largest and most comprehensive sites specifically for eco and energy-efficient home listings, averaging approximately 4,000 active listings nationwide. Have some very specific green home specifications in mind? Viva Green Homes’ search engine offers checkboxes for prized home features such as LEED-certified, EnergyStar, solar, net-zero, and more. In addition, the homes are rated with a custom Viva Green Score (1-5) to help illustrate how green and efficient the homes are. On Viva Green Homes, you’ll find eco-friendly homes with a variety of Viva Green scores in a variety of price ranges.
Asking price: Negotiated
Year built: 2010 with updates in 2016
Eco Features: net-zero ready, solar, passive heating & cooling, rainwater collection system, recycled metal roof, over 25% certified sustainable or recycled interior finishes with little to no off-gassing, and more.
Viva Green Homes featured home: San Diego, CA Eco-Green Straw Bale Home
This straw bale home, designed by Hubbell and Hubbell, was built in 2010 and features an impressively long list of eco-friendly features without sparing luxuries like a pool and spa. The property boasts a large, verdant yard near hiking trails with stunning panoramic views while still being within 2 miles of public transportation. According to Viva Green Homes, this home is a favorite on green home tours!
Like VivaGreen Homes, Green Home Finder has a unique green rating to help give you an idea of how sustainable each home is. Though it has fewer overall listings than the previously mentioned home-finding sites, there doesn’t seem to be an overlap, so you’ll still want to check out this site to make sure you aren’t missing the perfect home for you.
Green Home Finder featured home: Mancos, CO Chicken Creek Canyon Home
This log home, perched on the edge of Chicken Creek Canyon, features breathtaking mountain views and some great eco-friendly features. The two decks for relaxing (with million-dollar views), hot tub, photovoltaics (solar electric), solar hot water, passive solar heat, and much more are features that make this home the ideal woodsy & eco-friendly getaway.
Asking price: $420,000 USD
Type: 2-Story Log Home
Home Size: 2 bed, 2 bath, 2183 sq/ft
Lot Size: 30.00 acres
Year Built: 1984
Eco Features: “chemical-free” chemically sensitive features, double-pane windows, natural daylighting, wood ttove gasketed, ionizing water filter, native vegetation, xeriscape requiring no irrigation, and more.
While Sotheby’s is not a strictly green real estate company, they have a great eco-friendly filter that features homes demonstrating eco-extravagance at its finest. Narrow your search down to homes with stunning luxury features such as private lakes, oceanfront locales, mountain views, indoor pools, and even private airports! While many of these incredible homes are priced in the millions, there are still plenty of more affordably-priced homes listed, as well.
Sotheby’s International Realty featured home: Occidental, CA Gray Fox of the Redwoods
Gray Fox of the Redwoods is a sun-drenched, tranquil artisan retreat located near the quaint village of Occidental. This private paradise is set amongst majestic redwoods, vibrant rhododendrons, and stunning raised garden beds. In addition to the main home, there is also a detached studio and workshop.
Asking price: $899,000
Square ft: 1,986
Eco Features: reclaimed wood deck, reclaimed barn wood kitchen cabinets, natural lighting, hot tub enclosure made from reclaimed prune drying trays, and more.
If you’re specifically seeking a tiny home (typically 180 square ft. or less), Tiny House Listings is perfect for you. Use this site to find tiny house builders in your area, as well as already-built tiny homes for sale or for rent. In addition, you can choose whether you’d like your home to be stationary or on-wheels. The interactive map gives a great overview of where the tiny homes are located and will help you mentally map out which options would be best for you.
Tiny House Listings featured home: Pleasant Grove, UT 8x20 Crosswinds Tiny Home
Move into a surprisingly spacious tiny home like this one and watch your monthly bills disappear. This gorgeous tiny-home-on-wheels features a skylight, ceiling fans, washer-dryer combo, dishwasher, bay window, french door, 2 lofts, 32″X32″ shower stall, and more.
Asking price: $35,000 OBO
Bedrooms: 1 (loft only)
Square ft: 180
Eco Features: incinerating toilet, 60-gallon water tanks, tankless water heater, smart siding, R15 Roxul insulation, double pane energy-efficient windows, and more.
Check out these links to learn more about environmentally friendly homes:
- A Brilliantly Easy Way to Design an Affordable Eco-Home
- How Having a Tiny House Can Actually Help the Earth
- A Peek Inside Net-Zero Homes of the Future
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