Florence, Colorado — Green Home For Sale

Custom straw bale house on a completely private, 35 acre wooded mountain site with magnificent views of the Wet Mountains and of Pike’s Peak. A classic survival property---but with charm and amenities.


Listing ID: 19332


  • Green Home
  • Natural Home
  • Straw bale
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Asking Price (USD) $375,000
Annual Property Tax $761
Annual Utility Cost $1,427
Home Area 2,300 sq ft
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms
Total Property Area 35 acres
Year Built 2003

Property Description

Built with 24” wide straw bales, this one of a kind home stands on unusually secluded acreage---no other building, and no road, is visible in any direction, at any season of the year. Yet the site is only nine miles from a full service supermarket and 15 miles from an award winning hospital in Canon City, Colorado. Wildlife, including deer and elk, inhabit the property. A solar well, completely independent of the grid, delivers top quality water. The propane fired heating system is in-floor radiant. There are no overhead wires: all power lines have been ditched. The propane tank is underground.

A detached garage, 30 x 44 feet, matches the house in architectural style and has three bays for vehicles, a workshop area, and shelves for storing food, personal affects, and equipment.

The tongue and groove aspen ceiling peaks at seventeen feet, enhancing the sound of live instruments and of electronic music. The main room, 31 x 30 feet, has no partitions; by the placement of furniture, the area is divided into a living room, a formal dining space, an office and music space, and a kitchen (the kitchen cabinets are custom made of knotty alder). This open approach makes for a spacious feel, and enables the centrally located wood stove to operate so efficiently that the radiant system is turned on only when we leave the property to travel for more than a few days in winter. As a result, the annual propane bill, which covers hot water costs as well as home heating, has averaged $399.84 over the past three years.

Adjoining the main room is the guest bathroom; the master bed room, 15 x 16 feet; the master bath; and a walk-in closet. A 17 x 20 foot sleeping loft, above these rooms, is accessed by a spiral staircase.

A walk-in pantry/mud room/ laundry adjoins the kitchen.


What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The home requires little energy to heat because of the insulating properties of straw bale construction. It’s healthy because the porosity of the stucco and plaster used to cover the walls allows for constant, naturally filtered, air exchange.


Neighborhood Description

Located in the Wet Mountains eight miles southwest of Florence, Colorado, our community is a collection of 35 acre parcels with quality homes, almost all of conventional construction.


Market Area

We are within ten miles of the upper Arkansas River, a world class trout stream, and two miles from vast tracts of public mountain land, all of it wilderness. Colorado Springs is fifty miles away, over good highway.


School District

Florence, Colorado


Community

Florence, Colorado


Home Type or Land

Single Family - Single Level


Location of Home or Land

Rural


Elevation of Home

Mountain


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area No
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products No

Interior Environment

Heating System Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Wood Stove
Cooling System Swamp Cooler
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Municipal Energy
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Well
Wastewater System Other

Construction Information

Construction Type Straw bale
Wood Timber Frame
Exterior Finish Stucco
Interior Finish Cement Plaster
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Tile
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Insulation Material Other

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Detached
Number of Cars 3
Garage Area 1300 sqft