Tamworth, Ontario

Stunning private retreat in the Canadian Shield. Solar-powered, 3000 sq.foot estate on 100 acres with pastures, hiking, wildlife, privacy.

Green Home Off the Grid Solar - Photovoltaic
$3,000 Annual Property Tax
$3,000 Annual Utility Cost
3,000 Square Feet
4 / 2 Beds / Baths
23 acres Lot Size
1983 Year Built
Single Family Property Type

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

This is a solar-powered home.\r\n\r\nThe house is all set up for a family of four, and the present owners have continually upgraded the system over the last ten years to be state-of-the-art, reliable, and efficient.\r\n\r\nEighteen DC solar panels charge six nearly-new batteries. An inverter takes DC power from the batteries and turns it into regular household AC power. A convenient meter in the kitchen tells you what is coming in from the panels, what you are using in the house, and the reserve power left in the batteries.\r\n\r\nThe current owners have computer, televisions, washer & dryer, microwave, table saw, so off-the-grid doesn’t mean sacrificing lifestyle. It means a smaller footprint and no more hydro bills.\r\n\r\nThe solar panels are ten years old with a typical 30 or 40-year lifespan. The batteries are top-of-the-line, three years old with a pro-rated guarantee of 10 years.\r\n\r\nThe batteries hold enough power for 2-4 days when fully charged, depending on usage. A back-up generator in its own heated, partially underground building turns on at the flip of a switch to recharge the batteries when needed.\r\n\r\nThis is a complete, well-maintained power system designed for convenience and efficiency. The current owners are happy to be available to answer questions, explain the functioning, and make sure you also have reliable, worry-free use.

Property Description

Off-the-Grid Country Serenity \r\n\r\nYou feel the weight floating off your shoulders as soon as you set foot on this unique gem. Solar-powered, 3,000 square-foot house with attached two-car garage on 100 acres on both sides of the road for privacy and security. Dining room overlooks pond. Three gardens. Sleeping cabin, fenced pastures, good barn and outbuildings, woodlot, rolling hills, beaver ponds, walking trails, walnut grove. Pesticide-free, clean air and water. Say “goodbye” to stress and hydro bills on this quiet country estate.\r\n\r\nThe House\r\n\r\n3,000 square feet, rustic pine and hardwood floors throughout\r\nBuilt around an original reconstructed 1875 log home\r\nRecovered materials used in some flooring & doors\r\nFour bedrooms\r\nTwo baths, 1 tub, 1 shower\r\nLarge country kitchen with cookstove\r\nPantry, living, dining, parlour, games/music room with pool table\r\nSecond-floor laundry room and clothesline balcony\r\n15 X 15 woodworking shop with at-grade entrance\r\nAttached two-car garage\r\nCold storage room\r\nScreened porch\r\nIn-floor and hot water baseboard heating\r\nHigh efficiency windows throughout – low-E, triple-glazed, argon filled\r\n\r\nThe Solar-Powered Energy System\r\n\r\nSolar modules: 18 x 75w = 1350 w\r\nSurrette Batteries: 2770 Ah lead-acid\r\nTrace Inverter: 2500 w S/W\r\nOne-cylinder, 5.5 kw propane-gasoline generator\r\nHeated, underground generator house\r\nAmp-hour meter\r\nTwo MPPTs, Solar Boost and Outback\r\nOne MX-60 Charge Controller\r\nCabling and heating element for diversion load to heat water\r\n\r\nThe Property\r\n\r\n100 acres on both sides of the road 40/60\r\n\r\nSleeping cabin for four\r\nHouse overlooks pond with goldfish, ducks\r\nGood 30x30, 2-story barn, two additional outbuildings\r\n15 acres split rail fenced for cattle, horses, sheep\r\n68-tree walnut plantation\r\n700-foot airstrip plus ultralight hanger\r\nTwo fenced vegetable gardens: 80x80 and 40x80\r\nRock garden, raised bed kitchen gardens\r\nBeaver ponds, woodlot, walking trails\r\nCompleted Ministry of Natural Resources Stewardship Plan for encouraging wildlife\r\nAbundant bird life plus waterfowl, bear, deer, coyote, beaver, mink, fox, fisher, muskrat

Neighborhood Description

This estate is located in the Canadian Shield, half-way between Toronto and Montreal. Surrounding properties are semi-wilderness, occasional recreational use. No farms, factories, or development. Abundant lakes, rivers, wildlife, primary and second-growth forest. No snowmobile or four-wheel trails nearby.

Market Area

15 minutes north of Tamworth (school, bank, community centre, arena, restaurants, liquor store, grocery store, etc.), a farming community of 400. 35 minutes to 401 expressway. 1 hour to Kingston or Belleville. 2 hours to Ottawa, 3 hours to Toronto.

School District

Lennox & Addington


Tamworth/Stone Mills

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


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 Yes

Interior Environment

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

Energy & Water

Energy System Off the Grid
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Wood
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Insulation Material Air Crete
Cotton Batt

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 700 sqft

Listing ID: 18015