Escondido, California — Green Home For Sale

The views are panoramic overlooking several different communities, hills, mountains, oak forests, and a view of the Pacific ocean on clear days. Beautiful sunsets are almost a daily occurrence and there is abundant wildlife including deer.

Listing ID: 19964

  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Green Home
  • Healthy Home
  • Sustainable Home
  • Straw bale
  • Off the Grid
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Annual Property Tax $4,847
Annual Utility Cost $420
Home Area 2,450 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Total Property Area 11 acres
Year Built 2012

Property Description

A straw bale sustainable home pinned to a giant boulder with a huge great room, vaulted ceilings through out and huge master bedroom with large en-suite bath. The exterior is treated for color, not painted and each interior room is insulated for quietness. Views, views, views. Quiet, quiet, quiet. A beautiful, restful, perfect getaway at the end of a busy day. There are over 25 citrus and fruit trees as well as shade and decorative trees all watered from the well. The garden produces year around and is enclosed. Everything is drip or irrigated underground to save water.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The perimeter crawl space foundation is Insulated Concrete Forms consisting of 100 yards of concrete and insulated to R-40. The external walls are straw bale more than 2' thick and rated at R-50. Gable ends are double insulated to R-40 as well as the ceilings. Domestic hot water is provided by a tank-less water heater backed by solar hot water. Heat is both wood stove and hot water radiators fueled by a propane tank-less boiler. Cooling is passive and assisted by natural cool breezes and ceiling fans.This home is powered by 45 150 watt panels producing up to 82 Kilowatts per month. The system is backed up by 12 1100 AH batteries that run the home at night and a 15 KVA propane generator. Propane is the only outside energy source and it averages less than $35 per month. All appliances are regular energy efficient and is equipped just like any other home.

Neighborhood Description

This home is located in a quiet rural area with very low traffic. The unpaved access road is private and maintained by the residents. The house is located on the West side of a small mountain chain overlooking several San Diego County communities, including, Del Mar, San Marcos, Poway, Rancho Bernardo and San Diego. Stunning sunsets, views of the ocean, and city lights are standard from the large wrap around deck and windows. Watch fireworks on the fourth of July while sipping a drink.

Market Area

The house is only 10 miles from Escondido city center, 20 miles to the Pacific beaches, 30 miles from downtown San Diego. Safari Park is only two miles as the crow flies, but not visible. There is access to everything that a large metropolitan area would have to offer; shopping, professional sports, major universities, theater, dinning, night life, etc.

School District

All of the schools are Valley Center and rated 8 out of 10.


The friendly people who live here are independent and self sufficient. Mostly quiet and reserved, they keep to themselves. The nearest neighbor is more than a fifth of a mile. We are surrounded by open space, high chapparell and oak trees wiith lots of horse, bike and hiking trails. The wildlife is abundant including deer, gray foxes, owls, red tail hawks, bobcats, quail, cyotes, etc.

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Single Level

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

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

Interior Environment

Heating System Other
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 Straw bale
Exterior Finish Stucco
Interior Finish Earthen Plaster
Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Wood - Laminated
Roof Material Tile
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Detached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 900 sqft