Grass Valley, California — Green Home For Sale

Still Available! Deck work in progress! Unique passive/active solar home on 3 acres designed by a local artist/architect. Many unusual and beautiful hand crafted features plus energy efficiency at a reasonable price (less than 300k)!

Listing ID: 19378

  • Green Home
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Asking Price (USD) $270,000
Annual Property Tax $1,300
Annual Utility Cost $500
Home Area 1,400 sq ft
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 3 acres
Year Built 1980

Property Description

This house was designed/built as a private home by a local artist/architect and constructed with old growth douglas fir and redwood. It includes many unusual, unique, and beautiful hand crafted features: stained glass, wooden spiral staircase, ceramic roman tub, cathedral wood beamed ceilings, and skylights throughout. Imagine viewing the moon while lying in bed! The kitchen, dining, great room, master bedroom and bath are downstairs. There are double wide closets and built-ins like entertainment unit and shelves to minimize the need for heavy furniture. A spiral staircase leads to the upstairs bedroom, bath and loft. The house has wood floors, beautiful ceramic tile countertops in the kitchen, wet bar, and bathrooms. The kitchen has plenty of cabinets and pantry for storage. The detached 2-car garage has workbenches and shelves. There is a “bonus” building with storage loft, electric and water hookups which although currently used for storage could be turned into a workshop, guesthouse or artist studio. The well has never gone dry here even during 7 year droughts and there is a nice spring bordering the property. Manifolds have been installed for irrigation/fire prevention around the house. All the plumbing components from the well to the house were replaced in the last 3 years including pipe to PEX tubing to prevent winter breakage/leaks. Beautiful sunset views from the deck, Apple and cherry trees, ample space for gardening behind deer-proof fence. Minimal low maintenance landscaping consists of native plants - juniper, tall pines, and live oak. Spring and seasonal stream on the bottom border of property.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Originally constructed as a passive solar home, an array of solar panels has been added that are “net grid tied" resulting in low or no electric bills. Grid-Tie Renewable Energy Systems are battery-less and you can sell energy back to the grid utility - watch your meter run backwards in the long CA summer! A greenhouse/solarium on the south side of the house is separated from the house with a concrete Trombe wall. The solar mass dampens the temperature swings in the house throughout the year. A breadbox style solar water heater assists in heating water in the hot water tank. Vents provide cooling on warm days as air is drawn through the house by natural convection and out the clerestory windows. On extra dry hot days, there is an evaporative cooler that can either be used as a “whole house” fan in the evenings or in lieu of air-conditioning as a “swamp cooler” to provide cool humid air in the dry season. On extra cold days, there is both a wood burning stove and high efficiency propane heaters (thermostat controlled) to provide additional heat. All heaters, coolers and appliances were selected for their energy efficiency. Skylights throughout the house provide ample natural light and reduce the need for electric lighting.

Neighborhood Description

Property is on a private road/community between highway 49 and the Alta Sierra subdivision. Property borders/overlooks Kimler Ranch which is slated by Nevada County to be a park. Restaurants, shopping, schools, cultural activities are 15 minutes either direction in the Gold rush era towns of Auburn or Grass Valley/Nevada City. The property is below the snow line at 2000 feet but above the “smog” line found at lower elevations in the central valley. Many outdoor recreation activities and festival

Market Area

This property is 3 hours from San Francisco and Oakland Bay Area. It is midway between the state capital Sacramento and the Tahoe ski resorts (1 hour each way) but does not carry the expense of those areas. It would be ideal for retirees, empty nesters, artists, or someone desiring a slower pace and tranquility without isolation.

School District

Bear River


Grass Valley/Auburn

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

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 Forced Air - Gas
Solar - Active
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Swamp Cooler
Ventilation System Other
Part of Cooling System
Whole House Fan
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Hybrid
Municipal Energy
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
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Tile
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Wood Single Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Detached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 400 sqft