Off-the-grid 3 bedroom 3.5 bath solar home located in mountains of San Francisco Bay Area. Secluded and remote, yet only 30 minutes from Silicon Valley. Redwoods, oaks, 10 acres (1 acre deer-fenced).
Completely off the grid user-friendly electrical system: 2 PV solar arrays producing approx. 1.6 Kw. One array is mounted on Wattsun dual-axis sun tracker; one array is on roof. Kohler 8.5 Kw LPG generator is integrated into the system for electrical backup.
Hot water: 14 Grumman hot water panels supply water for domestic use (kitchen and bath) and radiant heat floor system. Water is stored in a 1500 gal stainless steel storage tank which has a built-in wood-burning boiler for back-up.
Hot water circulating system for efficient water usage.
Windows are all dual-pane - either heat-mirror, or low-e.
Drip watering system on deck and surrounding area.
Bank of trees on west reduces summer sun.
Passive solar heat in winter through solarium and kitchen.
Solar hot water radiant heat on main floor.
Lower level is built against hill and is generally 10 - 20 degrees cooler in summer than rest of home.
Beautiful off-the-grid cedar log home, approx. 2500 sq ft, on 10 acres, approx 1 acre of which is deer fenced. Large octogonal fenced garden. Area around home, garden and workshop is cleared, with remaining acreage naturally wooded with seasonal stream. Several trails for hikers. Mountain and canyon views. Borders 80 acres of timber preserve zone. 2.6 miles from main road. Open-beam vaulted ceilings, 3 br, 3.5 bath, 3 levels, carpet and tile floors. Wood burning stove and solar hot water radiant heat on main floor. Approx.1700 sq ft of multi-level decking. Attached 2-car garage PLUS detached oversized 660 sq ft garage with workshop. Water provided by spring and well. Home has the advantages of seclusion since it is on a private (shared) road, but yet very close to Silicon Valley (nearest town is Los Gatos, approx. 25 minutes away). Fire sprinkling system in all 3 levels. Engineered for 8.0 earthquake. Many extras including 2 refrigerators, washer and dryer, murphy bed, plenty of built-in storage space.
Located near Skyline Boulevard and Bear Creek Road, close to David Bruce Winery and Byington Winery. Mountainous land with lovely redwood and oak forest.
Part of a gated 30-parcel road association. From the main road, there is approx. 2.4 miles of winding paved and/or graveled road to the home, which is located at the end of a spur road so there is no drive-by traffic. No other homes are visible from this property. Bordered on the west by 80 acres, and on other sides by10 acres each. Very supportive and friendly neighbors.
Approx. 25 minute drive from the town of Los Gatos
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|Industry in Area
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|Cleaned with Green Products
Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Solar - Passive
|Whole House Filtration
|Whole House Vacuum
Off the Grid
Solar - Photovoltaic
Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Wood Timber Frame
Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Solid
Asphalt Composition Shingle
Wood Dual Glazed
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Listing ID: 19178