Los Gatos, California

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).

Green Home Off the Grid Photovoltaic (PV) Solar - Photovoltaic
$2,724 Annual Property Tax
$700 Annual Utility Cost
2,500 Square Feet
3 / 3½ Beds / Baths
10 acres Lot Size
1993 Year Built

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What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

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.

Property Description

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.

Neighborhood Description

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.

Market Area

Approx. 25 minute drive from the town of Los Gatos

School District

Los Gatos

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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)
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

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

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Wood Timber Frame
Exterior Finish Wood
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Carpet
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass
Urethane Foam

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 380 sqft

Listing ID: 19178