Nevada City, California — Green Home For Sale

An OFF GRID custom home of the highest quality, with a carefully developed infrastructure. 5 bedroom septic system, with sufficient water and power for additional units. Massive off grid solar system with ample industry-standard backup generator. High output well, recently measured at 23+ GPM. Large solar water heater with propane on demand backup. Solar energy system housed in steel barn.(SELLER FINANCING is AVAILABLE)

Energy Efficient Home Green Home Healthy Home Sustainable Home Off the Grid Solar - Photovoltaic
Asking Price (USD) $889,000
Annual Property Tax $5,600
Annual Utility Cost $0
Home Area 2,875 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Total Property Area 8.2 acres
Year Built 2004

Listing ID: 20675

Property Description

Built to last generations, with all copper flashings, concrete siding and massive foundation with concrete rat barrier below decks. The house (2875 sq.ft.) and barn (1725 sq.ft.) are engineered above requirements for snow and wind loads. 

Designed and built by the present owner. Solid, 5/8" thick, vertical grain White Oak floors, with OPEN FLOWING FLOOR PLAN, combine with gorgeous old growth Redwood decks (milled on site) to bring the OUTDOORS INDOORS. The house is extremely well insulated and faces South for passive solar heating. The 8 foot glass French doors and large windows provide a great view of Nature in all directions. The windows, doors, baseboards and trim are all vertical grain Douglas fir. Three bedrooms with two master suites, with large walk in closets and three bathrooms, one of which has an extra-large Kohler Vintage soaking tub.

The kitchen has two stoves, side by side, with 4 ovens and 8 top burners. Stainless appliances, granite countertops, a walk in pantry and Knotty Alder cabinets. The center island has a 3 inch thick solid Maple countertop. Laundry room has an LG washer and dryer with granite countertop.

Phone: land line and cellular. Internet: Starlink included.                     

The STEEL BARN (1725 sq.ft.) has a concrete floor with embedded hydronic tubing (a potential option for heated floors). A 20 foot eave height makes a second floor possible. There are seventy two 214 watt Sun Power panels (15,408 watts) covering the entire South roof, with 12,000 lbs of batteries (129 kwh storage capacity) and a 45 kw Whisperwatt diesel backup generator in a separate generator house. The barn is complete with hot/cold water and septic hookup for a possible second unit. 240v power.  EV charging capability. 

The large 2 acre front yard (with 36 sprinklers on 30’ centers)  is perfect for volleyball, frisbee golf, BMX course, Etc. 

HIGH OUTPUT WELL, 23+ GPM and 6.9PH. Excellent for drinking. 

Twenty year old fruit trees, planted by the owner, in the Southwest corner of the front yard. One Cherry, one Asian Pear and four Apple. Blossoms in Spring and fruits in Autumn.

Propane: 2 five hundred gallon tanks, customer owned. 

NOTE: PG&E hookup available 10 feet from property, but not needed. 


What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

OFF GRID DONE RIGHT!  Maximum R value construction, South facing design for passive solar heating, a large solar water heater, a massive solar-electric system (with 240v EV charging capability) and LED lighting make energy management a relaxed affair.

A large wood-burning stove (custom made by a shipbuilder in Ft. Bragg) heats the home. The second floor is heated by the 14 inch steel chimney.

A thick layer of rich topsoil and Southern exposure makes this property a gardners' delight. Established fruit trees provide apples, Asian pears and cherries. 

If desired, everything needed for self-sufficient living is available here.

Neighborhood Description

This house is in the heart of a world class recreation area; 45 minutes to slopes, 25 min. to the Yuba River, 22 min. to Scotts Flat Reservoir boat launch. 5 min. to miles of world-class mountain bike trails. This gorgeous estate is only 20 min. from Nevada City, famous for many cultural and artistic events and activities. 

One mile further down Valencia Rd. and you come to National Park land in the Tahoe National Forest: access to an entire National Park from your front door. 

Current zoning around this property is 30 acre minimum parcel size; totally private, yet only 6 minutes from State Highway 20. 

Market Area

Nevada City is famous for many cultural and outdoor activities, farmers' markets, music, art and especially for the people of this area who are characterized by a strong sense of community, expertise and energy to deal with problems which many communities fail to deal with effectively. 

This is old gold mining country and the people still retain a measure of the self-sufficiency once required to live here. 

An important institution here is the community radio station KVMR, 89.5 FM, which provides vital information for services, emergencies, local events and also hosts a diversity of talk and music shows.

School District

The schools in Nevada County are among the highest rated in the country in both Elementary and High School. Sierra College also has a campus in nearby Grass Valley.

Wolman or Waldorf, you will find the type of school you need in this district.

Support is also available for those interested in homeschooling.


There is a wonderful community of people here dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of these amazing foothills. Diverse and welcoming to all races, religions and lifestyles, this particular neighborhood has a long history of inclusion, cooperation and mutual respect.

The neighbors of Valencia Road are in contact with each other, have an emergency warning system and the majority are full time residents. 

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

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 Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System
Whole House Filtration
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 Other
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Other
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Detached
Number of Cars 3
Garage Area 1725 sqft

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Contact Information

James Carraway

11468 Valencia Rd
Nevada City , US 95959 US