Pioneer, California

Custom "Green" off-the-grid home on 40 private, wooded acres in Amador County.

Green Home Photovoltaic (PV)
$3,200 Annual Property Tax
1,850 Square Feet
2 / 2 Beds / Baths
23 acres Lot Size
2003 Year Built
Single Family Property Type

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The home is built on 2X6 frames and fully insulated. Double pane windows add to the heating and cooling retention. The solar system panels "track" the sun to power the 24 deep cycle batteries. Propane serves the refrigeration, range, oven, water heaters (2) and clothes dryer. This self dependence requires no unsightly power poles or tree clearance. Well water is lifted by a 48 volt DC pump to a 3800 gallon tank 80 feet above the house level. It is all automatic with no motor driven pumping engine necessary. There is a 3" pipe fire hydrant on the driveway in case of emergency.

Property Description

Just reduced, this 40 acre parcel and home are completely private on an owner/association maintained dirt and gravel road. The home is off the grid so there are no utility bills. Solar panels track the sun, batteries store power, and 120 volts AC is created through a Zantrac inverter. There is also a 4000 watt Lister Peter diesel generator which can be remotely activated from the house. There is grid power available, about 1/4 of a mile away if a buyer is interested in paying PG&E a fee to run it to the home. The house features a "great room" with modern kitchen, dining area, wooden floors, custom office and work space and 40 X 10 foot deck offering views. A Hearthstone wood stove plus a Monitor kerosene heater keep the 1850 sq.ft. house warm and cozy. The property has a year-round spring and running creek. It is 10 minutes to the local market, 45 minutes to Kirkwood Ski Resort and 90 minutes to Lake Tahoe. The attached garage holds 3 cars and has a workshop. A large storage shed and guest cottage are included. A newly completed pond at the rear of the home (complete with Koi) enhances the westerly view of the wooded surroundings. In addition, Ashland Creek runs for 750 feet on the northern border of the acreage and, as this is Gold Country, there may be some nuggets to be found! This property is "one of a kind" and completely unique, offering privacy, seclusion and wooded surroundings for a perfect retreat.

Neighborhood Description

The home and property are located in Sherwood Forest, Amador County in the village of Pioneer. It is 1 1/2 miles off Highway 88 and Sugar Pine Drive. The house is in the middle of 40 acres of pine, oak and madrone forest and over-exceeds fire safety requirements.

Market Area

The largest town in Amador County is Jackson, the county seat. It is 20 miles from the property. Jackson has Safeway, Raleys, Wal-Mart. Kmart, Lowes, hardware stores, a cinema, etc. Buckhorn Market is in a small community a few minutes away on Highway 88. There are also several restaurants nearby.

School District

Amador County


Sherwood Forest

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


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 Wood Stove
Cooling System Swamp Cooler
Ventilation System Whole House Fan
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Photovoltaic (PV)
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
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 3
Garage Area 1125 sqft

Listing ID: 18793