Truckee, California — Green Home For Sale

Off Grid Jewel for the Sustainable Lifestyle of your Dreams! Beautiful, eco-conscious, "net zero" home w/attached greenhouse and five outbuildings on a park-like hilltop. Blissful home retreat from which to create your own earth-friendly legacy.

Listing ID: 20285

  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Green Home
  • GreenBuilt Home
  • Healthy Home
  • Natural Home
  • Sustainable Home
  • Off the Grid
  • Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Asking Price (USD) $850,000
Annual Property Tax $2,366
Annual Utility Cost $72
Home Area 3,671 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 5.7 acres
Year Built 1980

Property Description

Lovely three story active/passive solar home with integrated greenhouse. Other rooms include loft room with separate entrance, office, sitting room, cold storage pantry, tool room and laundry room. Decks on three sides of house to take in the Sierra Crest and mountain forest views. Hot tub with instantaneous LPG heater. Storage galore in abundant custom built-ins. Eco-friendly, high-end & re-purposed construction materials. Natural bright lighting from bountiful windows and three sky lights.  Non-toxic finishes inside and out for healthier inhabitants. Gorgeous stone hearth. All construction appropriately permitted and standards exceeded for increased longevity, more stability/safety during earthquakes and dry ground level during wet weather. Five outbuildings: 1) 10 x 18 double-doored storage building big enough for a car; 2) three-room building with electricity and water that has a loft room with galvanized pressure tank, loft, sink, shower and small wood stove, a generator room and a fire suppression equipment room; 3) double length 12 x 35 RV/carport with electricity and storage; 4) metal-roofed woodshed with attached small tractor/snowmobile carport and tool shed with working permitted outhouse; 5) spring house protecting the underground spring. Fenced yard, log swingset and heart-centered stone labyrinth near house. 2,500 gallon fire suppression water tank and two 500 gallon propane tanks. Privately perched on a south facing hilltop on 5.7 acres of open forest with Ponderosa and Jeffrey Pines, fruit trees and meadow below with seasonal creek.
Note: 2011 appraisal differs in sq. ft.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

.... Innovative thermal convection loops throughout home for optimal energy efficiency. Pole mounted photovoltaic solar panels provide home with total independence from outside energy sources; no fear of power outages! EPA II Rated Efficient Lopi Wood Stove; mass built into floor and walls for heat storage. Efficient convective water heating systems are thermal syphon, pump free, with pressure relief valves. 12 volt hot air ducting. Cold storage pantry room in daylight basement plus cold storage cabinet in kitchen are passively cooled for longer lasting food.  Double and Triple-paned windows for maximum energy conservation. Exterior insulation on the foundation. Elegant thermal crystal pleat honeycomb (double and triple) window shades for maximum insulation. Washer, dryer and refrigerator designed specifically for off grid. Air convection loop provides healthy ventilation and air circulation. Solar powered well pump at base of driveway.

Neighborhood Description

On the Eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada at 6,000 feet. Neighbors are friendly and "close enough," but not seen from the house. Nearby horses might nod to passers by. Chickadees, quail, bluebirds and other feathered friends frolic in the trees and open meadows. Deer bring their fawns to drink at the birdbaths and nap yards away. Owls and occasional coyotes serenade the sparkling stars at night. A mile and a half scenic walk from Stampede Reservoir. Serene and naturally peaceful.

Market Area

........A mountain tourist destination, Truckee has been described as "a real town with an unreal backyard." Its recreational opportunities, natural beauty, authenticity and arts/cultural offerings attract visitors from all over. Truckee has both a beautiful river and a railroad running through it, and several lakes around it--including Lake Tahoe a half hour away. Truckee's population is almost 17,000. Russel Valley is 15 minutes northeast of Truckee, with 62 lots from one to 140 acres.

School District

.....Tahoe Truckee Unified School District educates students in the Truckee and northern Lake Tahoe areas:
Number of schools: 12; Elementary Schools Alternative Schools: 5; 2; Middle Schools: 2; High Schools: 2


Truckee is "the gateway to the lake." With a rich history of saloons, gunslingers and Wild West fantasies, it keeps its local charm while hosting thousands of guests who visit each year. With nearby Donner State Memorial Park, an artsy downtown shopping area, a beautiful recreation/swim center and fun events, Truckee easily entertains visitors of all ages. Weekly Farmers Markets, Concerts in the Park and "Truckee Thursdays" provide enjoyable opportunities for families in the community to gather.

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Three 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 - Active
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Other
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 Composting Toilet
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 Carpet
Wood - Laminated
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Carport Detached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 420 sqft

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Contact Information

Carmen Carr

10091 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161 US
Telephone: (530) 448-1643

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