Green Homes for Sale - Crestone, Colorado Green Home

Crestone, Colorado — Green Home For Sale

This is a one and a half story straw bale house with three bedrooms, two baths, laundry room, and large, open kitchen/living room area. We used earthen plasters for both the exterior and the interior. It has an adobe floor downstairs.

Listing ID: 19660

  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Green Home
  • Straw bale
Asking Price (USD) $290,000
Annual Property Tax $1,900
Annual Utility Cost $2,100
Home Area 1,800 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 1.5 acres
Year Built 2003

Property Description

A one and a half story straw bale built with post and beam construction. We used all natural materials in construction including earthen plasters and recycled wood for the cabinetry. It sits on one and a half acres of wooded property with spectacular mountain views.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

We used all natural materials in construction. The straw bale walls give us an estimated R Value of 35, while the insulation in the attic is rated as R40. We have both passive and active solar systems for our heating needs. We have radiant in floor heat in our adobe floors.

Neighborhood Description

We live in a piñon/juniper forest at the base of 14000 foot peaks in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado. The Baca Grande development is sparsely populated; there are only four houses on our block. All utilities are underground. Most of the views from the house are of trees and mountains.

Market Area

The town of Crestone is an old mining town. It is very rural, but has two grocery stores, three restaurants, a credit union, a post office, and several small shops.

School District

The school district is Moffat RE2. There are two public schools. The Crestone Charter School is an experiential learning school, while the Moffat schools are more of the traditional type.


We live in the Crestone/Baca community. This is the town of Crestone and the Baca Grande development just south of town. It's a very diverse community with a lot of retirees as well as young families. There are several spiritual retreat centers here, many of them Buddhist, but also Hindu and Catholic. There is also a strong alternative healing community here.

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 Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Hybrid
Municipal Energy
Water System Municipal
Wastewater System Municipal

Construction Information

Construction Type Straw bale
Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Plaster - Earth
Interior Finish Earthen Plaster
Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Other
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Other
Recycled Denim Batt

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Carport Detached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 0 sqft