Custom straw bale house on a completely private, 35 acre wooded mountain site with magnificent views of the Wet Mountains and of Pike’s Peak. A classic survival property---but with charm and amenities.
Listing ID: 19332
|Asking Price (USD)||$375,000|
|Annual Property Tax||$761|
|Annual Utility Cost||$1,427|
|Home Area||2,300 sq ft|
|Total Property Area||35 acres|
Built with 24” wide straw bales, this one of a kind home stands on unusually secluded acreage---no other building, and no road, is visible in any direction, at any season of the year. Yet the site is only nine miles from a full service supermarket and 15 miles from an award winning hospital in Canon City, Colorado. Wildlife, including deer and elk, inhabit the property. A solar well, completely independent of the grid, delivers top quality water. The propane fired heating system is in-floor radiant. There are no overhead wires: all power lines have been ditched. The propane tank is underground.
A detached garage, 30 x 44 feet, matches the house in architectural style and has three bays for vehicles, a workshop area, and shelves for storing food, personal affects, and equipment.
The tongue and groove aspen ceiling peaks at seventeen feet, enhancing the sound of live instruments and of electronic music. The main room, 31 x 30 feet, has no partitions; by the placement of furniture, the area is divided into a living room, a formal dining space, an office and music space, and a kitchen (the kitchen cabinets are custom made of knotty alder). This open approach makes for a spacious feel, and enables the centrally located wood stove to operate so efficiently that the radiant system is turned on only when we leave the property to travel for more than a few days in winter. As a result, the annual propane bill, which covers hot water costs as well as home heating, has averaged $399.84 over the past three years.
Adjoining the main room is the guest bathroom; the master bed room, 15 x 16 feet; the master bath; and a walk-in closet. A 17 x 20 foot sleeping loft, above these rooms, is accessed by a spiral staircase.
A walk-in pantry/mud room/ laundry adjoins the kitchen.
The home requires little energy to heat because of the insulating properties of straw bale construction. It’s healthy because the porosity of the stucco and plaster used to cover the walls allows for constant, naturally filtered, air exchange.
Located in the Wet Mountains eight miles southwest of Florence, Colorado, our community is a collection of 35 acre parcels with quality homes, almost all of conventional construction.
We are within ten miles of the upper Arkansas River, a world class trout stream, and two miles from vast tracts of public mountain land, all of it wilderness. Colorado Springs is fifty miles away, over good highway.
Single Family - Single Level
|Agriculture in Area||No|
|Industry in Area||No|
|Air Pollution in Area||No|
|Cleaned with Green Products||No|
Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
|Whole House Filtration||
|Whole House Vacuum||No|
Solar - Photovoltaic
Wood Timber Frame
Asphalt Composition Shingle
Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
|Garage / Carport||Yes|
|Number of Cars||3|
|Garage Area||1300 sqft|