Green Homes for Sale - Salida, Colorado Green Home

Salida, Colorado — Green Home For Sale

Green Home For Sale, Chaffee County, Salida, Colorado. This is a truly eco-friendly, green home, built 17 years ago and completely off the grid.

Listing ID: 19337

  • Accessible Home
  • Green Home
  • Off the Grid
  • Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar - Photovoltaic
Asking Price (USD) $2,350,000
Annual Property Tax $1,900
Annual Utility Cost $300
Home Area 4,600 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 0 sq ft
Year Built 1995

Property Description

Fantastic home for sale in Chaffee County, Colorado. This is a truly eco-friendly, green home, built 17 years ago and completely off the grid. While we have never seen a need to tie into the grid, it is easy to do so. The power is less then 500 feet from the house.
The home is southwest style poured concrete, adobe and true stucco, earth bermed style mountain home on nearly 50 secluded treed acres bordering public lands on west and part of south borders and conservation easement on north. The land is fully fenced.

Most of the property has been maintained with firebreaks and the underbrush has been maintained. A large fenced in organic vegetable garden helps supplement the produce from the green house. Total Lot Size: Just under 49 acres in 2 adjoining parcels of approximately 39 & 10 acres.
Home Description: Re-enforced poured concrete with earth roof, true stucco exterior. The walls are a foot thick and domed ceilings through out are a foot thick. This has made for a very fire-resistant home. R value for walls is 65 and for roof is 60. Two large custom built triple pane sky lights, one in master bedroom and one in the bindery-studio.

Full 1.5 car attached garage with cold storage room which contains a 16 square foot Sunfrost DC powered upright double freezer.

The first floor of the home has an open floor plan with saltillo tile floors throughout, and a combination of used brick and barn wood accent several walls. All of the molding is white oak and the doors are custom made. Recessed ceiling lighting through out.
In addition to the green house heat mass the home contains a Heartland wood burning cook stove and a Vermont Castings wood stove in the living room as well as a parlor wood stove in the main bedroom.

The second floor has an art studio, bindery workshop and studio bedroom. The stairs are white oak including the railings.

A Four Seasons greenhouse wraps around part of the south and east side of the home. Four Seasons is the standard in the industry. The greenhouse is very efficient and contains a lemon tree. We have grown tomatoes, peppers and greens through January, even in the coldest of winters. The brick floor provides an excellent heat mass to help heat the home. A propane stove is in the green house for those extremely cold nights but has seen very little use.

The kitchen-dining room area is large and comes with a new Dacor Rennaisance 30 inch propane range. The range has been set for high altitude use. There is also a large wood burning Heartland cook stove. The refrigerator-freezer is a 16 cubic foot DC Sunfrost, custom built to match the blue kitchen cabinets. Kitchen countertops are marble. A large walk-in pantry is just off the kitchen and an island is in the center of the kitchen.

All of the windows and two sets of French Doors are top of the line, double pane, well insulated Peachtree brand.

The solar and wind systems were properly sized for the size and use of the property and power is provided by twenty six 40 watt solar panels which feed storage to 16 deep cycle Trojan batteries. Electric is further boosted by a Whisper Model H-40 wind turbine. The power is converted to standard AC via a Trace inverter. The property also has a backup Kohler 6.5 propane generator which is wired into the system. The generator has seen only an average of 150 hours of use a year. There is a 1000 gallon propane tank with the property. The earth roof has 2 large triple panel skylights and these result in a very open feeling while in the home.

The laundry area includes an energy and water efficient front load Kenmore washer, model HE3T.

The Master Bath and guest bathrooms have Kohler plumbing fixtures, large tubs and showers with hand painted Talavara Mexican tile.

The hot water for the home is provided by a three panel glycol system with a Agua Star on demand hot water system supplement.

Also on the property is a post and beam, cord wood wall, insulated 180 square foot sauna with true stucco on the outside. The heat is provided by a wood stove.

This home has been carefully designed and equipped to minimize both its energy requirements and footprint on the land. The design has enabled the photovoltaic, wind and passive solar systems to provide 90% of the home’s energy needs with little need for backup from the Kohler generator. We have averaged 200 gallons of propane a year.

The property has a drilled well which feeds a 4200 gallon capacity buried cistern system.

DSL high speed internet is on the property with a backup Hughes Net satellite internet on site which the new owner can activate if needed.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

This is a truly eco-friendly, green home, built 17 years ago and completely off the grid.
The home is southwest style poured concrete, adobe and true stucco, earth bermed style home. Walls and roof are a foot thick. Roof is earth with vegetation coverage. R value for both the walls and roof are 60 and in some areas higher.
All appliances are Energy Star Rated.
Heat is provided by the green house mass and highly efficient wood stoves.
All windows are double pane Peach Tree.
The photovoltaic system was properly sized for the home as is the solar hot water system.
Less then 300 gallons of propane are used each year.
No toxic paints or other materials were used in construction. The gardens and green house are strictly organic.

Neighborhood Description

You will have stunning 360 degree views which include the 14,000' Collegiate Peaks and the Buffalo Range and Mosquito Range to the north. The Little Cochetopa Creek is within 1200 feet and its upper portions contain excellent trout fishing. The South Arkansas River is within a mile and contains excellent fishing.

There are several other prime building sites on the property and if desired one can develop the property into two acre lots.
The property sits at 8000' in elevation and is surrounded

Market Area

Located in Chaffee County, Colorado, the property is close to the historic mining and railroad town of Salida which is rated one of the top 10 US small towns to live in as reported by Outdoor Magazine. This is true Colorado mountain living at it's best! Monarch Ski Area is 10 miles away, snow shoeing and cross country skiing are out your front door as are, both mountain and road cycling. White water rafting on the Arkansas River, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, ghost towns, mine tours, galleries

School District




Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

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Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area Yes
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 Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Off the Grid
Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Rain Water Collection
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Masonry/Concrete
Exterior Finish Stucco
Interior Finish Cement Plaster
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Tile
Roof Material Earth
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Insulation Material Other

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 550 sqft