Westcliffe, Colorado — Green Home For Sale

1,656 square foot active/passive solar Colorado Mountain home on ~37 spectacular acres. Western living in the Colorado mountains: ski, hike, ATV, ride your horses, camp, fish, hunt.....only 45 minutes to Pueblo.

Listing ID: 19022

  • Green Home
  • Off the Grid
  • Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Annual Property Tax $1,128
Annual Utility Cost $500
Home Area 1,656 sq ft
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 23 acres
Year Built 2005

Property Description

This passive & active solar retreat commands a spectacular view of the usually snow-capped Sangre DeCristo Mountains. You're surrounded by wonderful ponderosa pine, fir, spruce, and pinion trees as well as aspen groves. Towering rock formations rise hundreds of feet just north of the house. On almost 37 acres, the solar electric power is generated by 12 Kyocera 120 watt photovoltaic panels into 12 Trojan deep cycle batteries and a Xantrex SW4024 inverter, assisted by a Blue Sky Solar Boost 50 controller, providing free power throughout the home. On rare occasions a fully automatic Sentry-Pro (Gillette) 11,000 watt propane generator provides back-up power.

The heating system, as well, has multiple redundancies. Primary heat is attained through passive solar design. Earth ship design has much of the bermed exterior below grade, providing continuous ~55 degree heat from the ground. Passive southern orientation delivers solar warming to the concrete floor & walls, Clayote interior wall finish system and concrete countertops inside. The great room Breckwell pellet stove and multiple propane wall heaters provide a rarely needed back-up.

The hot water system is supplied by two Edwards active collectors and storage tank on the roof. This system, as well, has a redundant Aqua Star instantaneous propane water heater providing 105,000 BTUH of on-demand hot water in case of infrequent cloudy conditions.

This home has been lived in for barely six months since its construction and offers quality construction throughout. It has Kohler sinks and toilets, Hunter ceiling fans, solid core six-panel doors, 6" horizontal cedar exterior siding, 3" pine ceiling planking, quality Norcraft hardwood cabinetry, wonderful copper and stained glass light fixtures and multiple operable Velux skylights throughout.

For your convenience there is an installed DirecTV satellite dish, telephone land-line, available wireless internet service and a wrap-around landscaped front patio with pergola with bar-b-que. The oversized two car garage with two Overhead Door garage doors is, of course, finished. COAX TV jacks, telephone jacks, AC/DC smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are provided.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Active photovoltaic power generation and solar collector hot water supply. Bermed 'earth-ship' design and southern exposure for solar loading.

Neighborhood Description

Rural Colorado covenanted community with 80+ property owners each owning minimum 35+ acre lots (Dilley Ranch Subdivision) located on western facing slopes of the Wet Mountains overlooking the majestic Sangre DeCristo Mountains.

Market Area

Located 2.5 hours from Denver; 1.2 hours from Colorado Springs and 45 minutes from either Canon City or Pueblo, Colorado.

School District

Custer County C-1


Dilley Ranch

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Single Level

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
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 Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

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

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 500 sqft