Mayetta, Kansas — Green Home For Sale

Price reduced! Cute solar cob house on 30 acres of woods & prairie, w/unfinished 2-story strawbale w/basement nextdoor. Potential retreat center or permaculture community.

Listing ID: 18062

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

Asking Price (USD) $155,000
Annual Property Tax $1,550
Annual Utility Cost $600
Home Area 1,950 sq ft
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Total Property Area 30 acres
Year Built 2004

Property Description

Driving up a winding lane through trees, one encounters this artistically designed cozy cob cottage nestled in the woods. There are 20 acres of deciduous woods (featuring a sycamore tree measuring over 200 inches in circumference) and about 10 acres of native tallgrass prairie. Cob building was begun by owner in the summer of 2003. The cottage has a radiant heat system under the earthen floor, heated by the propane water heater. Electricity is all solar. Connected to county rural water. Rooms are kitchen, bath, utility, and sleeping loft, with a deck off the kitchen. Bathroom has a whirlpool tub with mosaics on two sides. Symbolic bas relief sculptures grace the lime plastered walls, inside and out. Cookstove is half wood-burning, half electric, which is convenient and energy efficient. Large south-facing windows allow the best of passive solar gain. In 2007 a second unit was begun. It is a two-story post-&-beam strawbale house with full basement, stemwall of Faswall blocks, clay tile roof, and half second floor/balcony with cathedral ceiling. Exterior lime plaster and partial interior earthen plaster completed in 2012. Plans include floor-to-ceiling colored bottle-glass window and hybrid Kiva-Rumford fireplace, as well as connection between the two buildings. This is a great potential retreat center, as the new addition is large enough for small meetings; and there is plenty of room for more cottages to be built in the woods for a cooperative community, perhaps utilizing permaculture practices. Native plant medicine is plentiful, as well as raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries and "possom" grapes. American Ginseng grows wild and could be cultivated as a cash crop. Two ponds support plenty of wildlife, including deer and wild turkeys. A creek runs through the property, as well.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Made completely out of natural materials: clay, sand, straw, with strawbales for wall insulation and cellulose insulation above the bamboo ceiling: this home breathes. The walls are two feet thick, making it extremely energy efficient. No air conditioning required, since it's in the woods and never really gets hot. Plans are for a hybrid Rumford/Kiva fireplace in strawbale house. A branched-drain graywater system comes to daylight in 5 places downhill from house, and feeds pecan trees. Both units have underground piping for geothermal air conditioning, which need fans attached, to complete. (I don't remember how to put a number on Home Energy Rating system (below), but it is good!)

Neighborhood Description

This is a rural area, with low rolling hills, plenty of green space, open skies and fresh air. Located on the Potawatomi Reservation, which means no building codes to hassle with, since the Tribal government is sovereign, and they don't have restrictions. The property is on a major road through the reservation, only 3 miles from a State highway. The people in Jackson County are very friendly, and wave when you meet them on the road.

Market Area

The county seat of Jackson County is Holton, located about 12 miles away; and Topeka, the capital of Kansas, is about 20 miles in the other direction. Lawrence, Kansas, which is the home of Kansas University, is about 35 or 40 miles away, and Kansas City another 25 miles beyond that.

School District

Royal Valley Consolidated schools.


A farming community, located on the Potawatomi Indian Reservation. There is a buffalo herd a couple miles away; also a casino 2 miles away, and various pow wows are held throughout the year, open to the public. Tribal agencies, such as the Road & Bridge Dept., have been very helpful to this owner/builder.

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Single Level

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home

Sea Level

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 Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Solar - Active
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Cool Pipes
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 Other
Wastewater System Other
Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Cob
Straw bale
Exterior Finish Plaster - Earth
Plaster - Other
Interior Finish Earthen Plaster
Interior Paint No VOC
Floor Material Other
Roof Material Tile
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Other
Recycled Newsprint

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No

Property Website


Contact Information

Dorethy Hancock

1909 S.W. Sims Ave
Topeka, KS 66604 US
Telephone: (785) 246-0860

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