Berea, Kentucky — Green Home For Sale

A green, low-allergen home with extensive solar energy, water catchment, and organic garden infrastructure. Beautiful 3br/2ba; custom brick, 50-yr metal roof; hardwood floors, cherry kitchen cabinets; security system.


Listing ID: 20457


  • Energy Efficient Home
  • EnergyStar Home
  • Green Home
  • Healthy Home
  • Sustainable Home
  • Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Asking Price (USD) $284,000
Annual Property Tax $1,451
Annual Utility Cost $708
Home Area 2,400 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 3 acres
Year Built 2006

Property Description

A beautiful home with top-shelf energy features, construction quality, and garden infrastructure. Low- and no-VOC materials; no pets or smokers in house since construction. Custom brick exterior, 50-yr metal roof, designed for low maintenance; 3 bedroom, 2 bath; vaulted ceiling; all hardwood & tile floors; 20' glass window-wall. Energy-efficient design, EnergyStar envelope, 5.4kW tracking solar PV, solar hot water, passive solar, geothermal HVAC. Large garden beds with 12 years of organic soil management; perennials; cisterns and pumps for watering; shed & greenhouse. Mountain views; 1/4 mi to lake.


What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Three kinds of solar energy: solar electric, solar hot water, and passive solar design for collection of free sun heat in winter months. Plus geothermal HVAC -- 4x more efficient than normal heat pump. Perimeter walls have 60% more insulation than typical construction. High-quality, low-turnover materials -- built to last. Gardens have been managed organically, without chemicals or pesticides of any kind. EnergyStar appliances, ceiling fans, etc.


Neighborhood Description

In general, it's a rural neighborhood, with farm fields and houses here and there. My property has two excellent views: one, a view of a mini-mountain with a nice rock face; and two, a farm field that randomly features cows, horses, and alpacas. Owsley Lake is just a short walk away, with fishing and light boating. There is plenty of great hiking nearby.


Market Area

Berea has a nice college-town feel, and the sustainable ag program at Berea College is a centerpiece for the local food movement. There is a year-round farmers' market. Major local events each year include music festivals, theater productions, craft fairs, and skill-building workshops. The music really gets going in summertime, with a free music concert in Beara's Old Town district every Friday night, featuring an eclectic mix of rock, funk, and folk.


School District

Sorry, I don't have kids so I don't know firsthand, but my understanding is that my area is sought out for the quality of the schools. I believe the high schools are Madison Southern and Berea Independent School.


Community

The property is about seven miles from the heart of Berea--a major Kentucky cultural and sustainability center. The Berea area has an excellent community of artists, permaculturists, and people with a wide variety of hands-on skills, with many skill-building workshops available through the year.


Home Type or Land

Single Family - Single Level


Location of Home or Land

Rural


Elevation of Home

Other


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 Ground Source Heat Pump
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Geothermal
Ventilation System Part of Cooling System
Part of Heating System
Whole House Fan
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Hybrid
Municipal Energy
Other
Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Municipal
Other
Rain Water Collection
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Masonry
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Low VOC
No VOC
Floor Material Tile
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass
Recycled Newsprint
Urethane Foam

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 1
Garage Area 600 sqft