Magical timber frame, straw bale (all natural materials) nestled in the woods. Extremely well-built, space efficient, and self-sufficient home, retreat, or airbnb.
Listing ID: 20534
|Asking Price (USD)||$190,000|
|Annual Property Tax||$1,400|
|Annual Utility Cost||$600|
|Home Area||960 sq ft|
|Total Property Area||1.5 acres|
Unique handcrafted timber-frame house, built from locally milled trees. Structure designed by master woodworker Don Weber. Oil lamps, luminous clay paint, and undulating walls create beautiful interior ambience. A local bank has offered financing if needed.
Pier foundation keeps water and critter out. French drain feeds the goldfish pond and doubles as walkway and fire break. Engineer-designed porch living-roof garden. Self-sustaining with wood and propane heat; propane/electric appliances. Passive solar, thermal mass, and straw-bale walls give superior insulation, warm in winter, cool in summer. Natural plaster allows air and vapor permeability.
Adjacent to Owsley Fork Lake, with trails in Berea College-owned woods surrounding lake. Great for boating; no gas motors allowed, so lake stays quiet. Neighbors are sustainably-oriented, and a hedge or fence could be added if complete privacy is desired.
This property has aparking area close to the road, while the house sits well back in the woods. Straw bale walls create a remarkably quiet, peaceful interior feel, and R-50 insulation value. There is plenty of space on the lot to build a garage, barn, boat shed, guest house, or run a business.
Water sources are roof-fed cisterns and a new water well, both potable. Outgoing greywater feeds gravel bed system under garden. Dual chamber waste composing toilet system. Room to add septic system plus flush toilet(s) if desired.
Built with 99% natural, biodegradable materials. Air and vapor-permeable walls. No pesticides ever used on land.
7 miles and easy drive from Berea. Property is directly across the street from Owsley Fork Reservoir, a 151-acre lake surrounded by forested land, which has acommitment to sustainability. Boat ramp just across the street and down the road, open to kayakers, fisiing and electric-motor-only boats. View from house is forested hills and the lake (after leaves have fallen).
Berea (pop. 16,000) is a small town in central Kentucky, where the Appalachian foothills meet the Bluegrass region. Various music, art, and cultural opportunities year-round. City was founded by Berea College, a highly-ranked liberal arts school with a commitment to diversity and racial inclusivism. Lexington (pop. 324,000) is 45 miles north.
Madison County Schools. Several homeschool groups in area.
Single Family - Two Story
|Agriculture in Area||No|
|Industry in Area||No|
|Air Pollution in Area||No|
|Cleaned with Green Products||Yes|
Solar - Passive
Whole House Fan
|Whole House Filtration||
|Whole House Vacuum||No|
Rain Water Collection
Wood Timber Frame
Plaster - Other
Wood - Solid
Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
|Garage / Carport||No|
Keller Williams Realty
Berea, US 40403 US