Green Homes for Sale - Berea, Kentucky Green Home

Berea, Kentucky — Green Home For Sale

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

  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Green Home
  • Healthy Home
  • Natural Home
  • Sustainable Home
  • Straw bale
  • Small Home
Asking Price (USD) $190,000
Annual Property Tax $1,400
Annual Utility Cost $600
Home Area 960 sq ft
Bedrooms 2
Total Property Area 1.5 acres
Year Built 2010

Property Description

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.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Built with 99% natural, biodegradable materials. Air and vapor-permeable walls. No pesticides ever used on land.

Neighborhood Description

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).

Market Area

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.

School District

Madison County Schools. Several homeschool groups in area.


The street has 8 households on it, most of which are set back a good ways into the woods, off of long driveways. The several houses nearby (in the boat ramp area) are sustainably-oriented (no logging etc.).

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

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 Other
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Whole House Fan
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Municipal Energy
Water System Rain Water Collection
Wastewater System Composting Toilet

Construction Information

Construction Type Straw bale
Wood Timber Frame
Exterior Finish Plaster - Other
Interior Finish Earthen Plaster
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Tile
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Insulation Material Fiberglass
Recycled Newsprint

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No

Contact Information

Laura Carpenter

Keller Williams Realty
Berea, US 40403 US