Berea, Kentucky

Artsy, sustainably renovated residence, commercial, or mixed-use property in the heart of Berea. Permaculture yard, privacy hedge, passive solar, clay paint, lime plaster, repurposed materials, good energy.
Green Home
$370,000Asking Price (USD)
$1,443Annual Property Tax
$2,333Annual Utility Cost
2,364Square Feet
4 / 5Beds / Baths
8276 sq ftLot Size
1980Year Built

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Key Green Features

Passive Solar


Native Landscaping

Retrofit of Older Building

Eco-Friendly Materials


Where was this used? Insulated concrete floors in wet rooms (vermiculite aggregate)

Earth / Soil

Where was this used? Clay paint throughout building Lime plaster in bathrooms

Other Recycled

Where was this used? Plywood shelving turned into bathroom counters and shelves. Salvaged 2x4s turned into bathroom partititions. Salvaged bookshelves turned into kitchen and utility room shelving and counter. Salvaged countertop used in utility room.




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3 heat pumps in building. 1 new (2022)

Property Description

Perched atop the Berea Ridge in a surprisingly quiet neighborhood, this unique gem has been newly renovated for versatile use. It makes for a beautiful single family residence, complete with a new privacy hedge; or can be easily split between your business and residence; or various sections rented out for extra income. Its location is unbeatable, one block from the library, bank, several churches, city hall, mechanic, bagel shop, bakery, wine and cocktail bar, several restaurants, a music venue, Berea Arts Council, 2 antique malls, Berea Urban Farm, and 2 hair salons. Within a 3-block radius, you can access the extensive college woods, fields, and trail network; or 2 city parks with walking trails. The current owner is an artist and builder who transforms space, retaining historic elements, respecting the Earth with dedication to healthy, sustainable building practices, permaculture landscaping, and imbuing the place with nurturing and vibrant energy. No corners have been cut, and no problems ignored, in returning this slightly neglected building to its full potential. This building has been a credit union, healing center, then residence, and was designed for passive solar, maximum air flow when windows are opened, and has good insulation. Two full baths, spa room, utility room, and a second, larger kitchen have been added to transform this building into a luxurious home-space. Natural paints and plasters, and repurposed/minimal materials have been used throughout. Updated flooring is suitable for residence or business use. All bathrooms have been rebuilt to prevent future mold growth, with plumbing access panels for maintenance ease. The south-facing roof is ideally situated for solar panels, and brick exterior walls are well-built for longevity. The yard is landscaped with a cedar and arborvitae hedge, blackberries, pawpaws, Oregon grape, mulberry, and sumac, providing wildlife habitat, vibrant greenspace, privacy, and a windbreak. Living mulch surrounds the trees, and wild edible greens have been encouraged in the yard. The former ATM kiosk has been transformed into a multi-use shed. This unusual, artistic, healthy space invites you to add your unique presence to the heart of one of Kentucky's most interesting and artsy towns. This is a rare opportunity to plant yourself in the middle of Berea's hippest and most dynamic district. Fall into the lap of this place made to hold and maintain good energy.

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Listing ID : 20869