Green Homes for Sale - Alna, Maine Green Home

Alna, Maine — Green Home For Sale

Handsome active-solar, timber-frame home with large shop on 8 acres with river frontage.

Listing ID: 19328

  • Green Home
  • Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar - Photovoltaic
Annual Property Tax $3,674
Annual Utility Cost $1,500
Home Area 1,800 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Total Property Area 8 acres
Year Built 2000

Property Description

Unique active-solar (electric and hot-water) timber-frame home with large 1st floor workshop and 2nd floor cathedral ceiling living space on 8 mostly wooded acres with 320 feet of frontage on the Sheepscot river in Alna. Built in 2000 by a boat builder, the home features a professionally designed shop with 12 foot ceiling and a separately metered electrical service on the ground floor. Additional rooms on this level include a large office, separate workroom, laundry and mechanical room. The second floor has a grand living, cooking and eating space with soaring cathedral ceiling supported by hammer-beam timber trusses and a large Rumford fireplace. Additionally, there are 2 bedroom and a full bath. A third floor, with a balcony to the living area below offers a sitting area and 3rd bedroom.

The kitchen has a gas cook top and electric convection oven. There is also an Raburn (Aga) solid-fuel range and Sunfrost 24 volt DC refrigerator.

Schools include the new Juniper Hill School (publically funded for residents of Alna) (4 miles) for place-based education (ages 4 to 8, adding a new grade each year, will be pre-K through grade 8 by 2018), Great Salt Bay school, Kindergarten to Grade 11 (Damariscotta, 12 miles) and Lincoln Academy, grade 9-12 (Newcastle, 12 miles).

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The house electrical system includes a 24 volt, 750 watt photovoltaic array, battery back-up and Trace AC inverter, generator transfer switch and reverse metering allowing surplus photovoltaic power to be sold to the power company. The house and domestic hot-water are heated by both solar hot-water collectors on the roof and a Tarm wood fired, gasification boiler offering over 80% efficiency, installed new in 2006. This provides hot water for the radiant floor heating and the domestic hot water. There is also a gas-fired Aquastar water heater for back-up.

Much of the wood (oak and ash) used in heating the house is provided from the land.

Neighborhood Description

Rural, wooded, very quiet road, on Sheepscot river, one mile from the Head Tide Dam and swimming. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Horseback riding, cross-country skiiing, 9 miles to Damariscotta lake and Great salt bay.

Market Area

The home is 15 minutes from Wiscasset and Newcastle/Damariscotta, 40 minutes from Augusta and 60 minutes from Portland.

School District

RSU 12


Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


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 Fireplace
Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Solar - Active
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Municipal Energy
Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Timber Frame
Exterior Finish Shingles - Wood
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Concrete
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Urethane Foam

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No