Knox, Maine — Green Home For Sale

Charming off-grid passive-solar saltbox home with barn/studio on 2 acres located 20 minutes from Belfast, Maine.

Listing ID: 19318

  • Green Home
  • Healthy Home
  • Natural Home
  • Off the Grid
  • Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Annual Property Tax $1,607
Annual Utility Cost $1,700
Home Area 1,225 sq ft
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Total Property Area 2 acres
Year Built 1980

Property Description

Post-and-beam 1 1/2 story off-grid home on 2 acres surrounded by woodlands. It was ownerbuilt with recycled barn beams in 1980 on the site of one of the old Frye Mt. farmsteads and retains the old dug well with newer wellhouse (for garden use). House water comes from a 425' drilled well with a Grundfos - slow-start pump and pressure tank.

The house is 24 x 28, situated facing solar south and backed by woods, with a 9 x 13 entry/office room, entry deck, sunporch, upstairs and downstairs storage rooms and a covered storage deck on the west. The downstairs is open plan with living/dining area on the south side with kitchen and large pantry on the north, plus the entry/office. The downstairs has exposed old ceiling beams and floors of pine boards. The upstairs has decorative birch-faced plywood floors and v-groove pine cathedral ceiling. It is a U shaped room, with a full bathroom with tub/shower. There is also an open 10 x 12 loft with access via a ships ladder.

The property is a ten minute walk from the 5,280 acre state-owned Frye Mt. Wildlife Management Ares (with dirt roads and hiking trails), 10 miles from Belfast. There is a 40 x 60' vegetable garden and fruit trees, which produce over 1200 lbs. of food per year, in the front yard and has been gardened organically for over 20 years.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Off-grid (solar array, wind turbine and propane generator)totally self-contained with emergency backups, AC and DC wiring, great well water, standing seam steel roof, plenty of food-growing and storage capacity, excellent wood stove; warm, beautiful and cozy. Built primarily with natural wood.

Neighborhood Description

So1itude at the end of a dirt road. 1 mile from Hwy. #137 (Belfast to Waterville), on well-maintained dirt town road. 5 residences on road, none close or within sight; 6 camps beyond and one visible nearby.

Market Area

10 miles from Belfast, a noted community
with a renowned food coop, 7 miles from MOFGA's Common Ground Fair and 12 miles from Unity College. Great access to large tracts of protected wildlands, hiking trails, arts and educational venues.

School District

RSU #3 (Knox, Unity, Freedom, Liberty, etc.)



Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

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

Energy & Water

Energy System Off the Grid
Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Wood Timber Frame
Exterior Finish Shingles - Wood
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint No VOC
Floor Material Wood - Solid
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No