Orrington, Maine

Charming, unique, super efficient two bedroom home with edible landscaping and perennials surrounded by acres of contiguous forest. Access to hunting, fishing, hiking, birding, xc skiing, and more all close by!

Green Home Straw bale Small Home
$1,739 Annual Property Tax
$756 Annual Utility Cost
750 Square Feet
2 / 1 Beds / Baths
17 acres Lot Size
2007 Year Built

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What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Sustainable Construction
-Straw bale insulation
-Timber frame construction that incorporates locally-harvested timber (from the property)
-Floors and interior walls made of Maine-harvested pine

Reduced Energy/Environmental Footprint
-Super insulation plus passive solar design reduces energy costs
-Energy Star appliances keep electricity and gas consumption low
-Low flow water fixtures help keep water use minimal
-Rennai tankless hot water saves energy by not heating water when it's not needed

Healthy Indoor Air Quality
-No harsh paints or varnishes used (all paints and wood protectors are Low VOC)
-No carpets anywhere
-New house = no lead paint or asbestos!

Artisan Touches
-Hand-made pottery sink
-Refinished antique claw-foot tub

Property Description

Incredibly Energy Efficient Home
-Passive solar design
-Super insulated walls (straw bale construction)
-Rennai tankless hot water heater
-Energy star appliances (gas dryer, gas stove, elec. washer, refridgerator, chest freezer)
-Centrally located wood stove for heat, plus electric baseboard (*NOTE: The electric heat has NEVER been used! The wood stove provides sufficient heat through the winter with roughly 2 cords per year for a very warm interior!)

Very Affordable to Live In
(bills based on a family of four)
-Gas bills run about $30 per month (for stove, dryer and hot water)
-Electricity bills run about $26-32 per month
-Low taxes that can be reduced further if the new owner takes advantage of Maine's Tree Growth Tax Program (a program designed to preserve and manage forests for wood harvesting, wildlife habitat or recreation)
-Home insurance is $538 per year
Note: Home is equipped with Masterguard brand state of the art smoke/fire/carbon monoxide/heat detection system

Efficient Layout
-Open plan first floor with kitchen/living room and private full-bathroom
-Loft-style second story with two bedrooms
-Full, unfinished, walk-out basement (could be finished to increase living space)
-Detached, primitive guest cottage with wood stove, sleeping loft and composting bathroom

Permaculture-Inspired Grounds
-Landscaping includes: vegetable garden, herb garden, perennial flowers, grapes, asparagus, strawberries, cherry trees, apple trees, pear trees, raised beds
-Aviary (presently houses Coturnix quail for eggs and as pets)
-Grape trellis harbors a wood-fired hot tub

Neighborhood Description

Private Setting
-17+ acres of woodland abutting a 350 acre parcel of land in conservation for hiking/nature walks/seasonal hunting and other recreation
-0.7 miles down a well-maintained dirt road
-7 miles from elementary school

Market Area

Business/Urban Areas
-12 miles from downtown Bangor, ME
-12 miles from downtown Brewer, ME
-40 minutes from University of Maine Orono Campus

-1 mile from Thurston Pond
-7 miles from Field's Pond Audobon Nature Center (nature trails and center that holds naturalist lectures, yoga classes, etc.)
-7 miles from Brewer Lake (boating/fishing/swimming)
-7 miles from Field's Pond (boating/fishing/swimming)
-40 minutes from Mount Desert Island (home of ACADIA NATIONAL PARK)
-70 minutes from Baxter State Park (home of MOUNT KATAHDIN)

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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 Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Municipal Energy
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Straw bale
Exterior Finish Plaster - Other
Interior Finish Cement Plaster
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Insulation Material Other

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No

Listing ID: 19422