Green Homes for Sale - Colrain, Massachusetts Green Home

Colrain, Massachusetts — Green Home For Sale

Ecovillage Cohousing: 13 1350-square-foot, active-and-passive-solar, solar-thermal, superinsulated, ADA-designed (for-aging-in-place) 3-bedroom homes on 112 acres of gardens, meadows, orchards, and forest. Near self-sufficiency, mountain views,.3.5 hours from Manhattan and 2 hours from Boston.

Listing ID: 18991

  • Accessible Home
  • Green Home
  • Solar - Photovoltaic
Asking Price (USD) $400,000
Annual Property Tax $5,500
Annual Utility Cost $800
Home Area 1,350 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 32670 sq ft
Year Built 2010

Property Description

A major part of simplifying your life is to live in a more modest space. At Katywil, each house has 1350 square feet, roughly half the size of the average new house now built in the Northeast.

Decreasing the house size also decreases its energy needs and allows passive solar and solar-thermal sources to heat and cool your house, as well as provide for hot water. Community-wide solar panels and a micro-hydro turbine to produce electricity are in the planning stages.

First (upper) floor: The north wall has fewer windows than the south wall, which overlooks Stone Mountain and the valley. Note also the differences in wall thickness: the thicker walls are a foot of blown-in, dense-packed cellulose, with an R-value of 45. Ceilings throughout are R-55.

Note, too, the ramp from the garage into the pantry and kitchen. The first floor of each house is designed using Universal Design standards and approved by a consultant from Independent Living Resources. Ready for everything from strollers to wheelchairs, the entrance is ramped; doorways are three-feet wide, and there are no thresholds. The first-floor bathroom has a roll-in shower. Each house has one garage space, a mudroom, a screened porch, root cellar, and storage space.

Second (lower floor): The lower floor has two guest bedrooms, one of which might be used for an office, and a bath. At the rear, there is a large storage and utilities room. For those who might need it, this floor could also be used for children or as separate living space for a caregiver.

The price of the house plans is included in the purchase price of the house. Any architectural changes to these plans must be paid for by the owner.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The features making Katywil homes green include:

*Small footprint: 1350 square feet

*R-45 walls and R-55 ceiling

*Dense-packed, blown-in cellulose in walls and ceiling

*Passive-solar south-facing windows

*Roof eaves designed for latitude-appropriate solar exposure

*Choice of double- or triple-paned windows

*Choice of heating systems: super-efficient air-to-air heat pump, solar-thermal roof panels, or ground-source heat pump

*Energy Star or better appliances

*Locally harvested wood used where possible

*Locally harvested schist countertops

*Recycled sheetrock throughout

*Community-wide solar panels and micro-hydro plant in the planning stages

*Community gardens and orchards in planning stages for spring of 2010


Neighborhood Description

Nestled into the hillside will be 18 south-facing houses in two clusters. The lower cluster of 12 three-quarter-acre lots will comprise Phase I along Crosier Lane; Phase II the upper five-lot cluster along Stowe Farm Lane. Between the two clusters is the existing house, a large redwood home built in 1972 with five guest rooms, a large party or meeting space, kitchen, library, and workshop. This building will serve, at least for the time being, as the community house. The Katywil topography of alluvial terraces provides views that differ remarkably from lot to lot. From some lots, you can see primarily the Catamounts; from others, Stone Mountain; still others, views of woods and the West Branch of the North River. Because of the terracing, very little of other houses can be seen as you face north or south. Neighboring houses can be seen more easily as you face east or west on some lots. Adding a mixture of evergreens and fruit or nut trees will gradually screen the houses’ lateral views.

An edible-forest-garden plan is being developed for the community house. Edible-forest landscaping is not merely ornamental, though it is easy to add annuals, and native perennials. As we move into an age when the importance of producing one’s own food becomes increasingly paramount, a combination of vegetable gardening and edible-forest gardening can make Katywil over time nearly self-sustaining for nutrition.

Crosier Lane and Stowe Farm Lane are common driveways built to Massachusetts code will link the houses to Stetson Brothers Road.

Market Area

The Pioneer Valley is distinguished by the Connecticut River, the largest in New England, its many tributaries, lush valley farmland, its small hill towns and its artistic and cultural vibrancy. Fertile farmland borders the Connecticut River as it flows through Whately, Deerfield, and Sunderland to the south.

The “hilltowns” of Colrain, Shelburne, Charlemont and Heath to the northwest are known for their mountains, hills, streams, small rivers and woodlands. A growing number of small organic farms and their farm stands are part of the fabric of life as members of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s). In fact, Franklin County ranks as the 85th county in the U.S. (out of 3,143) in direct sales of food to their communities.

The Valley is also known for its arts, and local music is particularly strong. In nearby Shelburne Falls, for instance, the coffee shop Mocha Maya offers a diverse weekly blend of jazz, rock, and folk. Just a few steps away are an elegant gift shop, ‘Wandering Moon’; Nancy Dole’s ‘Books & Ephemera’; elegant leather design by Dick Muller; Café Martin, Gypsy Apple, West End Pub, and Ollie’s Down Under restaurants; the Shelburne Falls Wine Merchant, and several art galleries, and, of course, McCusker’s Market, the store that started the rebirth of the village.

The real commercial center of the upper valley is Greenfield, about 25 minutes from Katywil. Not only does the town offer the convenience of box stores like Home Depot, Staples, BJ’s, and Big Y as well as brand names like Radio Shack and Subway, but also an enticing array of local stores and restaurants and Greenfield Community College, a world-class community college with lots of non-credit offerings.

Standouts are the People’s Pint and Berkshire Brewery, our local brew-meisters, which serves mostly organic food in an eco-friendly environment; Green Fields Market on Main Street for organically grown vegetables and meat, as well as a varied deli menu; and China Gourmet, a five-star Chinese restaurant. A wonderful new addition with an inventive menu and an intriguing wine list is Hope & Olive. Other Greenfield restaurants include Thai, Korean, Mexican, Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, barbeque, and homestyle cooking.

Just to the east of Greenfield is Turners Falls, which is fast becoming a local center for the arts and theater.

School District

Franklin County Schools



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 Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Cooling System Other
Ventilation System Heat Exchanger
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Other
Interior Finish Other
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Recycled Denim Batt

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 1
Garage Area 0 sqft

Contact Information

Bill Cole

43 Stetson Brothers Road
Colrain, MA 01340 US