Florence, Montana — Green Home For Sale

Lovely 10-acre horse property only 19 miles from Missoula in the Martin Lane area of Florence. Bordered on the East and West by large, undeveloped acreage and on the North and South by other horse properties.

Listing ID: 20270

  • Green Home
  • Straw bale

Asking Price (USD) $334,000
Annual Property Tax $2,200
Annual Utility Cost $1,800
Home Area 2,322 sq ft
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 10 acres
Year Built 2007

Property Description

This beautiful home is designed for energy efficiency, beauty, and comfort. Built in 2007, this custom post-and-beam straw bale home was designed by architect Lucas Dupuis of Sustainable Building De-sign, LLC in Missoula. Construction was supervised by straw bale building expert Marilyn Cochran of Shooting Star This unique home includes great finishing touches with cathedral ceiling, exposed timber frame beams, super-efficient wood stove, loft office/den, and a balcony off the upstairs bedroom. Charming upstairs bathroom features a vintage claw foot tub.
Fenced and cross fenced for horses with a 24’ x24’ hay shed, a 12’ x 12’ cordwood tack house, three loafing sheds, a 60' x 180' sand riding arena. 24’ x 28’ heated garage is perfect for working on projects year round. Property is sub-irrigated through much of the year and offers a variety of wildlife.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The 18 inch thick stuccoed walls pro-vide R-35 insulation and thermal mass for maximizing the passive solar warmth from the large south-facing energy-efficient windows. Second floor is conventional construction with blown-in R-35 cellulose insulation in walls and ceiling. Structurally engineered post and beam support. Metal Roof with stucco exterior. Blown in cellulose insulation in ceiling. Finishes all no or low VOC. Southeast facing for passive solar. Energy efficient wood heat, energy efficient appliances and windows. Sub irrigated pasture through seasonal high water table. Engineered septic system. Water rights 30 gpm for domestic, irrigation and stock use. Well is 49.0 feet with a static water level of 3.0 feet.

Neighborhood Description

Lower Martin Lane is a private lane maintained by homeowners. It is an area of 10+ acre homes. School bus access within 1000

Market Area

Florence, Mt is an area of rural homes located in Ravalli County.

School District

There is an elementary, middle and high school within two miles of this home. The mission statement of the school is identified on the webpage: Florence-Carlton parents, school and community will provide a safe, respectful environment that strives to prepare all students to become responsible, life-long learners by empowering them with the integrity, knowledge, and skills to contribute to a changing world.


This home is bordered on the north and south by private landowners of 10 or more acres. On the east it borders hundreds of acres of conservation easement along the Bitterroot River. To the west is open pasture and hay land of 80 plus acres. It is amazing bird habitat, with wild turkeys, heron, quail, pheasants and birds of prey.

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

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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 Forced Air - Electric
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 Stucco
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Linoleum
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Insulation Material Fiberglass
Recycled Newsprint

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Detached
Number of Cars 1
Garage Area 672 sqft

Contact Information

Melinda Mason

5230 Lower Martin Lane
Florence, MT 59833 US
Telephone: (406) 360-9260

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