Green Homes for Sale - Reno, Nevada Green Home

Reno, Nevada — Green Home For Sale

This home, which overlooks a golf course, was built for a large family in the early 70s. It has upstairs and downstairs kitchens and family rooms and a mom-in-law suite. The home and pool are heated geothermally and it has 6KWs of solar panels.

Listing ID: 19626

  • Energy Efficient Home
Asking Price (USD) $1,200,000
Annual Property Tax $6,132
Annual Utility Cost $4,000
Home Area 6,200 sq ft
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms > 5
Total Property Area 1.2 acres
Year Built 1971

Property Description

This home will be available summer 2014.

OUTDOORS: The 1.22 acres (2 lots) contain a mini-arboretum, including Giant Sequoia’s, Oaks, pine, spruce, juniper, apple, pear, cherry, peach, plum, Sassafras, Ash, Weeping Willows, Silver Maples, Weeping Elm, White Locusts, and baby Jacaranda and Ginko. The landscaping includes an original waterfall that was installed by the golf course landscapers and a walkway to a lower deck at golf course level. The lawn has not been treated with weed killer or pesticides while we have lived here. The upper driveway is lined with roses. There is ample parking for guests, easily accommodating 7 cars off street or an RV. The high desert animals viewed from our windows include mountain lion, bear, coyote, hawks, pelicans, herons, owls, ducks, rabbits, voles, lizards, jays, flickers, woodpeckers and hummingbirds. Marmots are nearby on the golf course. We have seen a covey of 50 California Quail in our yard at one time.

INDOORS: The home’s interior was completely remodeled in the mid-80s with slate, wood and travertine marble floors, and wood paneling throughout. Upstairs the paneling is mostly tongue-in-grove oak, while downstairs, it is redwood. The living room features a coffered, fluorescent lit ceiling. The dining room has an unusual ceiling of triangular mirrors above the table. The downstairs family room has an intricately patterned redwood ceiling. The library has many sections of oak shelving with mirrored backs. The large, upper kitchen has Crystal cabinetry, with extra wide drawers and built in glass display shelves. The lower kitchen has white, sleek cabinetry with butcher block counters. The amount of storage space in the house is exceptional, with built in bookcases and closets in most rooms and 2 small rooms downstairs equipped with cabinets and sinks.
The sunroom protects tropical plants year round. To take advantage of spring, summer and fall breezes, the home has 16 sliding glass doors. This home is very special to us but with our last child graduating from high school this year, it’s in need of a new family to fill its ample space. See photos for the original architect's model from 1969, specific to home's elevation. Additional photos available.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Its solar panels provided 63% of our energy requirements last year, which included powering an electric car. The over 300 ft deep geothermal well produces plenty of heat to keep the home warm in the winter and the 20,000 gallon pool at 105 degrees, plus cover any need for hot water. The home is located in Reno, which has a large geothermal plant in it's southern boundaries that produces enough power to provide electric to all of the homes in Reno. Single stream curbside recycling started this year.

Neighborhood Description

The neighborhood is friendly, with lots of runners, walkers and cyclists using the hill as a challenge. There are many churches in the area to choose from and a shopping mall and restaurants within 2.5 miles. The neighborhood has a horse park and horse trails, although we haven't seen them used for that purpose. One runs just west of the home, providing spacing between neighbors.

Market Area

Residents love to ski, hike and bike. The city is trying to diversify away from casinos and encourages tech and aviation companies to relocate. Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Great Basin Food Co-op are within 3 miles of our home. Mount Rose Ski Resort is 30 minutes away from our home. Incline Village, on Lake Tahoe, is 45 minutes away.

School District

Zoned for Caughlin Ranch Elementary, Swope Middle and Reno High. Reno High students are accepted to many excellent colleges.


Note: The utility expense includes summer watering, which understandably is charged at a premium, it's Lake Tahoe water, after all. If you xeriscaped, you could reduce this expense considerably. Our electric bill was $800 for 2013, which includes charging our electric car, A/C and heating the swimming pool.

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area No
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Geothermal
Cooling System Conventional Forced Air - A/C
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Hybrid
Water System Municipal
Wastewater System Municipal

Construction Information

Construction Type Hybrid
Exterior Finish Wood
Interior Finish Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Tile
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Other

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 3
Garage Area 700 sqft