Green Homes for Sale - Allegeny County, New York Green Home

Allegeny County, New York — Green Home For Sale

Very attractive and energy efficient home, powered mostly by renewable energy, with the convenience of grid back-up. Includes a former Certified Naturally Grown market garden, barn, and pond.

Listing ID: 20443

  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Green Home
  • Healthy Home
  • Solar - Photovoltaic
Asking Price (USD) $267,000
Annual Property Tax $3,735
Annual Utility Cost $1,700
Home Area 1,700 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 5.4 acres
Year Built 2010

Property Description

This home was built by a professional contractor and his wife who wanted a house that does more than the typical home. It should not be radical to say that a house’s design should fit the site, as well as the people who will occupy it; that it should produce most of the energy it consumes; that it should not slowly poison its inhabitants; that its vital functions should be based on simple, resilient technologies; that its design should be open, day-lit, and well-ventilated; and that its service life should be measured in centuries.

In the nine years in which we have lived here, we have found the house to work even better than we hoped- and we still were able to fine-tune many improvements. The house interacts with the weather and the seasons, more like a living creature than a inanimate structure. In all seasons, the comfort level is greater than a typical modern home. We appreciate many aspects of the house- such as feeling the winter sun warm the house to 70 degrees, when it is 0 degrees outside. We especially like the heating system- whereas most houses consign their ugly, noisy mechanical heating system to the basement, ours has the place of honor in the center of the house. It is a handsome brick masonry heater, and it is fueled by local cordwood. It gently and silently radiates heat for 24 hours after each burn cycle, and even has a bench to sit on. It has three moving parts, and keeps the house a steady 70 degrees all year with only 2.5 cords of wood. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of security you get when you look into your full woodshed, and know that whatever happens in the world, your family has an 8 year supply of heat.

The electrical system also is a source of satisfaction. In addition to a standard grid connection, we also have a 5.4 KW solar array mounted on the woodshed. For most of the year, we can run almost exclusively on the battery bank. It is very entertaining to watch the system’s readout and see how much electricity the system is silently and cleanly producing. The batteries can be charged by the grid during periods of no sun.

In addition to the house and woodshed, we have a 24’ x 30’ timber frame barn, featuring a tastefully appointed upstairs studio, with a kitchen. Attached to the rear of the barn is a roof covering a brick BBQ and wood-fired pizza oven.

Just as the house produces so much more than other homes, so also does the surrounding landscape. For 12 years we have run a Certified Naturally Grown market garden, supplying ourselves and the local community with fresh, chemical-free produce, herbs, fruit, eggs, and chicken. Irrigation is handled primarily by stored rainwater, or by a pond. It is such a source of satisfaction to see your hard work be rewarded by thousands of pounds of produce from 1/6 th of an acre garden.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or to request a visit. Thanks for looking!

By the numbers:

House : 1700 sf two-story saltbox, with a full basement
3 bedroom, 1.5 bath ( easily convertible to 2 bath )
Insulated R-38 walls, R-100 ceiling
Full- length porch on north side
12’ x 30’ attached sun space on south side
walk-out basement
Water softener and purification system
Masonry heater
slate floors, and locally-sourced hardwood floors

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Super- insulated
5.4 Kw PV system
Passive solar
Constructed with non-toxic materials
Masonry heater- heat all season with 2 1/2 cords

Neighborhood Description

Hilly, forested rural area

Market Area

Located in Allegeny County, NY about 90 minutes south of Rochester.

School District

Bolivar-Richburg School District


Rural and small town, quiet and peaceful

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 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
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Rain Water Collection
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Other
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint No VOC
Floor Material Tile
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass
Urethane Foam

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Carport Detached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 720 sqft

Contact Information

John L

Friendship, NY 14739 US