Green Homes for Sale - Highlands, North Carolina Green Home

Highlands, North Carolina — Green Home For Sale

One of a kind, custom built home. Details are unparalleled w/ spacious & flexible interiors, living roof terrace wondrous outdoor rooms, rainwater harvest ecosystem with waterfall & stone terraces and open floor plan. Located at 3,850 feet elevation. 3% to buyer broker. Bring reasonable offers.

Listing ID: 18960

  • Accessible Home
  • Green Home
  • Healthy Home
  • Natural Home
Asking Price (USD) $869,000
Annual Property Tax $1,070
Annual Utility Cost $1,800
Home Area 2,000 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 4
Total Property Area 1.2 acres
Year Built 2007

Property Description

All our friends say this is a house that can not be fully described in words nor pictures. Call us today to come see this beautiful, one of a kind, mountain home. (828) 526-5981

Green home by designer/homeowner. The finest "not so big" home in the Highlands, NC area. Earth friendly design has energy star components from the ground up. It is the only one of its kind in every detail. Materials are timeless, the forever finishes preclude allergens and tests. The maintenance on every front is minimal. This home at 3,850 feet elevation can carry on splendidly when unoccupied.

Spectacular owner craftsmanship throughout (he knows the provenance of every piece of stone & wood). One of a kind details are unparalleled. The interiors are spacious & flexible. The living roof terrace is a butterfly, wildflower, and song bird heaven. Wondrous outdoor room. Rainwater harvest ecosystem with waterfall and stone terraces instead of decks. Every aspect is a work of art. Rocky Knob is a quiet safe, gated, paved, community. The quiet spring fed lake in the mountains. The setting of this home is beautiful & private. The community is surrounded by thousands of acres of designated wilderness. Easy trip to ATL. Good paved access to home.

Enjoy over 2,000 sq. ft of living space with an open floor plan, upper cathedral ceilings for passive cooling, beautiful reclaimed log beams, custom built vanities with antique accents and granite window sills.

The main living area is 45 ft long inside the 14” thick ICF walls. The kitchen island seats seven on the bar level and the buffet level is table height w/ wheelchair access space at the dining end.

The gas and electric cooktops are in counter height with massive over-travel drawers accessible to everyone. There are no wall hung cabinets. One upper unit above the wall ovens is a hanging wineglass pullout.

The kitchen is defined with a free standing dual sided pantry. Food on the kitchen side, dish storage on the dining/living side.

A free standing pier fireplace with massive stone hearth and top is a great warm buffet between the dining and mingling area of the great room. The flows out double transom. 9 ' JeldWen french doors exit to the upper stone terrace.

Between the great room and the master bedroom is an insulated antique wood covered wall. This wall is on a barn door track. When the wall is closed, an arched guichet opens into the master bedroom suite. When the wall is open, the bed can be rolled out onto the upper stone terrace through the french doors of the great room.

The entire upper living space overlooks the stunning roof terrace where birds, bees and butterflies enjoy the native wildflower garden. Enjoy the view of the lake below and the mountains beyond as there are no railings to obscure the views.

The living roof terrace has been strategically designed to be kid friendly by keeping the stone patio close to the house and giving a larger buffer area of native plants and flowers. Simply instruct the little ones to stay out of the flowers.

The upper level terrace has beautiful views, is completely private for star gazing in the comfort of your own bed, and best of all has a waterfall with a pool and wildflower bog supplied by 100% rainwater collection system. Filtering the water from the rainwater storage is not necessary but it adds authenticity to this naturalistic falls as well as another microclime for the dozens of native species happily showcased in less than 35 sq. ft of planting area. This garden is nearly 2 years old but it looks so real and ancient its hard to believe it has not always been here. Over 40 species inhabit the green roof in less than 200 sq. ft. of planting area in an equally ancient appearing cottage style.

The lower terrace level has a massive granite living wall, hundreds of sq. ft of granite flags with an average size of 7 sq. ft. with a hand hewn circular granite dining table that seats 10. A rustic firepit and raised berm gardens of perennials complete the terrace. Granite steps lead down to the lake where you can star gaze, fish, swim, paddle, sail, see the osprey, wild geese, ducks, kingfishers, loons, and other native birds.

Can be dual family purchase.
By appointment only.
3% to buyer broker.
Open to reasonable offers.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Interior details include stained concrete floors in the insuldeck system. A tankless hydronic radiant system is solar and geothermal compatible. All the cabinets are site built with antique wood and each drawer pull and pantry door handle is one of a kind driftwood.

Each of the 8 sink vanities are a work of art in granite and antique American chestnut; some with antique door knobs as valve handles.

Interior walls are finished with huge reclaimed logs and hand patterned with stucco. Massive stone facades surround the 3 fireplaces and the drywall is finished in an antique plaster style with no VOC paints throughout.

Floors are stained concrete upper and stained concrete in the lower baths with local 1 1/2” tongue & grove hickory in the flex/bedrooms and lower living wood stove hearth room. Hydronic radiant floor heat throughout the house.

The ceilings are high for passive cooling. Locally grown white pine is installed in 6, 8, and 10 inch widths, shiplapped vertically & beautifully cut.

This beautiful green home constructed of 14" thick ICF walled finished with hand patterned concrete stucco exterior, will never need painting or maintenance of any kind. The steel roof feeds a rainwater harvest system for the naturalistic landscape. The lower level has a living roof that is used as a terrace for the upper level. Planted in natives, it has a stone patio and is a wonderful foreground view from the great room windows.

The driveway is green as well. The drive path is of hand hewn, "rescued" granite cobbles and interlocking "Turfstone" by Cemex.

All of the terraces of granite are laid without cement so plants can grow and water can be absorbed. All roof water is manged on site without the use of downspouts to mar the aesthetic of the stucco.

Neighborhood Description

Located in the beautiful Rocky Knob community, enjoy mountain living with beautiful views of Rocky Knob mountain and the lake below. Rocky Knob is a gated community with a single entrance for security, surrounded by Forest Service & Wilderness Designation, paved access, private lake, adjoining meadow park with dock and forested lots of 1 acre minimum for individual privacy. Enjoy fishing, swimming, boating (no gas engines allowed), miles of private roads for walking and Forest Service trail connectors for your outdoor hiking adventures. Rocky knob has a very child friendly recreation site great for families to mingle. The lake is fed by a wilderness spring leaving the lake super clean.

Market Area

Located outside of Highlands, NC in the beautiful Southern Appalachians. Convenient drive to Highlands for exquisite dining and shopping. Short walk or drive to the Appalachian Trail, white water paddling, famous Whiteside Mountain, and more.

Conveniently located just over 2 hrs. north of Atlanta, GA and under 2 hours from Asheville, NC. You will be just a short drive from Pigeon Forge, TN, Cherokee, NC, and a wide variety of outdoor activities. Highlands, NC is a great little town loaded full of unique boutique style shops, over 30 fine dining restaurants, and beautiful mountain views.

People from all over the south, including Atlanta, Ga, Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, Montgomery, AL, have found the Highlands / Scaly Mountain, NC area to be a wonderful vacation home destination. Being such a short drive from Atlanta, many families find the area so relaxing that they frequently visit on the weekends.

School District


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 Fireplace
Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Wood Stove
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Whole House Fan
Whole House Filtration Other
Whole House Vacuum Yes

Energy & Water

Energy System Municipal Energy
Water System Rain Water Collection
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type ICFS
Steel Framing
Exterior Finish Stucco
Interior Finish Cement Plaster
Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint No VOC
Floor Material Concrete
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Earth
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Other

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No