Sheridan, Oregon

Self-sufficient 1800 sq ft custom home on 10 secluded (but not remote) acres with 6 kW PV ground mount solar and geothermal heat pump. Zoned EFU; Perrydale School District; Polk County, Oregon; 22.5 mi ea to Salem and McMinnville.

Green Home Photovoltaic (PV)
$510,000 Asking Price (USD)
$2,300 Annual Property Tax
$160 Annual Utility Cost
1,800 Square Feet
3 / 2 Beds / Baths
10 acres Lot Size
1992 Year Built
Single Family Property Type

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Solar energy more than supplies our needs. Geothermal heat pump supplies heating and cooling almost for nothing.

Property Description

Secluded (but not remote) ten acres with thoughtful 1800 sq ft custom home and no visible neighbors. Home is powered by 6 kW ground-mount PV solar array under transferable net-metering agreement with PGE. Heating and cooling provided by extremely efficient geothermal heat pump. Water supplied by two developed springs; waste handled by well-maintained septic system. House includes open plan living/dining/kitchen, large deck, two bathrooms, three bedrooms, office/hobby/guest room, mudroom, and separate-entrance exercise/storage room. Bamboo flooring and wood trim throughout. In addition, property has: Approx. 500 sq ft barn/workshop with approx. 800 sq ft attached covered storage for equipment/wood; two car attached carport, and large fenced yard. Six acres under timber deferral, annual taxes approx. $2,300, in Polk County and Perrydale School District. This property is secluded but just 22.5 miles to both Salem and McMinnville. You can walk to Mill Creek across the road, and the county park just upstream. You can walk for miles following Mill Creek up logging roads. The home is a joy to live in. The upgrades and remodels and additions have turned it into a custom showcase with lots of light and wood. There is a shop with generous covered storage. There are no visible neighbors (and you can't see the house from the road). The 6 kW solar system generates our power, and heating and cooling are provided almost for free by a geothermal heat pump. I've lived here for over 44 years, my husband for 29. We are sorry to leave, but age is telling us it's time. Living here has been a precious centerpiece to my life.

Neighborhood Description

We are on a rural road with approximately 13 households. The road ends South of us about a mile and a half. We have no visible neighbors; closest house is invisible across the road. More deer than people.

Market Area

Nearest business is in Dallas, 13 miles away. We go to McMinnville (22.5 miles) for most things; to Salem (also 22.5 miles) for medical care. Good restaurants in both cities.

School District

Perrydale School District has a good reputation, and the school bus services our address. (We have not had personal experience with the district.)


Our mailing address is Sheridan, which is a small town about 9 miles away. We generally only go there for the best auto service around.

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Elevation of Home


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 Geothermal
Wood Stove
Cooling System Geothermal
Ventilation System Part of Cooling System
Part of Heating System
Whole House Filtration Other
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Photovoltaic (PV)
Water System Other
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Wood
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Other
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Carport Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 400 sqft

Contact Information

Carol VanHouten

3605 Mill Creek Rd
Sheridan , OR 97378-9567 US

Listing ID: 20490