Roomy high-performance environmental home only 2 hours from New York City. Enjoy the Delaware River recreational area and spectacular woods while you stay comfortable year round with geothermal heating and cooling for a fraction of conventional energy costs.
Listing ID: 17901
|Annual Property Tax||$0|
|Annual Utility Cost||$0|
|Home Area||3,200 sq ft|
|Total Property Area||1.1 acres|
Set on 1.1 acres of wooded hilly land, the 3200-sq-ft Solarium House has scored the highest energy efficiency rating ever recorded by Energy Services Group, an independent energy auditing company that has tested over 20,000 homes in NY, NJ, PA, and DE. Estimated heating and A/C cost per year: $480.
The house features a solarium (sun room) for winter heat and light, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, an attached garage and separate carport, 2 decks, a screened second-story bonus room for cool summer sleeping or play, and a balcony off the master bedroom. A great room features a fireplace with built-in nook for sitting, with plenty of space for a formal dining area if you enjoy entertaining. A breakfast nook next to the open kitchen keeps the cook and the family close together. A roomy foyer acts as an "airlock" to keep heat or air conditioning inside when the front door is open, and the utility room / pantry serves the same purpose leading from the garage into the house. A big basement and attic storage area add more space.
The propane-powered fireplace operates without electricity and can be used for emergency heating in case of area-wide electrical failure.
Cork flooring in bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen provides a nonslip, insulated, soundproofing surface that’s easy on the feet. Bamboo hardwood creates a spectacular surface in the living and dining area. Tile flooring in foyer and solarium help retain heat from sunlight in the winter.
The house’s setting is high enough to be out of any flood plains. Paved roads in the community are plowed in winter.
Low energy use. The house is heavily insulated, is oriented toward the south to capture winter sunlight for free heat, and uses geothermal energy for heating and cooling. A light tube reduces the need for electrical lighting during the day. Your direct use of fossil fuels is confined to the fireplace.
Bamboo and cork flooring come from easily renewable sources. Cork is harvested without destroying the tree it comes from; bamboo grows quickly and cheaply.
Because of the masonry construction, insect infestations are not the problem they are in wooden houses.
The house is part of a community association (Pocono Mountain lake Forest Community Association) that offers a pool, tennis courts, community events, and access to a lake. Nearby is the Delaware River recreational area and Milford, PA (see Community and Market descriptions also).
Because of the hilly terrain and the Delaware River recreational area, development has not run over Pike County, PA, as it has in other areas close by. The area is still rural but has attracted many New Yorkers who have second homes in the area or have moved in permanently. New York City is 2 hours away. Nearby Milford offers shopping malls, art galleries, antiques, interesting restaurants, and annual film and music festivals.
Delaware Valley School District
Pocono Mountain Lake Forest Community Association
Single Family - Two Story
|Agriculture in Area||No|
|Industry in Area||No|
|Air Pollution in Area||No|
|Cleaned with Green Products||Yes|
Ground Source Heat Pump
Solar - Passive
Conventional Heat Pump
|Whole House Filtration||
|Whole House Vacuum||No|
Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Laminated
Metal Dual Glazed
|Garage / Carport||Yes|
|Number of Cars||2|
|Garage Area||320 sqft|