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413 Sweet Pond Road, Guilford, Vermont

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This new construction home is part of Sweet Pond Eco Community and is situated on 83 gorgeous acres of pond, woodland, pasture and orchard. It is one of nine spacious ecologically designed homes near Brattleboro, VT. It has been designed to and we will be applying for LEED certification. Sweet Pond Eco Community offers the benefits of good neighbors and country living. It is only 15 minutes from downtown Brattleboro, 1 1/4 hrs from Bradley International Airport, and 2 hrs from Boston.
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$0Annual Property Tax
1,570Square Feet
3 / 2Beds / Baths
23.0 acresLot Size
2008Year Built

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What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Super insulated homes (blown cellulose insulation) Double (triple optional) glazed windows Clustered site design with 50+ acres of preserved land Common well, septic, driveway, parking structure Bio Mass Central Heating System (planned) Passive solar design and orientation with lots of day lighting Solar Photovoltaic Panels either on homes themselves or free-standing on adjacent site Use of local lumber FSC Certified building materials Use of salvaged and recycled building materials Concrete with minimum of 50% fly ash Applying for and following LEED certification standards Large community garden spaces Site management of recycling projects waste stream during construction Universal design (fully accessible available, otherwise fully visitable) Community is based on principles of cohousing and sustainable living Focus on interior air quality: properly engineered ventilation low and no voc paints and finishes toxin free or limited materials wherever possible designed with consult from reknowned wholistic health professionals

Property Description

We are building green, sustainable homes includng this one, in an apple orchard in south eastern Vermont. Construction is planned to begin spring/summer 2008 homes are available now for pre sale. full details and floorplans at This home is clustered with the other 8 in the 3 acre apple orchard, preserving open space reducing the impact on the land. By providing smart, well-built, houses smaller than most new construction we reduce energy use and the burden of maintaining unnecessary spaces. We seek members who value living responsibly within a strong community. The 1570 square foot home will be clustered with 8 others in a beautiful apple orchard overlooking a large beaver pond. The community will jointly own approximately 83 acres including the Orchard, a field, pond, and over 60 acres of woodland which will be preserved through a conservation or land management program. Homes will be oriented for passive solar and super insulated. They are carefully designed for the location and integrated into the natural flow of the land. They will share one well and septic system and may have a common heat and hot water system as well. Homes are designed with a focus on indoor air quality and will use materials with low/no VOCs and off-gassing. Coinciding with our Vision for Vermont in the Year 2050 our contractors are local and we will use regional and local green materials wherever possible.

Neighborhood Description

Sweet Pond Eco Community will be a small eco village based on the principles of cohousing and sustainable development. In the spirit of E.F. Schumaker’s Small is Beautiful we are looking at a new model of sustainable housing. Sprawling development and neighborhoods without community are not sustainable and can not strive. We seek to develop a model for housing that can shelter our growing population, foster strong communities, provide healthy living spaces, and respect our environment, preserving it for future generations. Our community is based on the principles and ideals of cohousing. It is organized as a Common Interest Ownership community. We believe in using materials and our land in a way that considers our impact now and its consequences down the road. full details about neighborhood are at

Market Area

The home is located in Guilford, VT 10-15 minutes from Brattleboro a regional hub for culture, arts, theatre, and restaurants. We are about 45 minutes from the many theaters and cultural amenities of Northampton and a bit over an hour to Hartford Bradley International Airport. We are 2 hours to Boston and a bit more than 3 to New York City. There is excellent cross country in the area, 6 inexpensive clay tennis courts, and about 40 minutes to top rate skiing at Mount Snow.

School District

Guilford Central School (k-8) and Brattleboro Union High School


Sweet Pond Eco Community

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Air Quality

Agriculture in Areayes
Industry in Areano
Air Pollution in Areano
Pesticide Freeyes
Fragrance Freeyes
Cleaned with Green Productsyes

Interior Environment

Heating System
Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Cooling System
Passive Cooling
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Whole House Filtration
Whole House Vacuumno

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Construction Information

Exterior Finish
Shingles - Wood
Interior Finish
Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
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Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material
Metal Dual Glazed
Insulation Material
Recycled Newsprint

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Garage / Carportyes
Garage Typecarport_detached
Number of Cars1

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Listing ID : 18300