Westminster, Vermont — Green Home For Sale

Nestled in a private, woodland retreat on 17 acres, this off-the-grid home is the ultimate place to unwind! The house has 2 beds, 2 baths and a large open two-story gourmet kitchen. Powered by solar and wind energy with a back up propane generator.


Listing ID: 19623


  • Green Home
  • Off the Grid
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Annual Property Tax $3,491
Annual Utility Cost $1,250
Home Area 1,608 sq ft
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 17.2 acres
Year Built 1982

Property Description

This off-the-grid home is the ultimate place to unwind and is available to new owners! The home offers a single floor focus with a first floor master bedroom and bath, plus an additional bedroom and bath on the second level. The addition built in 2005 includes an open two-story gourmet kitchen with a large island, lots of cabinets, a pantry, radiant heating, skylights, and granite countertops. This home is run on solar and wind energy; a wood stove and propane serve as backups. The multiple sheds are used for wood and equipment storage.

You enter into a mudroom that leads into the gourmet kitchen. The kitchen boasts a large island, lots of cabinets, a walk in pantry, radiant heating, skylights, granite countertops, and a six burner gas range. The kitchen is open to the dining room, which has lots of natural light through the many windows and glass sliding door to the stone patio. The living room is open to the dining room and has vaulted ceilings with lovely exposed beams. The upstairs loft office with skylights overlooks the living room and brings in even more sunlight. The master bedroom and bath are right off the living room and the woodstove and hearth sit in between heating the whole home with warm wood heat. The stove has a catalytic converter, a maximum heat output of 55,000 BTU’s and a heating range of 8,000 to 11,000 cu. ft. Off the master bedroom is a sunroom with floor to ceiling windows and a third egress from the home. There is a second bathroom and bedroom on the upper level of the home as well.

Solar panels and a wind turbine provide energy, which is stored in twelve 2 Volt batteries for a 24 Volt system, to the home. There is a back-up 8.5 kW residential Kohler propane generator. The house is heated by solar, propane, wind and a wood soapstone stove – the choice is yours! During the 2005 addition, the current owners updated everything and made all energy efficient choices for lighting, window and skylight replacements throughout the whole house.

Outside you’ll find a new wood shed that holds 4 cords of wood, a small shed used to house trash, compost, and recycling cans, and a large shed to store gardening tools and your outdoor equipment. The private and mostly wooded 17.2 acre parcel stretches on both sides of the private road used to access the property. You’ll need all-wheel drive on the road during the winter.


What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

See above.


Neighborhood Description

Neighborhood is rural with local elementary school, town office, post office, and farmers markets. Westminster is Vermont’s oldest existing town, has a population of 3200 people and is centrally located between Brattleboro, Vermont, and Walpole and Keene, New Hampshire.


Market Area

Rural area


School District

Town has local elementary school. The high school is located in the near-by town of Bellows Falls, VT.


Community

Typical rural community


Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story


Location of Home or Land

Rural


Elevation of Home

Mountain


Building Details

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 Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Other
Solar - Active
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Other
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Off the Grid
Other
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

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

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No