Poquoson, Virginia

Elegant, totally sustainable home with passive solar heating, photovoltaic power, geothermal cooling, rainwater re-use, zero-outgassing materials, net zero utility design. 3 BR, 2 B, office, eat-in kitchen, central "garden atrium," oversized garage,

Accessible Home Green Home Healthy Home Photovoltaic (PV) Solar - Photovoltaic
$5,000 Annual Property Tax
2,352 Square Feet
3 / 2 Beds / Baths
2006 Year Built

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What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Health: Zero-VOC paints, dye-free wool carpeting, broad leafed plants that soak up CO2 & emit lots of O2. Flood of sunlight eliminates S.A.D.

Green: Net Zero design that generates as much power, heat, water, hot water as you use. Many materials are either sustainably harvested (e.g. red oak trim, porcelain tiles) or recycled (e.g. stone veneer.) Homes are clustered for more sustainable land use; owners own own home and lot plus seventh of park/ponds/dock, etc. Walking & driving surfaces are non-toxic and pervious, so rainwater soaks into ground, protects Chesapeake Bay.

Property Description

If you’re looking to locate in Virginia’s tidewater area, here are two new homes that are elegant, extremely well built, and truly green. Direct gain passive solar provides full winter heating. Closed-loop geothermal provides cooling and (just in case) back-up heating. Photovoltaic panels provide full electrical power. Solar panels provide all the hot water you’ll need. Cisterns provide over 90% of your water needs. And batteries ensure you’ll have power – even when the grid is down.

Garden Atriums are also healthier. Zero-VOC paints eliminate outgassing. Dye-free wool carpets – as dyes are set with formaldehyde – also eliminate outgassing. Broad-leafed plants in the central garden atrium soak up carbon dioxide and emit oxygen; toxicologist’s air tests show these homes equal to outside air (but cleaner.)

First-rate materials – such as metal roofs with a 50-year warrantee, or porcelain ceramic tiles – slash maintenance efforts and costs, and provide greater longevity. Garages are oversized, providing for 2-foot deep shelving all the way around.

The two new homes are (1) 3BR, 2B, office; 2352 sf, $595,000; and (2) 4BR, 3B, office, screened patio, pond view; 2646sf, $647,500. With all these features, first cost is slightly higher than traditional homes of same footage. But – total monthly costs – which include utilities – actually make these homes a lot less expensive.

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Neighborhood Description

Poquoson is old waterman's community at bottom of Chesapeake Bay. Garden Atrium development is cluster of 7 elegant and totally sustainable homes. Part of Virginia Tidewater aesthetic.

Market Area

"Hampton Roads" - southeast Virginia - includes Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Poquoson and other small communities. Population about 2 million surrounded by York River, James Rivers, Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

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Garden Atriums of Poquoson

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Air Quality

Agriculture in Area Yes
Industry in Area Yes
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Other
Solar - Passive
Cooling System Other
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration Other
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Municipal
Rain Water Collection
Wastewater System Municipal

Construction Information

Construction Type Other
Exterior Finish Masonry
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint No VOC
Floor Material Carpet
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Other

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 624 sqft

Listing ID: 17914