If “going green” is on your list of things to do, join the increasingly popular lifestyle trend right here, right now…right at home! From solar panels and recycled materials to geothermal heating and other energy-efficient building techniques, green homes of all kinds are saving money, energy and the environment in a big way, all while proving one thing to the future of the housing industry—it is that easy being green.
Here are six green homes that are now for sale, and waiting for the right person to benefit from their energy-efficient lifestyles and offerings.
1 Iden Avenue—Larchmont, NY
This stunning, custom-designed Colonial located in Larchmont, NY, was built in 2012 with many green features. Nearly every product used throughout the house is natural, with features such as custom built-ins and cabinetry, as well as finished oak floors, custom millwork and window treatments made with all non-toxic materials. In terms of conserving energy, the residence also includes an HVAC system of the highest efficiency, as well as an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) that exchanges indoor air with outdoor air, assuring constant interior freshness. The 4,800 square-foot residential masterpiece also has a full-house water purification system, smart technology features and so much more.
945 State Road—Richmond, MA
The construction of this unique contemporary home in Richmond, MA, is appropriately just as green as the lush 14 acres of land that surround it. Staying true to the ecologically intelligent lifestyles associated with the beautiful Berkshires, this four-bedroom, three and a half-bath home has been entirely transformed into a green-designed living space, featuring materials that meet LEED and other energy standards, such as an entirely passive-solar addition, structural insulated panels on the walls and roof, Energy Star doors and windows, as well as various kitchen appliances. Electricity is generated by solar panels located on the property’s detached garage, while heating and water are available through an integrated system that uses photovoltaic and thermal solar energy in addition to radiant storage tanks. Of course, the bright natural light that envelopes the house on a regular basis is a plus, too! An intelligent and private retreat that aims to savor the region’s quest to maintain its stunning natural surroundings, this green home represents more than just environmentally conscious living—it represents the Berkshires’ overall state of mind.
2 Crown Circle—Bronxville, NY
In Bronxville, NY, a brilliant Colonial-style home, designed in 2015 by highly respected architect Dean Davis, offers exactly what one needs to effectively “go green.” Local developers Steve Dallal and Teresa Marziano implemented the highest standards of environmentally friendly construction, incorporating ongoing energy-efficiency and green lifestyle features in the home. To top it off, the Bronxville residence flawlessly blends traditional, old-world charm with luxurious 21st century amenities, and is superbly located on a beautifully landscaped plot of land, which offers its residents continuous interior light and year-round privacy.
41 Charles Mary Drive—Haddam, CT
Custom built in 2010, this exceptional Colonial home is both eco-friendly and low maintenance, featuring geothermal heating, cooling and hot water. This system uses the earth’s constant core temperature to heat and cool through a series of exterior trenches and interior heat pumps, resulting in approximately 50% less utility use than in a traditional home. A heat recovery ventilator additionally cycles the air of the home for superior indoor air quality. With its classic Colonial farmhouse style, as well as ample features and amenities, this residence, which rests on nearly 3 acres of sweeping land, is none other than an avid environmentalist’s dream come true.
68 South Street—Litchfield, CT
Located in the Litchfield Historic District center, this Williamsburg Colonial, which was built in 2004, incorporates every detail of yesteryear with the finest modern conveniences, luxuries and, of course, green home technologies of today. The 3,579 square-foot home contains geothermal and hydro air heating and cooling, resulting in immense energy savings. While such an impressive atmosphere makes it seemingly hard to leave, the residence additionally enjoys the convenience of being within close proximity to the Litchfield Green, shops, restaurants and other town highlights.
14 Rockledge Road—Rye, NY
This elegant center hall Colonial, which has yet to be completed, presents another wonderful green home opportunity. The residence will lie on 2.5 acres of land in one of Rye’s most sought after cul-de-sacs, and has plans for six bedrooms and 6,879 square feet of space. A cogeneration/geothermal heating and cooling system is among the many state-of-the-art, alternate energy source amenities that will be included in the home, ultimately producing more energy than it consumes to save money for the owner. The cogeneration system is considered to be extremely rare in Westchester County, adding yet another outstanding quality to an already incredible residential vision.