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11 Stunning Homes You Wouldn’t Know Are Eco-Friendly

Barri Segal

Eco-friendly homes are designed and built to have a minimal impact on the environment. Their materials and technology reduce dwellers’ energy needs as well as their carbon footprints. Because construction companies are responsible for up to 40% of man-made emissions — and because climate change is becoming a bigger threat across the globe — the construction of eco-friendly homes has skyrocketed.

New building materials and eco-friendly techniques are being created often, and they include everything from solar panels to wind turbines, from highly efficient lighting and insulation to recycling systems — and that’s just the beginning.

Take a look at these 11 eco-friendly homes and discover ways to live luxuriously — without offending Mother Nature.

Markham Ranch: Salinas, California

  • Price: $3.6 million
  • Interior square footage: 6,330
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 5 full, 2 half

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

This Mediterranean beauty with a view is set into natural grounds, with its rocks and infrastructure providing an oasis from the world around it. With a neutral footprint, it is eco-friendly, and it also enables residents to go off the grid on the 10.82-acre property, thanks to its cutting-edge power generation, storage and water systems. Fruit trees, courtyards, terraces, a pool and spa and a gourmet kitchen all add to the ambiance. Designed efficiently, the home also features a guesthouse for visitors. 

Casa Estaciones: Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico

  • Price: $11 million
  • Interior square footage: 71,364
  • Units: 36

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

Set on 6.8 acres of botanical gardens in Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico, Casa Estaciones features 36 individual units, all designed — and decorated — with a sustainable concept. The development is made up of lofts, homes, duplexes and villas. The compound includes common areas for laundry, a gym, a warehouse and offices, plus two restaurants, a spa, pool, sports courts, a store and gardens. Move here and you’d never have to leave the eco-friendly property.

Merkaba: Tenino, Washington

  • Price: $9.79 million
  • Interior square footage: 8,462
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 4 1/2

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

If you’ve ever dreamed of living away from the roaring crowd, this home might be for you, considering it sits on 89.5 acres. The designer fashioned it after “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation” in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and the circular residence boasts sustainable gardens, a saltwater pool and an archery range. Because of its geothermal and solar systems, residents can live almost off the grid. A separate, three-bedroom guesthouse is perfect for visitors.

Clinton Hill: 336 Park Ave., Brooklyn, New York

  • Price: $2.2 million
  • Interior square footage: 2,555
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 1/2

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

When you think eco-friendly, Brooklyn might not be the first place that comes to mind. That said, maybe it should. This four-story house features thick walls, radiant-heated poured concrete floors and maintenance-free metal siding. Double-glazed, airtight windows combine with the state-of-the-art insulation and air filtration system to keep things energy efficient, and a roof deck on the top opens up endless eco-friendly possibilities. Sustainable rooftop garden, anyone? Perhaps best of all, the home comes with two parking spaces, which are prized possessions in The Big Apple.

The Egg Farm: Carmel, California

  • Price: $4.15 million
  • Interior square footage: 3,432
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

When it comes to this property, lovingly known as The Egg Farm by locals, any modern farmer would love this 1920s farmhouse that’s set on almost nine level acres in the beautiful Carmel Valley floor. It uses city utilities, but it is also self-sufficient with permitted irrigation and solar capabilities for those who want to live off the grid. It comes with more than 200 olive and fruit trees, chickens, horses, hogs, sheep and seasonal row crops. In addition, there’s a guesthouse, a caretaker’s house and, perhaps best of all, a nearby river for summer swimming.

3708 Linden Ave., Fort Worth, Texas

  • Price: $649,000
  • Interior square footage: 3,363
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 1/2

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

This custom-built, eco-friendly house is a steal. It’s located in the center of Fort Worth’s Cultural District and comes with a green design and sustainable, energy-efficient construction. Its eco-friendly features include solar panels, stormwater management, metal framing, energy-efficient windows, foam insulation and a standing seam metal roof.  Modern amenities still abound, however, with the home’s open floor plan, luxury kitchen, master suite and vaulted ceilings.

Pacific Street Lofts: 1311 Pacific St., Unit 505, Brooklyn, New York

  • Price: $635,000
  • Interior square footage: 623
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms:1

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

Billed as a “junior loft condo,” this property comes with a tax abatement until 2027. It’s made from insulated concrete forms and features ductless mini-split systems for heating and cooling. Highly energy efficient and soundproof, the development boasts a number of amenities, such as a fully equipped gym, as well as hot water and laundry that are included in the monthly homeowners association dues, which are just over $400. If you work in Manhattan, you can walk three short blocks to the train, and you’ll be close to the Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Park, Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn Zoo and Brooklyn Public Library.

East Flatbush: 651 New York Ave., Unit 507, Brooklyn, New York

  • Price: $495,000
  • Interior square footage: 581
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

Energy-efficient ductless heating and cooling systems make this place eco-friendly, and the private-keyed elevator’s frame of reclaimed wood continues the theme. The loft features polished concrete floors, a Scandinavian-style bathroom with a rainfall shower and soaking tub, and in the kitchen, Caesarstone counters and Bosch and Blomberg appliances. The building includes a full gym, and residents can buy deeded covered parking spaces.

Onion Flats: 342 E. Berks St., Unit 2, Philadelphia

  • Price: $545,000
  • Interior square footage: 1,689
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

This detached condominium is located in the Onion Flats, one of Fishtown’s first sustainable projects, featured in Dwell magazine. The common parking area features a rainwater collection system and green pavers, and each private flagstone patio comes with low-maintenance landscaping. Radiant heat keeps the bamboo and slate floor warm in the winter and helps save energy, and the windows and the high ceilings do the same by letting the sun shine through. Solar panels with separate meters help residents cut down energy costs, and a common green roof area provides the perfect spot for gatherings. A private driveway with room for two cars is a welcome touch in a city that often has parking challenges.

Urban Reserve: 34 Vanguard Way, Dallas

  • Price: $999,900
  • Interior square footage: 2,582
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 1/2

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

Built in 2016 in the Dallas Urban Reserve area, this custom-built, contemporary home offers eco-friendly touches such as a standing seam metal roof, Accoya acetylated wood siding with a 50-year guarantee, spray foam insulation, a high-efficiency HVAC system, tankless water heaters and Lutron Caseta smart lighting. The lot is covered with mature landscaping, and the 40-foot lap pool provides a respite from that Texas summer heat.

Ecoheal: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  • Price: $1.3 million
  • Interior square footage: 2,107
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1 1/2

Eco-Friendly Features of This Home

Set on 1 1/2 acres, this residential healing sanctuary is very close to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. It is made up of a home, meditation hut and a healing and learning center, all set near a large pond and a number of walking trails. Not only is it beautiful, but it features a design that incorporates a patented Earthen Forming System, developed by the sanctuary’s founder. That system provides the dwellers with health benefits as well as weather-resistance and energy efficiency.

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