Who Lives Underground? Not Just Moles!

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

Mole PhotoThat was what the newspaper headline of the Journal Messenger said in 1983 when they were writing about my current earth sheltered home listing in Manassas.  The current owner of the property is only the second owner of the home and she is fortunate enough to have the original photos of the home being built (which I had burned to a CD) and the newspaper articles that were published when the home was first built.

It is amazing to read how the original builder, a man named George Allison, thought that with all of the energy saving features the home provided that there would a lot of these homes built in the near future.  Of course we all know that the near future is way past, this was 1983 after all and though there were a few more of these homes built in our area, they did not catch on.

Was it because they were too futuristic for the time?  Is it because people think that living underground is dark or damp?   Was it banks reluctance to make construction loans on underground homes?  It may have been those and so many more reasons.  Now with energy conservation and ECO friendly living is at the forefront I am surprised that more people have not taken advantage of the opportunity to build earth sheltered homes.

Everyone who visits the house is completely taken aback by the amount of natural light they find.  The entire front of the house is a wall of windows.  The only two rooms in the house that do not have a large bank of window are the two bathrooms.  Pipes around the perimeter of the home take outside air and pull it underground which raises and lowers the temperature based on the current weather conditions.   Since the earth stays a fairly constant 55-60 degrees all year long it does not take much additional energy to heat or cool this home.  Amazing in a time where the standard heating and AC bills are through the roof.

I hope that more home buyers will consider learning about sustainability, ECO-friendly building practices and perhaps make the prediction of the original builder of this home come true and consider buying or building an earth-sheltered home. 

A few other blogs I've penned regarding green living.

What's Growing on Your Roof
Going Green doesn't require you become a Frog!
How Green is Your Money

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I certainly like the idea of effluent living but think most people shun the idea of living underground.
Jul 22, 2007 01:09 PM #1
R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
Bank of England (NMLS#418481) - Raleigh, NC
Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

They can be cool, (no pun intended) can't they?  My brother designed one as part of an architectural competition back in the 80's  and it was neat then and would be neat now!


Bob Mitchell

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Jul 22, 2007 01:20 PM #2
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
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Pretty cool literally and in concept, but I like to look out a bit as well.
Jul 22, 2007 01:36 PM #3
Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
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I first saw this type of home as a child in Kansas.  People dug in to be less vulnerable to tornados.  Today, I am living temporarily in the basement apartment of my house while the new bathrooms are being built, and it is amazingly cool - temperature, that is, not like cool cool.  I can't wait to get upstairs!  But a few weeks ago when there were tornado alerts in our nation's capital, I slept like a baby.
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