Luxury Green Homes: Are They For Real ?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK 209970

green home and acreage for sale by owner in ashevilleAnother Eco Certified® Real Estate Consultant and I happened on a "find" as we were out previewing properties for a client  here in Asheville, NC  not long ago. Horse farms and organic acreages are wonderful to visit on a mild winter's day. And, this time of year, most of the leaves have nested in the mountain crevices leaving landscapes free for viewing what otherwise might be missed.

One of those missed items was our "find"  ... a for sale by owner sign that was almost totally obscured by fallen leaves. The sign read...

 "For Sale By Owner 4 BR 5 Bath Luxury Green Home 10+ AC"

I could almost hear my eco-savvy "small footprint" proponent and pal exclaim, one eyebrow raised..
"Luxury  and Green. Can the two coexist?" 

 Echoing his sentiments I said to my companion, "It's amazing that land of this quality could be for sale so close to Asheville, but add to that  a luxury green-built home on the land ...I don't know. What do you think?"  

 Always on top of things, my Eco Certified® associate replied,

" Well....according to the folks at the NC Green  Builder Program, ‘Green building' is also referred to as ‘high performance building' or ‘sustainable building.'

So if a luxury home is built with the intention to use energy, water, and materials efficiently during the construction and lifetime of the structure; the health and productivity of occupants is supported; and the impact of the structure on the local and global environment is minimized...I suppose it could be GREEN, eh?!"

"People around Asheville, NC are hungry for sustainable design and building, " I nodded ,as we cleared off the sign in search of an email address and/or phone number. This could turn out to be an Excellent Find!"    What do YOU think?  Excellent Find?  Luxury Green Homes: can they be for real??

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What do YOU think?  Excellent Find?  Luxury Green Homes: can they be for real??

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janeAnne - of course luxury can be green! I don't remember learning that a green home had size requirements. Maybe it's large but self-sustaining -- maybe it even contributes electricity back to the community.

Nov 28, 2008 09:57 AM #2
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Cadillac is now making a hybrid version of the Escalade. I think that is missing the point of going hybrid. So is a gigantic luxury "green" home.

 

Dec 01, 2008 03:32 AM #3
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I think the wealthy have an important role to play in helping to lead us toward greater sustainability.  They have the time and the means to implement green practices in their luxury homes and lifestyles.  Those green practices will eventually cascade down to mainstream America, to benefit the average homeowner.  Green luxury is not an oxymoron :)
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One year ago today...  I just stopped by to see what you were blogging about.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Mike in Tucson

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