Extreme Real Estate: Going Off the Grid


Going Off the Grid

Going “off the grid” is defined as living in a self-sufficient manner without relying on some or any public utilities to provide water, electricity or heat. The three main reasons why a person might desire to go off-grid are:

1. To reduce the negative impact they have on the environment and reduce use of non-renewable energy sources;
2. To save money in the long term with reduced or non-existent utility bills; and
3. To disconnect from a political system they do not care to participate in or be complicit with.

The quickest and simplest way to go off the grid is to buy a house that has already been developed as or converted to an off-grid property and we’ve found a couple worth looking at.

Keeping It Simple in Taos, NM

Fifteen miles west of arty-farty and sensationally scenic Taos, NM is the entirely off the grid community of Tres Orejas where the nearest power pole is 4 miles away and where a metal sculptor recently listed his 1,000 square foot off-grid house for $125,000.

Although completely off the grid and environmentally sensitive, Tres Orejas is not like living on the moon since a satellite dish for TV and high speed internet and cell phone service provide hi-tech links to the outside world.

For more information contact James Vienup at (505) 259-6413.

Off-Grid Goes Glam in Julian, CA

About an hour east of San Diego, CA, in the historic gold rush town of Julian, off-grid goes glam in a luxurious and completely footprint free house with an asking price of $1,699,876. The 5+ acre mountain top property sits 5,000 feet above sea level with panoramic views of the Cuyamaca mountains. The multi-winged manse measures 4,490 sq. ft. and includes a family friendly 3-5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

No luxury or fine finish was spared in the sprawling house. There are travertine marble and cherry wood floors, a 1,700 sq. ft. great room with 21-foot ceilings and a 10-foot projection television, and a gourmet kitchen with a walk in pantry, instant hot water system, two ovens, and two dishwashers. The master suite includes dual walk-in closets, a fireplace, spa tub and an adjacent room sitting room or office.

The entire property, built in 2005, leaves no energy footprint thanks to an extensive solar system that creates all the power required to run the house and domestic water comes from a well drilled on the property. The exterior is clad in a fireproof concrete siding and a three car garage provides plenty of space for a small fleet of hybrid cars.For more information contact Susan Marshall at (858) 449-2444.

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