You can get decked out in your best green duds and enjoy a green cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day. But when it comes to going green, it’s more than just a one-day commitment. Many of today’s luxury homebuyers are looking to express their eco tendencies without compromising in style, space or setting. So, we’ve scoured the state to find some great California properties for sale that allow you to go green and live grand.
Think architectural distinction and eco-friendliness are mutually exclusive? This Saratoga estate is here to prove otherwise. The juxtaposition of large expanses of glass against rich wood sets an elegant tone, while the careful use of materials adds an earth-friendly perspective. “Sustainably built and designed to thrive within its geographic environment,” the 3,700-square-foot Silicon Valley residence on more than two acres boasts cork and palm wood floors and madrone wood cabinets.
The home also features three bedrooms plus an office, Weiland sliding glass wall systems that disappear for true indoor-outdoor living, a 15-seat home theater, sweeping views of the Montalvo Hills, and is served by the acclaimed Saratoga schools.
This property is listed for $4,995,000 by Andrea Ivarsson of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Los Gatos.
Can you have the ultimate L.A. property with superstar appeal and a friendly-to-the-Earth outlook? Welcome to Trousdale Estates’ most alluring residence. This celebrity-owned architectural estate has everything an iconic property should: privacy behind gates; beautiful entertaining spaces; walls of glass; distinctive architectural touches; a remarkable kitchen that opens directly to a view deck; sumptuous bedroom suites; and exquisite outdoor areas including multiple patios, a viewing pavilion with firepit, and a meditation garden, all relishing canyon and ocean views.
The home’s design seamlessly incorporates several eco-conscious features, including: photovoltaic electric panels; a solar-heated pool; thermal glass, double glazed UV windows with motorized shades; ventless fireplaces fueled by eco-friendly bio-ethanol; and bamboo floors.
This home is listed for $12,995,000 by Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Beverly Hills.
Distinctive architecture, eco-conscious features, equestrian facilities, a close-in location, and large acreage? It can be done. This post and beam “timber” house captivates with modern rustic design showcasing beamed ceilings, custom butcher block doors, numerous fireplaces, and reclaimed redwood timber.
Additional green features of the 5,500-square-foot home include siting that allows the house to enjoy filtered light and shade from century-old oak trees, an orchard filled with more than 50 stone fruit and nut trees, organic vegetable and herb gardens with more than 10 raised beds and seven terraced garden areas, “providing a sustainable farm-to-table lifestyle,” and storage tanks for harvested irrigation water.
Located in a private enclave of Trabuco Canyon’s gated Hamilton Oaks community, the property offers close to nine acres with equestrian facilities including a four-stall horse stable and three pastures, miles of trails and open space, and exceptional valley and hillside views.
This home is listed for $2,699,999 by Timothy Smith of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Newport Beach.
Overlooking Encinitas Moonlight State Beach with sparkling water and sunset views, this North County San Diego contemporary Cape Cod is not only powered by solar panels, but there’s already an electric car charger in the garage for your Tesla.
The 3,469-square-foot residence offers an ideal floorplan for families or anyone looking to be close to the beach while also enjoying a leaner energy output. It features five bedrooms and four baths, a media room, wine cellar, two large decks, and a grassy yard, with ocean views from multiple vantage points.
This home is listed for $3,550,000 by Kelly Howard with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Encinitas.