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For Sale 1.4 Acres With Active Building Permit for a Straw Bale House in Colorado

St. Vrain RiverFor those of you interested in purchasing land in Colorado and building a straw bale house, here’s an incredible property that has the ball already rolling towards your success. Check out the information below about this amazing piece of land. Here’s a quick summary: 1.4 acres; Active building permit & plans for 1200 square foot straw bale, passive solar house. The photo is at the St. Vrain trailhead, 1/4 mile from the land.

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Beautiful Straw Bale House For Sale in California

InteriorCheck out this beautiful, artisan-owner designed straw bale home located in rural Lake County, California. The home is located on 13 acres of pastoral valley land that provides serenity and beauty around the home. This one bedroom/one bath home has over 1900 sq. ft. of living space with a gourmet kitchen and lots of privacy. The interior has an open feel to it and the barrel ceiling/roof line is as original as it is beautiful. The interior woodwork, in the form of exposed beams and loft framing, adds contrast to the soft curves of the bales and plaster details throughout the home. (more…)

Help Save a Historic Straw Bale Building

la Maison FeuilletteI received this email today and want to share it with you all. We can all play a part in saving a piece of straw bale history: a bale home built in 1920 in France. This is not the first time I have posted this request and I am glad to see that the campaign is still moving forward with the goal of purchasing the home. You can read more below and see how you can get involved in saving a piece of straw bale history! (more…)

Beautiful Straw Bale Home Slideshow

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look at a stunning slideshow, even if you have no interest in buying this particular straw bale house (it is currently offered for sale). The photos are beautiful and you can really get a sense of how warm and inviting a straw bale home can be. Here’s the link to check out the slideshow.

Unique Straw Bale Home For Sale in Mt. Shasta, CA

Mt. Shasta Home For SaleThis unique home was built in 2008 using passive solar and straw-bale construction techniques (the entire south wall of the house is glass, and the home’s post and beam constructed walls are insulated with straw-bales). This home is conveniently located in “old town” Mount Shasta, within easy walking distance of the city’s restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Some of the home’s unique artistic elements include: custom made pointed arch doors and doorways, stained concrete floors with mosaic detailing, concrete countertops, sculptural and curvy interior and exterior walls, extra deep window wells, and more. In addition to the heavily insulated straw-bale walls, the home achieves maximum energy efficiency due to its heavily insulated sub-concrete slab (2″ foam), its heavily insulated attic (approx. r-50 “blown-in” fiberglass). The hydronic heating system in its floor, and the entirely glass south wall (which allows in copious amounts of winter sun) combine to make the home feel snug throughout, even on the chilliest of winter days. The master bedroom has its own private bath, a walk in closet, a sliding glass door opening up to the sunny south side, and double sliding pocket-doors that allow this space to open up into the adjacent living room. Other “bonus features” include thick front yard vegetation (including three 100 foot plus pine trees) which gives substantial front yard privacy, a low maintenance metal roof, and 9 ft. interior ceiling height throughout.

The seller is asking $250,000. To view photos of the home, please click here.

To visit the home in person, please contact the seller at: newtub@hotmail.com

OVERVIEW

1500 square feet
3 bedrooms, 2 bath
1 car garage
75’x130′ city lot
built 2008

Straw Bale House For Sale in Kansas


This is the ultimate survivor/prepper/homesteader paradise. Private and secluded, not seen from the dead end gravel road, is a 26 ft. round, 2 story, 3 bedroom 1 bath strawbale house, with live roof; built in 2008. Completely off grid location with solar array, and backup generator, to supply all your modern conveniences. Custom inlayed hardwood floors, custom butcher-block countertops, outdoor kitchen/sun room/screen porch and wrap around deck. Heat source is a modern, Amish made, wood fired cook stove; providing plenty of heat for this highly efficient shelter, as well as, hot water and unlimited baking. Cooling is provided passively, by holding the night temperature all day; as well as, by a geothermal “earthtube” system, which draws air through underground 4″ pipes.

Water is very abundant here, springs dot the hillside. We have dug two spring catchments, and lined them with rock. There is also a well in the bottomland that never goes dry; even in the drought of 2012. It is equipped with a solar pump that automatically comes on when the sun comes up. On a sunny day, it pumps up to 600 gallons/day into your choice of either a 200 gallon stainless steel tank that gravity feeds to the house, or a 10,000 gallon pool that can be used to gravity irrigate the 2 acre garden, or cool off in. There is also a 1,000 gallon rain catchment system on the barn for watering the animals. Two, crystal clear, spring fed creeks merge on the property, and feed into the Big Sugar Creek that clips the corner of the property. We have the only good access around for canoeing, fishing, and swimming.

If you are interested, please contact the owners directly here.

Incredible Piece of Heaven For Sale

Land OverviewThis incredible piece of property is where I used to live and where I raised my kids for 11 years. It is one of the most incredible pieces of land I know of. I am sad to see it go; however, I understand that it is too much for one person (my mother-in-law) to manage on her own. It is time for the next adventure for her and so the land must find a new partner to inspire. Maybe it will be you. I could talk about how amazing this land is for hours with its year round natural creeks, springs and ponds which yield a bounty of water for the property, among other amazing traits. It also boasts excellent solar gain, beautiful views, and a magic within the land that I could never describe to you in a blog entry. I’ll do my best within this article to expand on what the Realtor has written on her website about the property. Just know that this truly is a piece of heaven. I should also say that I would not be surprised if my daughter comes knocking on your door one day looking to buy it back from you. She always dreamed (and still does) of living there herself when she is older, with her own family. I hope that dream comes true for her.

Land KitchenThis is a one-of-a-kind Applegate Valley Retreat located 15 minutes outside of Southern Oregon’s national historic landmark town of Jacksonville. It’s a 90 acre paradise with multiple dwellings which offer a variety of living possibilities. The remodeled main home comes with complete separate living on each level of over 1700 sq.ft.

Land Caretaker HouseThe remodeled single level 3 bedroom caretaker’s home on a knoll setting has incredible views of the pastures to the North and mountains to the South (and North for that matter). This used to be our house when we lived on the land and I must say that the views are incredible. There is also a detached 3 car garage with a private studio and bathroom down by the horse pastures.

Land SB CabinThere’s even a straw bale village with 3 separate sleeping units, sauna/bath house & central kitchen. These cabins were all built by workshop participants over the years. They are truly special and they can be and have been used as rental cabins to generate extra income for the property owner. There is also a cute mobile cottage (fully remodeled in recent years and quite charming) with a private deck overlooking a small meadow. Up above our old house there are two more structures in a private treed setting that open to another private pasture. One is a load bearing straw bale and the other, known as the Strawberry House (when my kids were little, they thought I was saying “strawberry” when I said straw bale), was originally straw and then remodeled to the structure you see today.

Land PondThis property offers approx. 20 acres of pasture with irrigation rights, 3 large ponds; one designated as an irrigation pond which is fed by a natural creek, spring and well. There is a beautiful 4 stall horse barn with its own living quarters, tack room, feed stall, hot and cold washing facility, horse shower, and drying rack. The floor is fully matted and there is a large, open-air, fenced riding arena off to the side.

Land BarnThere’s more… A custom greenhouse, fenced organic gardens (have been organic for over 13 years), apple orchards, rose garden, irrigated and fenced horse pastures, and irrigated landscaping throughout the property. There is even a waterfall to visit on one of your many hikes or rides through this secluded heaven. The whole property is surrounded by thousands of acres of BLM land and the adventures and explorations are endless from your back door.

Land WaterfallAs much as it makes me sad to see this property leave the family, I have hope that it will inspire someone else and hold them with the same love it has offered us. If that person is you, please contact Jeanne Schattler (a friend of ours who is the listing agent…actually, I think she was the first friend we ever made when we moved to Southern Oregon, so it is somewhat full circle for her to be selling the land for us) through her website. You can see lots more photos of the property there as well.

Land ViewIf you’re the philanthropic type, feel free to buy the property in my daughter’s name and make her the happiest 13 year old girl in the world! ;) I had to throw that in there!

Click here to visit the Real Estate Agent’s page.

Testing Moisture Levels in Your Straw Bale House

People often talk to me about testing the moisture content of the bales in their walls once their straw bale house is complete. For some it’s just a passing thought, but one they want to pursue. For others who are perhaps buying an existing straw bale home from a previous owner, it’s a must as they want to be sure the bale walls are dry. Whatever the reason, unless there are sensors built into the wall (which is rare) they need a way to access the bales without destroying the plaster. (more…)

-SOLD- Strawbale Home For Sale in Oregon

I think listing this property for sale on my website is an interesting example of the full circle of life. It was this house that really inspired me to commit myself to straw bale construction. I worked on this house, as a helper and nothing more auspicious, and found a real desire to make my living around straw bale projects. This property has also been an inspiration for several of my past clients. When they would come to visit this area with hopes of moving here, they would either visit Hummingbird or stay at the Bed and Breakfast. I knew, on some level, that if they were to stay there, their commitment to this area and to straw bale construction would be complete. It’s really that special of a place!

Go to www.strawbalehomeforsale.com for lots of wonderful photos, a video of the acreage and an extensive video tour (included in this blog post as well) that will be of interest to natural home builders even if they are not looking to buy. I really mean that, the video is great and shows you, in depth, what life in a green, eco-friendly home can be like.

Here’s what the owners have to say about it:

“There are many catch-words used these days to describe energy efficient homes built with natural materials and respect for the land: green, eco-friendly, passive solar, low impact, non-toxic. The property described here is all of these things plus the energy of the artist-owner-builders and all the volunteers and craftsmen whose good will is embedded throughout. Hummingbird is not just a “must see” place but a must “feel”. It is a well-designed family home that we utilize as a Bed & Breakfast.

This is the perfect set up for someone looking for a place in the country to live, work and pursue passions. We currently use the second 2300 sq ft adobe building as a workshop center with ceramics and painting studios. Imagine a place where there are big, separate spaces for a home business (with hi-speed internet, which is unusual around here), home schooling, art and music studios, a shop, or even a winery or brewery! The possibilities are endless.”

How much does it cost?

The asking price is $595,000. The owners are willing to carry a contract and will consider any reasonable offer. They want to move closer to family in Portland and their grandchildren are growing up fast! Once sold the owners are going to bequeath the URL strawbalehomeforsale.com to us here at strawbale.com to use in our efforts to help folks buy and sell straw bale properties.

A Must Watch Video

As promised, here’s the video that the owners have created for the property. It is definitely worth watching whether you hope to buy the place or are just curious about healthy and smart construction.

Straw Bale House For Sale in Québec

This unique and ecological house is situated at the end of a quiet, secure and very private street in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. This is a Canadian municipality situated in the province of Québec, in the MRC of Argenteuil in the area known as the Laurentian’s.

Grenville-sur-la-Rouge is situated north of the Ottawa River and just across the town of Hawkesbury. Its geography is characterized by the setting of the Laurentians Mountains. The Rouge River joins the Ottawa River at the western potion of the municipality. This river is very popular for its nautical activities: Kayaking, Rafting, and Canoeing.

Grenville-sur-la-Rouge is a quiet, secure, artistic, professional and bilingual community, close to the Ottawa, Montréal, and the Laurentian Ski resorts. The property is situated near the municipal walking path, and just two minutes from the Hawkesbury-Grenville interprovincial bridge. It is well situated and close to shopping malls, provincial’s highways, hospitals, and Laurentian skiing areas.

Some details of this mezzanine style house:

  • 30 by 40 feet southern exposure with high efficiency windows for maximum sun entry
  • 3 bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms, separate shower and full bath
  • 3 distinct heating systems: Brock high efficiency central heating, 2 high efficiency wood stoves, and high efficiency electric heaters.
  • The house has a finished basement
  • The house is covered with hand made pine sidings, and the roof has commercial steel covering
  • The house walls is a wood structure insulated with straw bales (R52 factor)
  • Its mezzanine style and open concept permit for easy air circulation and a sense of well being
  • The inside of the house is finished using old fashioned cement-sand-limestone, jack pine floors
  • The house is supplied by a deep well and a standard approved septic system
  • The house resides on a 1.5 acres lot covered at 55% with mature trees
  • Detached from the house is a 2 car garage
  • High speed internet is available in the area.

The house is presently in the process of getting it’s LEEDS certification.

Call for private viewing (819) 242-5658 or email: cvll@hawk.igs.net for details. Please only serious, environmentally committed, financially sound buyers.

Please be sure to mention you heard about the property on StrawBale.com. Thanks!

The home is offered at $259,000.

Help Preserve the Oldest Straw Bale Structure in Europe

If you have ever wondered what the oldest straw bale structure in Europe is, you can stop wondering. It’s this home, built in 1921 in Montargis, France. No, it’s not a ChiaPet either, those vines are growing on the surface of the plaster and there are no signs of any degradation of the plaster as a result. That’s pretty amazing to me as I know how strong vines can be and how often then destroy plaster finishes or push their way through window jambs and roof eaves. This is truly a clear indication of the strength of the plaster on this structure. This house is 91 years young and still going strong! It does, however, need our help.

The house has been for sale for over a year now and a group of straw bale enthusiasts, the RFCP or French Straw Bale Building Network, are looking to purchase the property and preserve it for the future. They hope to show it off as a model for healthy, innovative, and efficient construction to those who would listen (many as we are all learning). Even though it was built in 1921, it used the same techniques for construction that are currently approved in the straw bale building code recently validated in France. Furthermore, the home actually has energy efficiency standards that would have met the requirements in 2005. That’s pretty impressive and clearly the builder, an engineer named Feuillette, had a vision of something better than the norm of his time.

During Construction in 1921

Here’s how you can help. The RFCP is trying to raise money through donations to purchase the property. It’s not cheap, and their goal of 250,000 € is still quite far off. Every donation helps, and you can then become part of history by helping to preserve this beautiful home. Here’s the link to make a donation today. If you want to learn more about the house and how the RFCP sees it as a valuable property worth saving, please read more here.

Straw Bale Home For Sale in S. Colorado’s San Luis Valley

The backdrop for this home is amazing. Yes, it get cold in the winter, but with a straw bale home, you won’t mind at all. You’ll be happy to look out at the stellar views from the comfort of your super efficient straw bale home. This home sits on five fenced acres in the beautiful San Luis Valley. If you’ve never been there, it’s certainly a slice of heaven. The views are like no other place I’ve been. It’s like standing at the feet of mountain gods!

Here are some of the features of this home:

  • Double-pane windows throughout.
  • Metal roof
  • Post-and-beam frame made with 12-inch wooden poles.
  • Two-string (R-45) barley straw bales covered with portland stucco.
  • Off-the-grid wind- and photovoltaic electrical power.
  • Propane gas cooking and heating installed.
  • Wood heat stove on-site.
  • Octaganal open area floor plan including 780-square foot Great Room and 180-sq. foot sleeping loft, plus walkway to attached 300-sq. foot greenhouse.

As is always said about real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. The same is true here. As you can see in the picture above, you get amazing views with this property. What usually happens in such cases is that you must choose to live hours from “civilization” to afford such great views. Not in this case. Groceries, gas, and the post office are within only six miles of the house. The school is only 10 miles away. If you need something more than the local town can offer you, the city of Alamosa is only 22 short miles away. If adventure is your thing, you can explore the Great Sand Dunes since the entrance is only 16 miles from the property.

Built on the base of three of Colorado’s famous 14,000-foot plus peaks, this property offers unparalleled mountain scenery out the back door, with unmatched vistas of the entire San Luis Valley out of the front.

The property, located just North of Blanca, Colorado, is currently being offered for $75,000. Contact Laura at lowinget@yahoo.com for more information.

Retreat Straw Bale Cabins for Rent in Southern Oregon

Gabriella here…I am pleased to post that all of the 200 sq.ft. cottages that we built over the years when we lived out on my mother’s land have been completed and they look amazing!  These cabins were built largely during the several workshops we help up on the land so some of you may recognize them from that.  My mother, Margareta, has finished them up completely and configured the 90 acre property to be a retreat center.  I have to say that it looks beautiful and having the straw bale cabins on the property ads perfectly to the feel of a calm and peaceful healing space.  Anyone can rent the cabins for $45 each per night which also gives one access to the bathing straw bale cabin (full bathroom plus a beautiful straw bale sauna!), access to thousands of acres of hiking, ponds, and is just 15 minutes from historic Jacksonville.  There is also a large retreat space (about 1,500 sq.ft.) that can be rented if you want to host your own workshop on the property. If you’ve ever been curious about how it feels to sleep in a straw bale cabin, this is a great opportunity!

For more info visit www.ramsayrealty.com, click on vacation rentals

Southwest Mountain Home For Sale in Colorado

SOUTHWEST MOUNTAIN HOME

Longs Canyon – Trinidad Colorado

Combining southwestern luxury and charm with a unique earth-friendly design, this 9-year old, 4,788 + sq. ft. straw-bale home is nestled on 35 acres above a evergreen canyon west of Trinidad Colorado.

This custom Rocky Mountain homestead is situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains.  About 320 days a year the sun warms this neo-southwestern home with it’s 2-foot thick, R-55, straw-bale walls with tan stucco outside and European-style hand troweled plaster in. The energy-efficient passive solar design is supplemented by a totally quiet and efficient in-floor radiant heating system covered by Italian, terracotta ceramic tile and a massive kiva-style fireplace.

The spacious design boasts vaulted 16-foot ceilings and two enclosed gardens. The floor plan is accented by round corners, sweeping curved walls and plenty of double-insulated casement windows which reveal a landscape that is home to native elk, deer, wild turkey, coyotes, jack rabbits, cottontails and too many birds to name.

The entire home is handcrafted, with one-of-a-kind solid maple, mission-style doors with rain-glass lights, solid cherry kitchen cabinets and hand carved garden gates.

The about 3,800 feet of living space includes an inviting 38’ x 20’ living room, 3 large bedrooms, and bonus room over the garage.

This quiet and protected 35-acre property is completely fenced and has approximately 5 acres of pasture-land, 15 acres of ponderosa pine forest, and 15 acres of piñon, cedar and oak brush.  The parcel is part of a small enclave called River Ranch Longs Canyon located 13 miles west of Trinidad Colorado – and 14 miles north of the New Mexico border.

This special home is currently a year around residence, but would also be idea for a vacation get-away, retreat center, bed & breakfast inn, or even a shared two-family home.

To see more pictures and a slide show on how this unique Straw-bale home was built, check out www.southwestmountainhome.com or www.coloradoretreat.org.

-SOLD- Lots for Sale in the Straw Bale Village

Over the years you have likely heard me talk about the Straw Bale Village: an eco-development I created in the National Historic Landmark Town of Jacksonville, Oregon. The straw bale community building along with several homes, have been completed in the Village and building lots are still available for purchase. Many of the available lots have custom designs in place that you can choose from or you can bring your own architect or ask for a referral to a local straw bale designer, it’s up to you. In fact, if you love the building lot but would rather build a rammed earth, cob, or conventional home, that’s fine too. The goal is to stay “Green” and natural.

The Village is nestled into a very quiet neighborhood which is walking distance to downtown yet has the feel of the country. Every lot has natural gas, power, cable, DSL, water and sewer installed and they are just waiting for your design to grow your dream out of the ground. At this point, I am not involved with the Village. I simply would love to see the dream I had for this beautiful piece of land come to fruition and so am posting this entry as a service to the owners of the Village. I can, however, put you directly in touch with the real estate agent in charge of selling the lots if you are interested.

This is an amazing property and the lots are all very unique. If you are looking to live in a great small town (Jacksonville) with like minded neighbors (6 of the houses are occupied) in a super efficient and naturally designed neighborhood (the Village), then this is the place for you. I should mention that there is a community building (straw bale), a place for community gardens, a community play structure, 6.5 acres of open space which all owners get to enjoy, hiking trails (on that open space), and a year round creek that flows through the property. This is truly a magical and wonderful place.

Arizona Straw Bale Home For Sale

This straw-bale home was built in 1996. The lot was once used for Ford Truck commercials because the backdrop of the mountains is that spectacular. It is the same view from the award winning spa at Miraval Resort which is only a mile down the street. Large open floor plan with master bedroom, full bath, second bedroom with full bath utility room and large great room next to the kitchen. The straw bale walls are accented in rustic wood finish throughout the home, with adobe finished inner walls. Two car garage, and a pool and patio that provide views seldom seen on postcards. It’s why we bought the home. The hot water heater is solar assisted, and in the summer you won’t run electricity to the hot water heater at all.

This home is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home and roughly 1800 square feet in size. It sits on a 1.10 acre lot with stunning views of the Catalina Mountains. It has a fireplace as well as heat pump for heating (and cooling – heat pump/AC).

This home is very energy efficient with straw-bale insulation, active solar assisted water heater, septic and Lago del Oro water company has limited customers and well over 100yr assured water supply from clean and local wells.

Rural setting just off the beaten path one mile away from the acclaimed Miraval Resort and Spa. Grocery stores are close and there’s a new mini-mall with shopping and a movie theater a few miles down Oracle road. This neighborhood is quiet and safe; We know and love all our neighbors.

The Town of Oro Valley is 9 miles away to the south and Tucson City Center is 22 miles to the south. Very drivable if you plan a day at the zoo, botanical gardens or to see a U of A game.

For more information on this home, please leave a comment below and I will connect you with the owner. They are asking $375,000. In the mean time, I’ve attached a few more photos to give you a look at the property. Enjoy!

Soon to be LEED Certified Straw Bale House For Sale

This unique and ecological house is situated at the end of  a quiet, secure and very private street in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. This is a Canadian municipality situated in the province of Québec, in the MRC of Argenteuil in the area known as the Laurentian’s.

Grenville-sur-la-Rouge is situated north of the Ottawa River and just across the town of Hawkesbury. Its geography is characterized by the setting of the Laurentians Mountains. The Rouge River joins the Ottawa River at the western potion of the municipality. This river is very popular for its nautical activities: Kayaking, Rafting, and Canoeing.Grenville-sur-la-Rouge is a quiet, secure, artistic, professional  and bilingual community, close to the Ottawa, Montréal, and the Laurentian Ski resorts.

The property is situated  near the municipal walking path, and just two minutes from the Hawkesbury-Grenville interprovincial bridge. It is well situated and close to shopping malls, provincial’s highways, hospitals, and Laurentian skiing areas.

This mezzanine style house:

  • is 30 by 40 feet  and is aligned and has high efficiency windows for maximum sun entry
  • it has 3 bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms, separate shower and full bath
  • it has 3 distinct heating systems: a Brock high efficiency central heating, 2 high efficiency wood stoves, and high efficiency electric heaters.
  • The house has a  finished basement
  • The house is covered with hand made pine sidings, and the roof has commercial steel covering
  • The house walls is of a wood structure insulated with stawbales (R52 factor)
  • Its mezzanine style and open concept permit for easy air circulation and a sense of well being
  • The inside of the house is finished using old fashioned cement-sand-limestone, jack pine floors<
  • The house is supplied by a deep well and a standard approved septic system
  • The house resides on a 1.5 acres lot covered at 55% of mature trees
  • Detached from the house is a 2 car garage
  • High speed internet is available in the area.
Asking Price is $259,000.

If you’re interested in learning more about the house, please leave a comment here and I will put you in touch with the owners.

Beautiful Straw Bale Home on 36+ Acres For Sale Near Guffey, Colorado

This sounds like an amazing property with potential to be a horse property if one were so inclined. If you would like more information on the property, please write a comment here and I’ll forward it on to the agent. I’ll let the real estate agent tell you about it in her words.

This two story post and beam home with straw bale insulation was built in 1997. As the real estate agent who sold them the land I was invited to participate in the stucco party hosted by the owners. It is a day I will never forget. Now the owners are ready to give up their dream home to move closer to family. This home sits on 36.03 acres that is nice and level for horses, although they have not kept horses on the property.

Both properties are offered for $799,900, or separately at $350,000 for the barn and acreage and $499,999 for the straw bale home, greenhouse, garage and acreage. Here are some more pictures for you to check out.

Outside the French doors is the patio with fireplace. The home area is surrounded by a straw bale fence. Adjacent to this property is another 35.89 acres with large barn and apartment.

They do have a 22 by 48 foot greenhouse with plenty of garden space that gets lots of sun. The house itself is 1752 square feet. On the main level is living room with wood burning stove, roomy kitchen and dining area. One bedroom, one full bath and mud/laundry room complete the main level. Upstairs is the master bedroom, 3rd bedroom and a two part bathroom with new shower and claw foot tub.

 





A Straw Bale Guest Chalet Vacation Rental in South Okanagan, BC

I was sent an announcement today about this two suite, straw bale guest chalet rental in BC Canada. This is pretty interesting and looks like a beautiful area. I’ve been to the Okanagan Valley and it is pretty amazing; however, I don’t think Ive ever been to this location. There is tons to do in Okanagan if you like wine tasting, skiing and other outdoor activities. I like this concept because the straw bale building could potentially turn others onto this type of construction. When I first started building straw bale homes, I found that the best way to get someone who had never heard of the technique excited about it was to have them visit a bale house. There’s nothing like the feel of a straw bale building and so by letting them experience it first hand, they got an immediate sense of how amazing their own straw bale home could be. I think having people stay in one of the two chalet suites could help inspire them towards living a life surrounded by bales of their own!

So if you know anyone who might be interested in staying in the Okanagan area, on some 500 acres above Anarchist Mountain, please send them to this link so they can consider staying in a green suite rather than a typical house or hotel. It just may be the tipping point for their green living lifestyle change. Here’s the link: www.almightysummitestate.com

Just another cool detail: the property is run on solar power with back up generators (just in case) and the bathrooms have waterless composting toilets. The overall experience is that of a green lifestyle within the comforts of a beautiful home in a gorgeous part of the world. Please do support this type of business if you can. Their rates are also very reasonable in my opinion. Enjoy!

-SOLD- Gracious Country Straw Bale Home & Big Adobe Studio in Sunny Southern Oregon

I think my listing this property for sale on my website is an interesting example of the full circle of life. It was this house that really inspired me to commit myself to straw bale consturction. I worked on this house, as a helper and nothing more auspitious, and found a real desire to make my living around straw bale projects. This property has also been an inspiration for several of my past clients. When they would come to visit this area in hope sof moving here, they would either visit Humingbird or stay at the Bed and Breakfast. I knew, on some level, that if they were to stay there, their commitment to this area and to straw bale construction would be complete. It’s really that special of a place! Here’s what the owners have to say about it:

There are many catch-words used these days to describe energy efficient homes built with natural materials and respect for the land: green, eco-friendly, passive solar, low impact, non-toxic. The property described here is all of these things plus the energy of the artist-owner-builders and all the volunteers and craftsmen whose good will is embedded throughout. Hummingbird is not just a “must see” place but a must “feel”. People feel it all the time- like the repair man who recently asked “Is this a straw-bale house? The whole place felt different as soon as I drove in- it felt good.” and the B&B guests who wrote comments such as ” The house felt like a living thing…the curved stucco walls an embrace.” and “When I stepped into Hummingbird I felt a peacefulness.”

Now this property is looking for enthusiastic new owners. For those who would choose a life in the thoughtful lane, we hope you will visit. The sunshine, the quiet and a canopy of stars all await you. In the meantime, enjoy these web pages and the following images.

Check out this short video to learn more about the magical property that is Hummingbird.



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