Straw Bale House For Sale in Ashland, Oregon

The owners of this unique straw bale house in Ashland asked if I could post information about it here. They are selling their home and I think this may be a great place for them to find the perfect buyer. The house is roughly 1736 square feet and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

It sits on nearly two acres of land above Southern Oregon University. It is listed at $469,000. If you know Ashland, you know this is within the market.

The following are the real estate agent’s comments of the property: Here is your opportunity to move into the convenient truth of low impact living! This energy efficient straw bale home sits on 1.79 lush acres secluded above Southern Oregon University with easy access to downtown Ashland. Built by an award winning designer and builder in a peaceful setting of open space, trees and a creek with great views. Large upstairs loft with four closets currently used as two partitioned bedrooms w/master, kitchen and dining/living area on the main floor. This is the time and place to own a natural nontoxic earth friendly home to live in or use as a vacation rental.

Please feel free to post comments to this blog if you are interested. I can forward your information to the agent if you desire.


4 Responses to Straw Bale House For Sale in Ashland, Oregon

  1. Carrie Fri, August 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    I emailed you yesterday I think, but I would appreciate the agent’s info whenever you get a chance. Thanks!

  2. Andrew Morrison Mon, August 29, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    Hi Carrie. The price has been lowered to $469,000. The agent’s contact information is below. If you contact him, please be sure to let him know you came to him through me ( Thanks.

    Mark Philhower
    240 East Main Street
    Ashland, OR 97520
    Phone: ((54) 1) -482-6868
    Fax: ((54) 1) -482-6881

  3. Bruce Brown Tue, November 11, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    We have a straw bale home, due in part to your website and suggestions. A belated thank you. The home is lovely, energy efficient, and we would do the same construction again. We are looking to refinance the home and are finding many of the national mortgage brokers do not write mortgages on straw bale homes. Do you have any suggestions on companies that we may contact that do. Thanks in advance

    Bruce Brown

  4. Andrew
    Andrew Tue, November 11, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Hi Bruce. So glad that you are happy with your home. It can be difficult to find banks that are willing to work with bale homes simply because the bankers don’t understand the home they are working with. One thing you might try is to explain to them that straw bale homes are not unusual “anymore.” In fact, there is a provision in the NATIONAL building code (the IRC, which stands for International Residential Code) that recognizes straw bale construction as a viable construction technique. This may help. I also try to work with forward thinking, progressive banks that are interested in cornering a new and growing market. Finally, you can try working with local credit unions as well as they are typically more invested in the local community than larger banks. If, in the worst case scenario, you cannot find anyone to work with you, you can try refinancing your post and beam or timber frame home (assuming you have a non load bearing home). If they ask about your insulation (which I doubt they will for a refi), simply state” cellulose insulation, which is entirely true. Just be sure to read ALL of the paperwork that comes with the loan in advance of signing to make sure that there are no specific exclusions or wording that would put you in default because of it being straw bale.

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