Beautiful Straw Bale House For Sale in California

InteriorCheck out this beautiful, artisan-owner designed straw bale home located in rural Lake County, California. This unique one-bedroom, one-bathroom retreat is waiting for a free-spirited buyer. There are lovingly planned-out adobe wall decor details indoors and out. The large bonus room is perfect for a home office or artist’s studio. The property’s more than 13 acres of rolling meadow offer serene views of pastoral valley land that provides serenity and beauty around the home. The 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.

13 acre propertyBuilt in 2001, this energy efficient straw bale home is off the grid  and waiting for you to make it your own personal oasis! The highly efficient straw bale construction is powered by solar energy and passive solar design. No toxic materials were used in the construction of the home and the walls are entirely made of straw and clay which provide a natural system that balances humidity and improves interior air quality. Most of the flooring throughout the home is stone tile. In addition to the passive solar design, the house is heated with both a hydronic floor heating system and a wood stove for “flash heat.”

BedroomThe straw bale home includes a spacious home office, storage room, and butler’s pantry. With 13 acres, there is plenty of room for your chickens, horses, an olive orchard or whatever your heart desires. Interesting features of the home are an open loft and outside bathtub. Revive in the  garden while you enjoy beautiful meadow views. The property is only 15 minutes from Harbin Hot Springs and 30 minutes to Calistoga. This home is self sustaining (off the grid) and was built for the ecologically minded. Lake County is well known for clean air and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities.

Home ExteriorThe price was reduced in August of 2015 to $419,900. For more photos and information, please contact the listing agent, Barbara Ellis, at 707.486.3119 or Homes@BarbaraEllis.com.

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8 Responses to Beautiful Straw Bale House For Sale in California

  1. Tamra Mon, October 27, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    is it possible to see the floor plans? It’s beautiful!!! =)

  2. Andrew
    Andrew Mon, October 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    Hi Tamra. You can contact the agent whose info is at the bottom of the post. I don’t have the floor plan to share.

  3. Dean Tue, January 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Can you tell me if this home has sold? What is the asking price?

  4. Andrew
    Andrew Wed, January 28, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    Hi Dean. I have not received a recent update from the listing agent. You can contact Barbara Ellis, the listing agent, at 707.486.3119 or Homes@BarbaraEllis.com.

  5. Wafaa Nafoussi Wed, March 23, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Wow, so straw bale houses are not affordable houses any more, the prices are super high.

  6. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Wed, March 23, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    That depends on the house and the location. Keep in mind that this house is in California where real estate prices are high regardless of the home construction type.

  7. Vanessa Ruelas Sun, January 1, 2017 at 6:22 am #

    Without Land, what would be the estimated cost per square foot. We would like to build a modest 1200-1400 sqft here in Temecula, ca.

  8. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Fri, January 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    That’s a very hard question to answer without building in that area. Labor and materials cost vary greatly by region. Here in Southern Oregon, you might expect to pay about $150/sf for a contractor built bale home, but in Sonoma County, CA that same house might cost $300-$400 per square foot. It’s best to talk to builders in your area and see what they anticipate your costs would be. In general, you can plan on a bale home costing about 20% more than a conventional home of the same size (but not same R value).

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