Luxury Net Zero Homes: Green Living Tips For The Ultra Rich

When it comes to a luxury home, it is possible to enjoy all of the trappings of elegant living, while also keeping one’s house eco-friendly for the ultimate net zero home.  Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can make your home more sustainable.  It is possible to achieve this goal without giving up any of the lifestyle perks that you are accustomed to!

1. Selecting Natural Materials

While many people might initially think of something out of a rural Little House on the Prairie setting when they first hear the words “log home,” the truth is that those interested in luxury properties are finding green eco friendly log homes meet and surpass their needs.  While they can enjoy all of the perks of a luxury home, they simultaneously know that they are doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint.  Selecting old growth timber for floors, frames and beams can give a home a depth and classic beauty.  Oftentimes homes are even built right into rock formations, which can provide amazing insulation properties. 

2.  Selecting Eco-Friendly Products

No matter how much money you may have in the bank, it doesn’t make sense to pay the high costs that are associated with running a second or third home.  Non-toxic spray insulation and high quality polyester batts can achieve tightness and prevent air leakage.  Select washing machines, dishwasher and toilets models that reduce water consumption, LED lighting and low energy appliances.  All of these eco-friendly changes will work together to dramatically reduce your home’s bills.

3.  Integrate Your Home into a Natural Setting

One of the best states to build or buy an eco-friendly home is Colorado, which provides some of the best natural scenery in the country.  Whether you choose Winter Park, Vail, Aspen or Beaver Creek, you will be close to world class attractions like skiing, snowshoeing and hiking.   Many people don’t realize that these areas are quite sunny year-round.  When a home is positioned towards the sun, you have the further advantage of making use of solar energy.

For example, offered to the market for the first time is the Eco Home at 119 Elk Meadows in Tabernash, which neighbors the resort town of Winter Park Colorado, one of the country’s top ski resorts. The home is selling at Luxury Absolute Auction – with No Reserve, October 25, 2012 by Supreme Auctions. Due to all the eco-features in this home, the operating costs are a fraction of what they would be.  This remarkable property offers four huge master suites, a gourmet kitchen and massive dining room and great rooms that can fit 200 people for soirees.  Plus, this home includes a $1 million+ custom entertainment cave.

Even though the Eco Home is nearly 15,000 square feet, its utilities are just $450 per month due to all of its eco-friendly features and capacity to be a net zero home. If you follow the proper guidelines in setting up a property that works in harmony with its natural surroundings, you can achieve similar cost savings.  This is the ideal way to enjoy the good life, while benefitting our planet at the same time. As for the stunning property on Elk Meadows, near Winter Park, the area inspires visitors from around the world and rewards those lucky enough to call this home. Check out the property auction page and see for yourself.

This blog post was provided by Supreme Auctions. Supreme Auctions leads the auction industry with the most current systems, resources and experience to make sure your real estate auction experience is an exceptional one.


Luxurious Winter Park Eco Home For Sale At No Reserve Live Absolute Auction 10/25

This stunning and luxury-packed 15,000 square foot custom eco home just outside of Winter Park, CO – one of the world’s premier ski resort towns, known for its quiet, family-centric and culture-rich lifestyle – is selling via a Luxury Real Estate Auction with No Reserve on October 25th courtesy of Supreme Auctions of Keller Williams Realty International and brokered by Paul Smith of VailSmith Properties.

While it’s difficult to break away from its breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, custom art collection, 6 bedrooms and 7 baths, and its custom $1 million hometheater, much less its gourmet kitchen, entertaining area able to accommodate up to 200 guests, 4 unique master suites, heated garage – this remarkable home on 119 Elk Meadows in Tabernash (Grand County) was not only built with a quality rivaling that of the so-called golden age of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, it’s also decidedly modern. In fact, thanks to its green and sustainable design features, including miles of in-floor radiant heat, R42 & R52 SIP panels, triple redundancy heating system with geothermal, natural gas and solar photoviltaic, triple glazed argon filled windows and more, it only costs an average of $10,000 per year to heat and cool the property. Compare that to the average costs to heat a non-eco home of this size – which would run somewhere to the tune of $12,000 per month.

Because of its privacy and views, technology and style, access to limitless recreation and entertainment, space and substance – altogether 119 Elk Meadows near Winter Park is the real estate opportunity of a lifetime for the lucky winner of the upcoming No Reserve Absolute Auction on October 25th.

Offered to the market for the first time by the original owner, this incredible property will be available for viewing prior to auction commencing September 29th from 12 noon – 4pm. For more information on how to schedule a viewing or become eligible to bid at auction on October 25th, see Terms and Conditions on the Property Auction page. For more information visit Supreme-Auctions.com or call 866-929-2243.

This blog post was provided by Supreme Auctions. Supreme Auctions leads the auction industry with the most current systems, resources and experience to make sure your real estate auction experience is an exceptional one.


Up for Auction Tomorrow, June 12: Uncommon Ground in Dallas, Texas

Surrounded by 11+/- gated acres, Uncommon Ground features incredible privacy, gorgeous scenery, a stunning residence, guest cottage, museum, and more. Selling Absolute. Featuring a custom, stately design, this unique residence on 11+/- acres offers a very open, three-story layout with a master suite, mother-in-law suite, and guest bedroom. The home is well appointed and features a massive master suite with opulent bathroom, dual walk-in closets, personal laundry room, and a fitness facility. Features throughout include a fireplace with a mid-18th century European walnut mantle from France, remodeled kitchen, beautiful spiral staircase, fashionable lighting, game room with bar, basement, 4-car attached garage, and much more. This estate is ideally suited for entertaining and has incredible views of the surrounding landscape. A wooden deck overlooking the creek has an installed audio system and electrical access, further adding to the options for outdoor enjoyment. Also included nearby is a charming guest cottage that has been recently renovated and is perfect for overnight guests or a caretaker’s residence. Ranchero Estate Nestled within 3+/- acres of gorgeous scenery, the Dallas Premier Home will be Selling Absolute. The Dallas Premier Home encompasses 3+/- acres and boasts an elegant tree-lined circular drive and pristine, professional landscape. The residence offers a spacious, 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath floor plan with plentiful space for entertaining guests. The home’s features are very attractive and feature a handsome master suite, floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, crown molding, three out-buildings, and much more. This home is selling furnished.

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Robert Mondavi's Napa Vally Estate Headed to the Auction

The Napa Valley home of late winemaker Robert Mondavi will be put on the auction block November 16. The estate, which includes 56 acres, an indoor pool with a retractable roof, two tennis courts and an underground wine cellar was listed just last year at $25 million. Bids will begin at $13.9 million for the house that dates back to 1979. The 11,500-square-feet of living space has just two bedrooms but ample entertaining space, both indoors and out. The home is situated just minutes from Mondavi’s famed winery. 

 

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Available for Auction on July 20: Hidden Valley Ranch

Hidden Valley Ranch: Hidden Valley Hideaway is perched atop a hill overlooking the natural beauty of Bitterroot Valley. This sprawling estate, selling fully furnished, is situated on 259+/- acres of pristine Montana countryside. Located in the charming town of Victor, Hidden Valley Hideaway is the ultimate in luxurious living and ideal for entertaining. Boasting a spacious and lavish design, this home offers a large entertainment deck and attached heated 3-car garage. The home features 4 impressive bedrooms, each with private bathrooms, 3 powder rooms, grand room with full wet bar, a 750-bottle wine room, sun room, office, exercise room, game room, and theater. The master suite has a vaulted ceiling, private deck, fireplace, and bathroom with dual vanity and luxurious tub/shower area. This award winning kitchen is a chef’s dream with gorgeous cabinetry, granite countertops, designer fixtures and top of the line appliances.

This property is available for auction on July 20, 2011 at 11 A.M. Contact J. Craig King to learn more.


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"Island In The Sky" Mansion to Go Up For Auction; Some Proceeds Will Benefit Japan Tsunami Relief Effort

Japanese-born architect and current owner of the "Island in the Sky" mansion in Water Mill, NY, Setsuo Ito is putting the estate up for auction. He lost his home in Japan due to the earthquake/tsunami that hit March 11, which is part of the reason he's selling. But, to help the victims of the natural disater in Japan, 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale will benefit relief efforts. The auction will take place on June 26. [Curbed]

View the listing on the duPont REGISTRY for the Island In The Sky here.


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