Greenest Boulder Real Estate For Sale

Greenest HomeAs a Boulder Realtor, I have many opportunities to help people find the home of their dreams. The home for sale at 429 Spruce street is definitely one of those opportunities. I recently helped bring some people together for a tour of the Next West house on Spruce Street. It’s the first example of residential Boulder real estate, or residential real estate anywhere in the U.S. for that matter, to get LEED platinum certification. It’s truly the greenest home in America. Joel Ripmaster from Colorado Landmark Realtors is the listing agent and represents the seller of the Next West house.

With the help of Steve Baus from Simple Solar in Boulder (who designed and installed the Solar Electric System for this home), and Elizabeth Dolan of Superior, several of our friends from the area got a personal tour of Bruce Oreck’s Next West house.

Local Boulder home builder Bob Hughes and his team at Hughes Construction did the heavy lifting on this project. And a local Boulder architect was also part of the program.

LED LightingIf you’d like to see the inside of this house, call or email me and I’ll put you on the invite list for our next tour. Elizabeth said that we can arrange a future opportunity to get another tour from Bruce, and I know a few of you I spoke with wanted to come but couldn’t make our last date. It’s a great look at what can be done with off-the-shelf products and technology.

While this home is full of the latest technology, it’s very interesting to hear Bruce Oreck talk about how his vision for this home, and some of where he’s coming from really is connected to the way our past generations of ancestors lived prior to 20th and 21st century conveniences.

Bruce Oreck and LED Light TechnologyHe’s quick to point out as one of the first things you should notice is that without any lights on in the home, it’s very easy to see and live in almost every room. When you do need to turn on artificial lighting, the home utilizes the latest and most sophisticated LED lamp hardware.

Another great feature that goes beyond the typical green-building points such as solar panels and lots of insulation is the induction cooktop. It uses a mere fraction of the energy of a typical gas range, and since it doesn’t get hot, is probably the safest cooktop you could imagine, especially if you have kids who haven’t learned not to touch.

Solar Electric Photo VoltaicWith other systems like grey water management, geothermal climate control, and a photovoltaic system that includes a massive storage system, the home has plenty for the technology junkie. But this home had to fit into the architectural style of west Boulder, so it’s no crazy contraption from the future.

Check it out for yourself at , or call or email me if you think this is a home worth exploring. If you think you would like to buy this home, or one like it, and don’t already have a buyer’s agent, I’d consider it a privilege to work for you as your agent. If you’re interested in learning more about how this green-built home was done, call or email me so I can get you on invite list for the next tour… or if you’re ready to buy a home like this (after all, it IS for sale), let’s get you inside today.

(SOLD winter of 2009/2010)

Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker® at RE/MAX Alliance Boulder


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