Best Eco-Homes On The Market Right Now
Wildflowers on the roof? Solar-powered swimming pools? You name it, these eco-homes have got it. Not only are they designed to have a low impact on the environment – they’re also luxurious modern homes that will help you get back to nature. So if you’re looking to live a little greener, look no further: these are best eco-homes on the market right now.
Best Eco-Homes on the Market
Ullswater Close, Putney Heath, London
This property boasts breathtaking design with contemporary interiors endless floor to ceiling windows and huge ceilings leaving it feeling bright and spacious throughout. It’s characterised by sleek, modern and earthy interiors inside; there’s an impressive kitchen/dining room/ living area, a stunning principal bedroom, and a beautiful zen garden outside with plenty of space for alfresco dining or drinking. On top of all this – it’s been built with energy saving in mind: there’s underfloor heating throughout, automatic electric blinds, and state of the art energy efficiency construction. Available through Knight Frank for £4,000,000.
Franklin Avenue, Culver City, California
Positioned in an enclave in California’s Culver City, this property offers effortless contemporary luxury, which are complemented by an abundance of natural light. This extensive natural light is a result of the designer having the environment in mind when building. Other features include the impressive sound design, EV charging point and the heavy integration of indoor-outdoor living. Available through The Agency for $2,850,000.
Camden Mews, Camden Town, London
Tucked away on a quiet cobbled mews, this award winning four-bedroom home was designed by renowned engineer, Max Fordham OBE. It’s the first ever property to be verified as net zero carbon, thanks to the considerable dedication that went into constructing it. Think low-carbon cement and timber, woodfibre insulation, cork flooring, triple-glazed windows and rooftop solar panels, as well the rest of the energy being sourced from Good Energy, the renewable electricity supplier. Meanwhile inside, the property is spacious and boasts a functional and minimalist aesthetic, with plenty of wood throughout. Available through Dexters for £1,350 per week.
Mount Avenue, Ealing, London
This property boasts upper wooden fascia and foliage exteriors, seamlessly blending it into its surroundings and reflecting its position as an eco-home. It has exceptional energy efficiency, thanks to the air course heat pumps, solar panels, heating controls and thermal insulation, meaning you can enjoy its plethora of luxury leisure features think jacuzzi, spa, sauna, cinema room, games room and the 37 ft swimming pool – without having to worry about your carbon footprint. Plus, the triple height atrium and floor to ceiling window means the property is flooded with free natural light. Available through Hamptons for £6,000,000.
Ham Island, Windsor, Berkshire
Sitting on the banks of the River Thames, this property boasts stunning views of Richmond Lock, accessed through the plethora of floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies; these and the skylights also flood the property with natural light. The waterside garden is pretty and landscaped, and is ideal for lounging around on sunny days or alfresco entertaining in the summer. Inside, it’s sleekly modern and there’s good space to entertain when the weather’s bad. The property has been carefully built to ensure there’s minimal use of wasted or extra energy: there’s underfloor heating, solar PV energy with hot water priority, triple glazed windows, a heat recovery ventilation system with pollen filters and it’s got an A-rated energy efficiency certificate. Available through Knight Frank for £1,895,000
Roccastrada, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy
This dreamy Tuscan villa sits amongst idyllic Mediterranean landscape, surrounded by water canals. This property boasts an abundance of space, with its eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms and four kitchens and reception rooms respectively. And it’s set within 3.46 acres of its own land; out here you’ll find the gorgeous swimming pool, alongside a plethora of eco-friendly features. There’s 130 olive trees, multitude fruit trees, a vegetable garden, photovoltaic panels for heating, solar panels, an original Vivarelli windmill and rainwater is collected in cisterns. A life of eco-luxury. Available through Knight Frank for €1,970,000
Saint Margaret’s Residences, Magdalen Road, Exeter
Electric car charging points; ground-source heat pumps; solar roof panels – this property has them all. It’s bright, sleek and modern, and boasts open-plan style living with huge windows and high ceilings. Sitting in a quiet corner of Exeter, it’s just a stone’s throw from an abundance of independent shops and cafes, meaning you can shop sustainably and support local businesses. Available through Knight Frank for £700,000
Lake Maggiore, Novara, Italy
This idyllic lakeside escape puts indoor-outdoor living at its centre. Boasting infinite walls of glass, endless windows and numerous projecting terraces, you’ll feel connected to nature wherever you turn. And thanks to the rainwater collection system, solar panels, heat pumps and passive ventilation – this house is also eco-friendly. Plus, the fruit and vegetable garden will provide an abundance of fresh and seasonal produce – which you can cook in the special chef’s kitchen, before eating alfresco against the backdrop of Lake Maggiore. Available through Christie’s Real Estate, POA
Pollensa, Mallorca, Spain
Perched on the Puig del Tomir Mountain, surrounded by lush greenery, sits this gorgeous Mallorcan villa. Boasting panoramic stunning views, of both the mountain and the sea, each guest will live in luxury with their own bedroom, bathroom and sitting room suite. This property is positioned amongst nature, and is also nature and eco-friendly: it’s got its own water supply and solar panels. Available through Savills for £7,342,309.
Las Rozas, North West Madrid, Spain
This house isn’t just eco-friendly – it’s an ecosystem unto itself. Situated just north of Madrid in the bustling town of Las Rozas, the Spanish mansion is teeming the verdant plant life. There are botanical gardens full of birds and vegetation, an artificial river surrounding the property and great greenhouse style rooms patterned with Tunisian mosaics. Inside is positively palatial, with suite style bedrooms, sprawling drawing rooms and a winter kitchen with Carrera marble walls. If all that luxury makes it difficult to believe you’re helping the environment, don’t worry – the pool is heated by solar panels, and there are fruit trees and wild strawberry fields to make sure you’re eating local. Available through Sothebys International Realty for €4,950,000
Rapallo, Liguria, Italy
Who said luxury had to cost the earth? This enviable four-bedroom villa designed by architect Stefano Ghini has beautiful open plan living spaces that flow out into the garden, and a pool from which you can gaze down over Portofino and the Italian Riviera. It’s also kitted out with solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, triple glazing and low energy lighting. All this equipment does more than just reduce your impact on the planet – it also reduces the impact on your pocket, as it means the house has no hot water or electricity bills. How’s that for green? Available through Savills for €2,200,000
Lower Mill Estate, Cotswolds
Looking for a sustainable holiday home? Look no further. The brainchild of eco-home experts Habitat First, Lower Mill Estate is a modern country estate nestled on the shores of the Cotswolds water park. Through natural materials and eco-friendly architecture, their aim is to make every home as sustainable as possible. There are an array of gorgeous designs to choose from, but our favourite is the Habitat House which – with it’s distinctive wildflower sloping roof – looks like a 21st century Hobbit hole, and blends seamlessly with the surrounding environment. A green home for a green future. Available through Lower Mill Estate, price on enquiry.
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