Colorado mountainside earthship for sale – I actually toured this one!

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I was so excited to find this place near Idaho Springs (west of Denver Colorado) for sale earlier this week. Lupe and I had actually gone to see it on a solar/green homes tour in 2003! Back then we spoke with the owner about if she would ever sell it, but she was still in the building phase so not even considering selling at that time. But now… here it is on the market!

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And really close to our price range! Currently listed at $180,000 this custom-built earthship home has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom in 1800 square feet on a 5 acre lot.

We fell instantly in love with this place… it may have even been the first earthship we ever saw. It is located on the side of a hill, surrounded by those gorgeous continental divide Rocky mountains.

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The inside of this solar-powered earthship… is a hand-made work of organic art… exuding warmth, light and love for the earth, sun and mountains. (Can you tell I am hyped about it?)

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image from: realtor.com

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This home is green-built and is a TRUE earthship house, not just an earth-bermed house.

What’s the difference you ask? Well, a true earthship structure is made with dirt-filled recycled tires, and this one near Idaho Springs was, in fact, built in that manner:

The outside walls are constructed with 1200 tires compacted with dirt and covered with 3″ of concrete. For plant lovers, a planter extends the entire front length of the inside of the home.

- from: http://www.stonegate-realestate.com/Real_Estate/ListingDetail.cfm?ID=581

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When we went to see this house almost a decade ago (if I remember correctly) there were still some unfinished and exposed areas of the house that revealed the tire construction. Now, all you see is smooth finished undulating walls…

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In this photo (below) you can kind of see the outline of the stacked tires beneath the concrete finish:

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The hallway to the bedrooms and bathroom is on the “dark side” of the earthship (the part that is buried underground)…

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The bedrooms are funky and each is a little different:

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image from: realtor.com

image from: realtor.com

image from: realtor.com

image from: realtor.com

One thing you might have noticed, is that all the bedrooms and the bathroom are open to each other on the south end where the planter runs below the window wall. It’s great for air circulation… but not so great for privacy.

I see that they have curtains up in the open spaces of this earthship, but that would not stop my kiddos from verbally driving each other (and me) bonkers.

Shucks. I loved the place before I had kids. Now, I see that it is not the most practical place for us after all.

If you would like to read all the details on this unique home, see here and here.

As for me… well… my ballon is deflated.

My earthsip is sunk.  :(

 

 

 

9 Responses to Colorado mountainside earthship for sale – I actually toured this one!

  • housestory says:

    That’s a great place! My husband and I visited the Taos earthships a few years ago, and he is crazy for them. I better now show him this listing, unless I’m ready to pack up and move…

  • housecrazy says:

    Neat – we went to see the Taos earthships a couple of times! I just love those things!

  • Aaron Kissinger says:

    Just curious what taxes are on something like a eart home?

    • housecrazy says:

      Hi Aaron, from what I know of the county (Clear Creek County) property taxes on a house that size would be aout $1200 a year – but that’s just a guestimate based on my own home search there. You’d have to contact the realtor to get te tax info for the previous year.

  • warren neyens says:

    Hello my name is Warren. I would like more information and price and lot size please. Thank you

    • housecrazy says:

      Hi Warren, I am NOT a realtor and hence, this is not my listing. (If I had a penny for every email I got asking for more info about this earthship – I’d be rich!!) Anyway, I was told it sold last year so it is no longer an active listing.

  • Dave Nave says:

    NICE! but i think it’s either been sold or taken off the market. Spent some time a couple years ago around Taos and CO. got to see at least a dozen earthships and one near Flourissant had a layout like what this one is, BUT they added walls to make the BR’s private WITH windows high in the wall for the solar gain and light! worst case, it would be on the cold side in the BR’s but a lot more private – and quieter for the haggled mommy…

  • justin lefor says:

    is this house sill for sale ?

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