Marrying thoughtful sustainability with stylish design, these five homes prove that it actually is easy being green.
Modern Green Farmhouse
At the top of a knoll at the end of a gated country lane in the famed Carneros region of Sonoma, this modern wine-country estate includes a two-bedroom 3,557-square-foot home, a one-bedroom guesthouse, a courtyard and private hot tub patio, tiered gardens, and an indoor-outdoor entertaining pavilion—all on just over five acres. Environmentally sustainable and committed to innovative technical and aesthetic elements, it features a solar-power system, a wind generator, and a charging station in the three-car garage.
Offered at: $3,775,000
Location: 21620 Pearson Ave, Sonoma, CA 95476
Sophisticated Santa Fe Oasis
Conveniently located less than a mile from Santa Fe’s historic Plaza but still peacefully private, this 4,337-square-foot three-bedroom home exemplifies sophisticated Southwestern style and enjoys serene mountain views in multiple directions. Enlarged and significantly updated, it is full of well-lit spaces with shelving and walls ideal for displaying an art collection and benefits from a complete photovoltaic electric power supply, solar hot water, and other up-to-the-minute energy-saving features.
Offered at: $1,890,000
Location: 789 Stagecoach Circle, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Sleek and Sensible Sonoma Masterpiece
This new modern masterpiece offers a unique combination of stylish contemporary living spaces, a beautiful setting with views of the enveloping hills, a convenient location blocks from Sonoma Plaza, and certified green construction. The roughly two-acre grounds include the main residence; a guesthouse; lovely landscaping; a terrace for dining, entertaining, and lounging; a lap pool and spa; and a zinfandel vineyard. Among the ecologically sensible features are sustainable oak floors, solar panels, and an electric-vehicle charging station in the garage.
Offered at: $5,250,000
Location: 855 Grapestone Lane, Sonoma, CA 95476
Santa Fe’s Casa Sagrada
This unique Asian-inspired home—built of nontoxic, green, and sustainable materials—is an oasis on 19.89 acres minutes from downtown Santa Fe. It features a circular living room, a superior kitchen and dining room, three bedrooms, a covered patio with a fireplace, a study, a koi pond, windows designed after the Summer Palace in Beijing, and a roof deck with stunning views. The estate also includes a geodesic dome greenhouse, a wine and root cellar, organic gardens, and fruit trees.
Offered at: $2,500,000
Location: 144 La Barbaria Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Spectacular Mountain Retreat
A half hour from downtown Santa Fe, this 126-acre retreat in New Mexico’s Ortiz Mountains borders conservation land and enjoys truly breathtaking views. It encompasses an architect-designed 3,600-square-foot residence, three-season outdoor living and entertaining spaces, an attached guesthouse with three bedroom suites, a swimming pool, and a spa. One of two solar systems is connected to the grid and provides much of the electricity, while the other heats the pool and the home during the cooler months.
Offered at: $1,500,000
Location: 88 Vista Del Oro, Santa Fe, NM 87010