Green Build Mountain Home Off the Grid Self Sufficient
Have you ever dreamed of living in the mountains yet have all the comforts of a house in the city? Have the ability to be in the city in 30 minutes, at the ocean in 25 minutes, yet have all the privacy you cannot get in the city? Well now you can.
This spectacular mountain home is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California USA.
A beautiful gated property with lush gardens featuring 10 acres of land with tall redwoods, madrone trees, douglas- fir and oak trees.
The house was built primarily from trees cut and milled on the property, with open beam ceilings made of redwood and numerous wood accents to set the tone of the great outdoors.
Featuring a 1850sqf single story ranch style house with a loft and outdoor living space featuring redwood decks surrounding the house on three sides totaling 1000Sqf of decks. The property is partially fenced with an electric gate.
The house has two bedrooms and two bathrooms with a loft currently used as an office and a guest room.
Enjoy cooking? The large open kitchen has plenty of counter space and storage complemented by a 6 burner gas stove, 22CF energy efficient refrigerator and energy efficient dishwasher. The large living room and dining area are naturally illuminated by sun light coming thru sky lights and windows overlooking a park like scene and creek.
Sunny parcel with fruit and citrus trees with plenty of space to grow your own vegetables. The property has plenty of flat open space to add on additional houses and livestock.
Two creeks run thru the property with lots of fresh water year round. Additionally the house has two wells, two water tanks a 5500 gallons and a 1650 gallons, fire hydrant, plenty of storage area totaling about 800sqf of storage. The household water is filtered by three different filters a sediment filter, an Iron filter, and a water softener filter. Electricity is produced by two solar electric arrays totaling 2960 watts and stored in a battery bank totaling 900 AMP/H providing nonstop power. Additionally you have two generators a 15KW and an 8KW to use as a backup, fuel storage equal to 160 gallons.
The Santa Cruz Mountains have a Mediterranean type climate typical of most of California, with the majority of the annual precipitation falling between November and April. According to the National Weather Service, this totals more than 50 inches (127 cm) annually. Heavy summer fogs frequently cover the western ocean-facing slopes and valleys, resulting in drizzle and fog drip caused by condensation on the redwoods, pines, and other trees, which sustains the moisture-loving redwood forests.
The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to an unusual abundance of parks and protected open spaces, notable among them is California’s oldest state park: Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Other state parks include Castle Rock State Park, Portola Redwoods State Park, Butano State Park, The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, McNee Ranch State Park and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with its famous Redwood Grove walking trail. Additional land is protected by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), the Sempervirens Fund and local county parks districts. Hiking, horse-riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and backpacking are popular activities. There are two long-distance trails in the range: the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, which winds 38 miles (58 km) from Castle Rock State Park through Big Basin to the Pacific Ocean, and the Bay Area Ridge Trail, which, while still disjointed, here roughly parallels Skyline Boulevard along the spine of the range. There also exist several backcountry campsites in many of the state parks that enable long distance multi-day outings. Castle Rock State Park has open rock faces suitable for rock climbing and bouldering.
The previous historic Old Almaden Winery was located on the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was the first commercial winery in California, planting high quality European (French) varietal vines.
Film director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma had their primary residence near Scotts Valley, the Cornwall Ranch, purchased in September 1940.
In 1965, science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein constructed a compound in Bonny Doon, and lived there until shortly before his death in 1988.
The area welcomes a tremendous number of species of birds. (see: bird list). Black-tailed Deer, a subspecies of Mule deer are common, as are Western Gray Squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons. Foxes, coyotes, bobcats, cougars and human-introduced Virginia Opossums also inhabit the region but are rarely seen. Rattlesnakes are also inhabitants, mostly in the high, dry chaparral.