These SoCal Homes Come Solar Standard

Attention, Southern California home-buyers: if you’re looking for a greener version of the standard American master-planned community, you may want to check out Fair Oaks Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley.

While these 1,846 to 2,432 square foot homes come with a variety of green features–including low VOC finishes, energy efficient appliances, low flow water fixtures and drought-tolerant, native landscaping–a feature we particularly like is the built-in solar. As part of the LivingSmart Home standard now universal in all of Pardee Homes’ developments, SunPower solar power systems come integrated into the roof tiles of each new home.

Pardee Solar

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Also part of the LivingSmart Home standard are fluorescent lights, radiant barrier roof sheathing, low-E spectrally selective glass windows, and tankless water heaters.

Pardee Fair Oaks Ranch

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Fair Oaks Ranch homes start in the low $400,000’s and are said to offer easy freeway access for the commute to L.A., as well as close proximity to local shopping, dining, fitness centers, entertainment and services.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.