Your Passive Solar Home In Telluride

Got a spare $1.5  million laying around? The Solar Concept House, located in beautiful Telluride, Colorado, has commanding views of 14,017 foot Wilson Peak, easy access to ski runs and golf, and is going for nearly $400,000 less than its estimated fair market value from pre-recession days.

Teluride Real Estate Corporation (TREC) reports that this compound covers 1.5 acres, is surrounded by many more acres of protected greenspace, and comes with two “luxury residences”–a main house, plus a matching guest house on separate roads, one above the other on the wooded hillside, connected only by a lit walkway through the woods–were built to leverage “everything known about passive solar design.” 

Telluride Solar Concept House

image via Telluride Real Estate Corporation

The loft-style main house features a flexible floorplan of movable walls, expansive walls of glass, and high thermal mass designed to absorb and store the solar thermal energy during the heat of the day, and release it slowly at night, cutting back on those high-altitude heating bills.

And should that $1.5 million pittance strain the coffers in these difficult economic times, TREC notes that renting one of these homes while living in the other offers the perfect cashflow opportunity, with no loss of privacy.

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.