Avery, California — Green Home For Sale

Off-Grid “Green” Solar/ Photo-Voltaic 2500 sq. ft. House Motherlode Central Sierra Foothills of Calaveras County at 4,000 ft. ‘Golden Eagle Oaks’ with amazing long views on exquisite 6 acres Stanislaus River Canyon ‘banana belt’ near Arnold CA.

Listing ID: 20117

  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Off the Grid
  • Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Solar - Photovoltaic

Asking Price (USD) $299,000
Annual Property Tax $1,712
Annual Utility Cost $400
Home Area 2,500 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 6 acres
Year Built 2000

Property Description

Conventional stick-built 2x4 & 2x6 balloon frame/ T111 Doug Fir ply with fiber glass batts & tech foam, earthquake tempered straps and heavy foundation pylons at strategic places. It was painted in 2015. The roof is all recently installed or built: composition shingles on gables (2012), heavy roll-roofing on long shallow gable (2012), enamel on steel on new south addition (2014), glass on solarium (2014). Fully off grid with 2.5 Kw of solar panels on structures and new south addition roof, Trace SW4024 sine wave power Inverter with 36 new gel-cell 250 kwh 12 VDC batteries. Spring on premises provides 200 gallons of high quality water/ day, pumped uphill to gravity system for house and drip irrigation feeds for garden and orchard. New solarium with active fan-pumped heat to house interior and extensive glazing provides nearly all daily heating in winter with three wood stove backup. Solar tempering on new addition with swamp cooler provides adequate summer cooling with aluminized insulation panels over glazing. The house has extraordinary long views to the north, east and south with a 200 foot tall hilltop to the west (property goes to top of hill, the tallest in about a five mile radius). Views include north and middle fork of Stanislaus River Canyon, Love Creek Watershed & California Big Trees State Park. There are fifteen rooms on three levels with the top two levels finished (large party or bonus room being completed 2016). The lower 900 sq. ft. garden level has a shop and extensive storage. There's no garage yet, but parking for 4 vehicles adjacent to house with lower road for RV parking, etc. The driveway is a steep but nearly straight forty yards off the gravel road, itself a mile from the nearest paved road (Love Creek Rd.).

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

The house is nearly self-sufficient except for propane used for cook stove, hot water and older Servel refrigerator that still works well enough, with its own fully automated sine wave 120 VAC electric power system, an independent, also fully automated 12VDC system for powering a secondary backup lighting system throughout, a spring-fed water system with both solar-powered slow pumping & a well pump for rapid pumping from 4,000 gallons of water storage. The moderate California Sierra climate at 4,000 ft. allows for reasonable comfort with modest fiberglass, tech foam and dual pane window thermal insulation. The house can be separated into zones for partial heating or cooling requirements. There are attics with insulated celings and floors in addition to the walls. The fully clear eastern horizon allows the house to start heating early in the morning in winter, and the western hill stops insolation by late afternoon in summer. There is room in the large pantry for two full-sized refrigerators, one electric and one gas, as currently used. There is ample dry wood storage for both floors. There are 2 Kw of flat panel solar collectors installed with ample expansion space on the roof of the new south addition (wired and ready to go).

Neighborhood Description

The newly upgraded house is in a small off-the-grid subdivision called Dowd's Landing on the eastern slope near the top of Dowd's Hill, near the edge of the Stanislaus River Canyon with extraordinary panoramic long views in all but the westerly direction. It sits on a flat cut out of a moderate slope with an eastern terraced garden, a western orchard (apples, pears, cherries, plums and misc. trees), a north side driveway and parking area next to a rose garden with 3 kinds of mature oaks nearby.

Market Area

The nearest town is Arnold, CA,, 4 miles away, the largest in rural Calaveras County. Arnold is the gateway to the high Sierra summer vacation land, beginning with Big Trees State Park and up to the winter ski resort of Bear Valley, with a nice super-market, a good hardware and garden specialty store, enough restaurants & most essential services in a modern shopping center, The secondary town is Murphys, a quaint & lovely weekend trip for restaurants, wineries & Kautz Ironstone Amphitheater.

School District

Avery Middle School is nearby (just over a mile). The highly-rated Hazel Fisher Elementary School is in Arnold, and the Twain-Hart High School is in Angels Camp 20 miles away with its new auditorium and well-maintained sports fields. School buses operate in the area (not all the way out to the private road of Golden Eagle Oaks), & public transportation is available to many of the local Motherlode towns. Regional Columbia College is a 45 minute trip to the Sonora area,across the river.


The community is a mixture of locals: typically forest workers, mountain ranchers, retirees, San Francisco Bay Area and valley-town commuters; and various second/ vacation home owner/ weekend commuters. It's mostly quiet and pleasant with low traffic and very few stop lights. The roads are well-maintained by Cal-Trans and the county, and the main Highway 4 corridor is a designated "Scenic Tour" route. The whole area is quite beautiful--a virtual "Little Yosemite." Yosemite is only 2 hours away.

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Three Story

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area No
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Solar - Active
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Swamp Cooler
Ventilation System Whole House Fan
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Off the Grid
Photovoltaic (PV)
Solar - Photovoltaic
Water System Other
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Metal
Shingles - Other
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Plywood
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Carpet
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No

Property Website

Website: http://also shown on Zillow

Contact Information

Ted Denmark

4398 Harmony Ln., POB 122
Avery, CA 95224 US
Telephone: (209) 795-2160

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