San Manuel, Arizona — Green Home For Sale

Private Sonoran desert retreat-45 mins to Tucson. 2712 SF rastra super-insulated; 3 bed/3 bath,chef's kitchen,great room w/fireplace. 15 acres,200 acres of conservation land. Bird watching,stargazing,hiking. Casita & gardens. Buyers agent protected.

Listing ID: 19291

  • Green Home
  • Photovoltaic (PV)

Annual Property Tax $1,492
Annual Utility Cost $2,250
Home Area 2,712 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Total Property Area 14.7 acres
Year Built 2006

Property Description

Enjoy the best of the Sonoran Desert; lush riparian zone and mountain views from this custom Rastra block home. Rastra block is type of "insulated concrete form" ( ICF ) offering unique properties for a wall, such as insulation (R35 walls), soundproofing and fire protection, all in one building element. Rastra construction is also resistant to frost and heat radiation. It does not support the growth of mold or attract termites or other destructive insects. 85% of its volume is recycled post-consumer polystyrene waste, which otherwise would most often end up in a landfill. This 2,712 sq. ft. has a large great room/dining room (27ft x 20ft)with wood burning fireplace with stone facade and Mesquite mantel.8ftx 30ft post & beam patio off the great room. 15'x17' chef's kitchen with pass-thru, skylights and backlit sliding glass door pantry, with stainless steel appliances; gas range,2nd gas wall oven,Bosch silent energy/water saver dishwasher,side by side frig,microwave,under counter wine cooler,deep stainless sink with disposal and reverse osmosis water filter,second prep sink in island with instant hot water dispenser. Cherry cabinets with under cabinet lighting, custom tile backsplashes and granite counters.14ftx16ft covered post & beam patio off the kitchen. Master bedroom suite with walk in closet, 8ft sliding door unit, jacuzzi tub, italian ceramic tile, twin bowl,custom cherry vanity. Completing the first level floorplan is a second bathroom with custom tile shower, laundry room with sink & storage cabinets, & mechanical room.16x16 continuous tile running throughout the first floor, master bedroom is carpeted. All first floor rooms are 10 ft high. Step upstairs on a sunlit 15ft high Brazilian Cherry staircase with lots of glass. The second floor has a 15ft x 18ft family room, 2 bedrooms, full bath, and office with built-in bookcases. From the family room walk out to an 8ftx16ft balcony to view the Galiuro Mountains. The balcony is constructed of Brazilian walnut (Ipe). Step out from one of the bedrooms to a 23ftx44ft roof deck for stargazing, yoga, and lounging. The second floor is carpeted except for the bathroom which is Italian ceramic tile. All rooms on the second floor have 8ft ceiling height. Windows and sliding door units are either manufactured by Pella or Milguard; all are low E double glazed. The Pella windows and sliders are triple glazed with built-in adjustable mini blinds. All doors are solid raised panel Brazilian Mahogany.
Separate 200 sq ft casita/studio with AC.

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Energy/Sustainable features of this home: super-insulation;walls R35 & R25, roof system R60. Water saving low flush toilets ( .8 & 1.6 gal flush ). Roof is designed for water harvesting and to carry the load of PV and solar hot water panels. Electrical conduit and copper piping has been run to the roof for future solar hot water and PV panels. Rinnai on demand gas tankless hot water heater, capable of running 4 appliances simultaneously. Dual stage 19 seer central AC with gas furnace. Grey water system for showers,tubs and bathroom sinks. There is a small 3 panel 450KW grid connected PV system. We are blessed to have a free flowing deep artesian well. This well is shared with our immediate neighbor and is 300 ft deep with a stainless submersible pump. the water system is designed to allow the artesian well to flow freely without restriction (aprox 2 gallons per minute). This artesian water is captured and gravity feeding two (one on each property) 1000 gallon underground water tanks. The tank is fitted with another stainless submersible pump with controls and sediment filitration. Both properties enjoy this mineral rich free flowing artesian water (fyi..the water is soft!) with a very infrequent need for the well pump to turn on. The materials and design of our home provides for a low maintenence environment, both inside and out. We have cultivated a 400 sq ft raised bed organic garden where we enjoy 2-3 growing seasons. Half of this space has 3 ft tall raised beds for standup gardening and also a framework for shadecloth for summer growing. All of the garden space is fenced for critters. We do not use pesticides or poison for weeds, insects, etc on this property. There is a small tool shed with electric nearby the garden. This home is on the Tucson Innovative Home Tour sponsored by the Tucson Solar Institute for the second year.

Neighborhood Description

Panoramic Galiuro Mountain views on 14.69 acres of rare riparian Sonoran Desert, bordering the San Pedro River & 200 acres of permanent conservation land.
The property adjoins almost 200 acres of permanent conservation land along the San Pedro River and surrounding riparian area. The caretaker of the property is SRP ( Salt River Project) . The “third party” managing partner is The Nature Conservancy. The primary conservation value, in addition to the most obvious preservation of the limited undeveloped riparian areas left in the Southwest, is the preservation of natural habitat for 2 species of endangered birds; the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher and the Yellow Billed Cuckoo. Both these species have been documented by Audubon to be nesting along this stretch of the River. The San Pedro is considered to be one of the primary pathways for migrating birds. Since our arrival in 2003 we have spotted over 60 species of migrating birds as well as the usual full time aviarian residents that we share this beautiful place with. Access to the conservation land for hiking & bird watching is available with permission. The property is part of the original 160 acres that was entirely fenced in and SRP has since installed additional fencing between the conservation area and the private land owners with gate access from various points, one of which is on this property. This is not a public access gate .

Market Area

The property is located 8 miles from the town of San Manuel ( population 3,000) and 50 miles to Tucson.

School District

San Manuel


Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

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

Interior Environment

Heating System Fireplace
Forced Air - Gas
Cooling System Conventional Forced Air - A/C
Ventilation System Part of Cooling System
Part of Heating System
Whole House Filtration HEPA filtration
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Municipal Energy
Photovoltaic (PV)
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type ICFS
Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Stucco
Interior Finish Cement Plaster
Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Carpet
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Flat
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No